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The Baby Grew Up

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The Baby Grew Up

m1Thousands and thousands will gather and sing about Jesus’ birth, but will reject His authority. They adore Him as an infant, but ignore that He came to take their punishment for their sin. They reject the true meaning of the cross. The majority of the people in this world are happy to let Jesus be a baby in a manger, but not willing to acknowledge that He is the Son of God, the second person in the trinity.

John 3:16 NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Matthew 3:17 NKJV

“And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’ ”

John 1:18 NKJV

“No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bossom of the Father, He has declared Him.”

1 John 4:9-10 NKJV

“In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

Matthew 17:5 NKJV

“While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

 

Dear Father,

As we gather and sing about Jesus’ birth, may we truly accept His authority. As we adore Him as an infant, may the reality that He came to take our punishment for our sin burn deep within us. May we embrace the true meaning of the cross. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may we never be happy to let Jesus just be a baby in a manger – may we acknowledge that He is the Son of God, the second person in the trinity.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

 

 

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From The Wells Of Salvation

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From The Wells Of Salvation

DRAWING WATER FROM THE WELLIsaiah 12:2-3 NKJV

“Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’” Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation.”

Isaiah 55:1 NKJKV

“Ho! Everyone who thirsts,

Come to the waters;

And you who have no money,

Come, buy and eat.

Yes, come, buy wine and milk

Without money and without price.”

During the Bible times, the provision of springs and wells was regarded as a gift from God, or a divine gift. As a child of God we can draw from any of the many wells that God offers. In the above verse, thirsts is a metaphor for desiring what satisfies a person’s spirit. An invitation is given for everyone who is “thirsty” to come to the waters to receive what satisfies.

Isaiah 44:3 NKJV

“For I will pour water on him who is thirst,

And floods on the dry ground;

I will pour My Spirit on your descendants,

And My blessing on your offspring”

Psalm 42:1 NKJV

“As the deer pants for the water brooks,

So pants my soul for You, O God.”

Our salvation through Jesus Christ not only restores us to a right relationship with God, but it does a whole lot more. It also supplies what is necessary for life and provides what brings us joy. In Isaiah 55:1, the words “wine and milk” are symbols of complete satisfaction. Our salvation truly brings us complete and abundant satisfaction.

Isaiah 55:1-2 NKJKV

“Ho! Everyone who thirsts,

Come o the waters;

And you who have no money,

Come, buy and eat.

Yes, come, buy wine and milk

Without money and without price.

Why do you spend money for what is not bread,

And your wages for what does not satisfy?

Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,

And let your soul delight itself in abundance.’ ”

Through our salvation we can enjoy many other benefits, favors, and, gifts from God. We can receive anything which is for our good or advantage. Christians may drink from any of the many wells that God provides. A few of them are spiritual satisfaction, belief/faith, power, peace, love, blessings, and healing, and wisdom.

 

Psalm 68:19 NKJV

“Blessed be the Lord,

Who daily loads us with benefits,

The God of our salvation.”

Psalm 116:12 NKJV

“What shall I render to the Lord

For all His benefits toward me?”

Psalm 103:2 NKJV

“Bless the Lord, O my soul,

And forget not all His benefits”

As we drink from the wells that God provides to us we must never forget to give Him the thanks that He deserves. It would have been enough for God to just save us from eternal separation from Him, however He did not stop there. Through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross we can receive much, much, more. The benefits that we are provided with are endless. We can joyfully draw water from whatever well we thirst for.

Isaiah 12:3 NKJV

“Therefore with joy you will draw water

From the wells of salvation.”

Dear Father,

Thank-you for my salvation through Jesus Christ. I will trust and not be afraid, for You are my strength and song. You are my salvation and my joy. Thank-you, that as Your child I can draw from any of the many wells that You offer. The benefits that You shower upon me are endless. Only You bring complete and abundant satisfaction. By the power of the Holy Spirit, fill me fresh and anew again and cause my soul to delight in You. May I never forget all Your benefits and may I never forget to give You the thanks that You deserve.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Revival – “I will raise up the tabernacle of David”

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Revival   – “I will raise up the tabernacle of David”

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Revival is a bringing or coming back to life or consciousness; restoration to vigor or health; a bringing or coming back to style, use, activity, etc; an awakening or increase of interest in religion. God desires for there to be a revival of worship to Him, and there will be a great revival of worship to Him before He returns. His glory (the manifest presence of God) will be experienced in a greater measure by the  body of Christ (the church) than ever before. The true body of Christ will have a season of refreshing (renewed, restored, made pleasing) before the return of the Lord.

Acts 3:19-21  NKJV    

“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.”

     Before the return of the Lord all the prophesies spoken by the prophets of long ago will be fulfilled.

Amos 9:11-15  NKJV    

“ ‘On that day I will raise up

The tabernacle of David, which has fallen down,

And repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins,

And rebuild it as in the days of old; That they may possess the remnant of Edom,

And all the gentiles who are called by My name,’

Says the Lord who does this thing.

‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord,

‘When the plowman shall overtake the reaper,

And the treader of grapes him who sows seed;

The mountains shall drip with sweet wine,

And all the hills shall flow with it,

I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; They shall build the waste cities and inhabit them;

They shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them’

They shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them.

I will plant them in their land,

And no longer shall they be pulled up

From the land I have given them,’

Says the Lord your God.”

Acts 15:16-17  NKJV     “ ‘After this I will return

And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen

down; I will rebuild its ruins,

And I will set it up; So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord,

Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name,

Says the Lord who does all these things.’ ”

     It is the desire of God that His glory fill the earth.  In the last days when the glory of God is manifest upon His people (the body of Christ) there will be an abundance of provision (material, physical and spiritual) and harvest (souls). However, we have a part to play in seeing that God’s desire is fulfilled. Sin cannot enter into the presence of God. No matter how much someone may say that they want to experience (and stay in) the glory of the Lord, they will not with sin in their life. Man cannot come into God’s presence without going by Jesus. There is a difference between stumbling upon the glory of God and the glory of God staying upon you, just as there is a difference between a visitation of the glory of God and a habitation of the glory of God.

Exodus 3:1-6  NKJV    

“Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest  Midian.  And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountains of God. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, ‘I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.’ So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, a God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ Then He said, ‘Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.’ Moreover He said, ‘I am the God of your father – the God of  Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.’ ”

     What would have happened to Moses if he had not obeyed God when he ‘came upon’ where the manifest presence of the Lord was? God expected something out of Moses in order for him to draw closer to Him. He expected Moses to regard Him and the ground that he stood upon as holy. It was set apart by the divine presence of God for His purpose. Moses was told to remove his sandals possibly as an acknowledgement of God holiness and authority. We too, when we come into the presence of God must acknowledge His holiness and authority and submit to Him.

Joshua 5:13-16  NKJV    

“And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, ‘Are You for us or our adversaries?’ So He said, ‘No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.’ And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, ‘What does my Lord say to His servant?’ Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, ‘Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.’ And Joshua did so.”

     Throughout the ages God has manifested Himself over and over. When God shows Himself, He expects something out of us.

Isaiah 6:1-5  NKJV   

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!’
And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: ‘Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean; lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.’ ”

     When Isaiah encountered the glory of the Lord, he admitted that he was a sinner and sought repentance. Repentance will keep the presence of God upon us and our lives. In the church, as a whole, there are times that God moves in a mighty fashion and His sweet presence (His glory) fills the place. In order for His glory to stay upon us, our lives, and our church we must take His glory home with us! However, God will not share His glory with the world (soulish things or people). When God visits your church (a visitation of His glory), and goes home with you He expects you to do something – He expects you to change. He expects you to go through your house with the Holy Spirit and ask, “Holy Spirit, does this grieve You?” Listen closely for His answer. When He says “Yes,” repent and get ride of it. Don’t keep it around. Every church and home  in America could use an old fashioned “spiritual burning.”

Acts 19:18-20  NKJV    

“And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds. Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver. So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.”

     These people showed true repentance and sincerity  by burning (getting rid of) their sinful items. What was happening on the inside of them carried over to the outside. When others saw a real change in the ones that had repented the kingdom of God grew.
Many cry out, “Lord, send the fire,” but they really do not mean it. If they did they would do in the natural what they are asking God to do in the spiritual. Prior to the Passover, the Jewish people would go through their house and search it over from top to bottom for leaven. In the Bible leaven represents sin. If leaven was found, it would be removed. As Christians we need to go through our houses on a regular basis and remove the sin. If we don’t the presence of the Lord will not stay in our homes. The church will be no different than our homes.
I have seen times that God has gripped the heart of young people in a mighty, mighty way only to have it quenched by so called religious adults. Under the convicting power of the Holy Spirit the young people left church services and went home determined to clean out their bedrooms of sinful things. Excited about God they told their parents about what God was doing in their life and what they were going to do. They were going to burn everything they had that could cause the Holy Spirit to grieve. Their sinful (worldly, soulish) CDs, games, tapes, pictures, posters, clothes, books, articles of affection and many other items. More often than not, the parents response was, “No you are not, I paid good money for that.” In order to obey their parents, but still wanting to please God, they would pack the items up in a box and put them in the bottom of the closet or in the back of a drawer somewhere. Time would go by and eventually they would find the box again and begin to take the items back out one at a time. Eventually, the young people were spiritually worse off than they were to start with.

When God tells you (through His Word or His Spirit) to get rid of something, get rid of it. The item needs to be destroyed. Don’t keep it around, even boxed up somewhere. If you do, you will eventually pick it up again. And, please do not give it to one of your worldly friends or co-workers.
In Biblical times you could not go into the holy place or the holy of holies (the presence of God) without first going by the outer court and then the laver. The priest would offer a sacrifice on the brazen altar then he would go to the laver and wash before going into the holy place. The laver was made out of looking glasses that the women had brought out from Egypt. The laver was a place of reflection and sanctification. The water in it represented the Word of God. No matter how many times the priest went into the holy place he always had to wash his hands and feet before going in.

Exodus 30:17-21  NKJV    

“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: ‘You shall also make a laver of bronze, with its base also of bronze, for washing. You shall put it between the tabernacle of meeting and the altar. And you shall put water in it, for Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and feet in water from it. When they go into the tabernacle of meeting, or when they come near the altar to minister, to burn an offering made by fire to the Lord, they shall wash their hands and their feet, lest they die. And it shall be a statute forever to them – to him and his descendants throughout their generations.’ ”

     As Christians, we too, must continually look into the Word of God to see ourselves. We must examine ourselves on a daily basis (throughout the day) with the Holy Spirit. Then we must repent of any sin. As long as we are alive, we have a continual need for repentance – a continual need for the washing of the Word.

Leviticus 6:12-13  NKJV    

“And the fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it; it shall not be put out. And the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order on it; and he shall burn on it the fat of the peace offering. Afire shall always be burning on the altar; it shall never go out.”

     The first step to the refreshing (revival) that God promised is admission. We must humble ourselves and admit that we are asleep (or dead), unhealthy, not useful or disinterested and sinful. We will never be revived if we are too proud to admit that we need it. Just as admission is important to salvation, so is admission important to revival.

Psalm 85:6  NKJV    

“Will You not revive us again,

That Your people may rejoice in You?”

Isaiah 57:15  NKJV     “For thus says the High and Lofty One

Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:

‘I dwell in the high and holy place

With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,

To revive the spirit of the humble,

And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.’ ”

     God will revive the hearts of people who are genuinely humble and contrite. When we have a humble spirit we will see ourselves as God sees us, know our weaknesses, put others before ourselves and submit to God. When we submit to God, we yield to His power, His control and His authority. Submissive people are obedient people. Obedience is very important to God. When you truly love God you will obey Him.

Repentance is being sorry for having done wrong. It is regretting that you have transgressed against God. It leads to a brokenness in spirit (contrite heart).

Acts 15:16-17  NKJV    

“ After this I will return

And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins,

And I will set it up; So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord,

Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name,

Says the Lord who does all these things. ”

     The tabernacle of David was a tent that housed the Ark of the Covenant. The manifest presence of God was seen there. We are to be the earthly tent that houses the manifest presence of God. The people joyfully worshiped God in the tabernacle of David. We too, are to joyfully worship God.

Sacrifices of praise are to be continually offered up from us.

Psalm 95:1-3  NKJV    

“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, And the great King above all gods.”

Psalm 100  NKJV    

“Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,

And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting,

And His truth endures to all generations.”

     The name “David” is a Hebrew word meaning “beloved.” The tabernacle of David is a type of the worship of the bride of Christ, the church. As the bride of Christ we are the beloved of God and we are the earthly house (tent) that should show forth the glory of God. The church is to joyfully offer up sacrifices of worship, praise, thanksgiving.

Hebrews 13:15  NKJV    

“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise

to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”

1 Peter 2:9  NKJV    

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous Light.”

     The church , the body of Christ, is to be the restored tabernacle of David, a place where God is worshiped in spirit and in truth.

John 4:23-24  NKJV    

“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” 

     Worship is a spiritual act, while praise is a physical act. The Bible lists seven types of praise and they are all physical activities. Anyone and everyone can praise God, however only the redeemed can worship God in spirit and in truth. When the church and believers remove the sin from within they will be able to worship God in spirit and in truth. Then they will see the glory of the Lord (the manifest presence of God) in their midst. Then the world around them will see the glory of the Lord in them and they too will seek the Lord.

1 Peter 4:17  NKJV    

“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God…”

     As Christians we must evaluate our lives (our actions, our words our deeds, our attitudes, our thoughts…) and allow the Lord to search us to see if there is anything evil or wicked in us.

Psalm 24  NKJV    

“The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,

The world and those who dwell therein.

For He has founded it upon the seas,

And established it upon the waters.

Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?

Or who may stand in His holy place?

He who has clean hands and a pure heart,

Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,

Nor sworn deceitfully.

He shall receive blessings from the Lord,

And righteousness from the God of his salvation.

This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him,

Who seek Your face.

Lift up your heads, O you gates!

And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!

And the King of glory shall come in.

Who is the King of glory?

The Lord strong and mighty,

The Lord mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O you gates!

Lift up, you everlasting doors!

And the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory?

The Lord of hosts,

He is the King of glory.”

What Now? Arise and Go

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What Now? Arise and Go

 

         Once we truly experience the glory of God there will be changes within us. As we look at the lives of Moses, Isaiah, and Saul we see that when they experienced the manifest presence of God they recognized the awesomeness of God, they repented, and they went out to do His work. God does not send us His glory just for us to “set and soak” in His presence.

Exodus 3:1-10  NKJV   

“Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock in the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, ‘I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.’ So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, ‘Here I am.’

Then He said, ‘Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.’ Moreover He said, ‘I am the God of your father – the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.

And the Lord said: ‘I have surly seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come now, therefore, and I will send you to the Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.’ ”  

Isaiah 6:1-8  NKJV   

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!’ And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried, out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: ‘Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips,

And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King,

The Lord of hosts.’ Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the alter. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: ‘Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.’ Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying

‘Whom shall I send,

And who will go for Us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me.’ ”

Acts 9:1-6  NKJV   

“Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ And he said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ Then the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ So he, trembling and astonished, said, ‘Lord what do You want me to do?’ Then the Lord said to him, ‘Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.’ ” 

I. Recognize The Awesomeness of God

God truly is an awesome God. When we come into His presence we are filled with great wonder and reverence, because of His beauty, sublimity (excellence, grandeur, majesty),and power. There is none like God.

Exodus 3:6  NKJV  

“Moreover He said, ‘I am the God of your father – the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.”

Isaiah 6:5  NKJV   

“So I said: ‘Woe is me, for I am undone!

Because I am a man of unclean lips,

And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King,

The Lord of hosts.’ ”

 

Acts 9:5  NKJV

“ And he said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ Then the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ ”

A. Beauty (pleasantness)

Beauty means quality that pleases. God has a pleasant nature. He delights in giving pleasure to His children. Everything He does (or allows to happen) is fair and just.

Psalm 27:4  NKJV   

  “One thing I have desired of the Lord,

That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord

All the days of my life

To behold the beauty of the Lord,

And to inquire in His temple.”

Psalm 90:17  NKJV   

  “And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us,

And establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands.”

 

Isaiah 33:17  NKJV   

  “Your eyes will see the King in His beauty;

They will see the land that is very far off.”

 

Psalm 29:2  NKJV    

“Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name;

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”

B. Sublimity

Sublimity means lofty excellence; exalted state; grandeur; majesty. God is superior to man in every way. He is magnificent (splendid, grand, stately, noble, impressive in beauty, brilliance, excellence).

 

Psalm 8:1  NKJV    

“O Lord, our Lord,

How excellent is Your name in all the earth,

Who have set Your glory above the heavens!”

Psalm 148:13  NKJV    

“Let them praise the name of the Lord,

For His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth, and heavens.”

All of the universe (everything and everyone in it) is instructed to praise the wonders of God and His majesty.

Psalm 113:1-56 NKJV    

“Praise, O Servants of the Lord,

Praise the name of the Lord! Blessed be the name of the Lord

From this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its going down

The name of the Lord is to be praised. The Lord is high above all nations,

His glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God,

Who dwells on high

Who humbles Himself to behold

The things that are

in the heavens and in the earth?”

C. Power

Power means  strength or force; ability to do or act; control; authority; influence; right. God is full of power and strength. We are to submit to His authority and come under His control, and we are to praise His power, strength and ability.

Psalm 21:13  NKJV    

“Be exalted, O Lord, in Your own strength! We will sing and praise Your power.”

As we submit to God and His authority, He will fill us with His strength.

Psalm 59:16  NKJV    

“But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense

And refuge in the day of my trouble.”

Believers are to declare the power of God.

Psalm 145:10-12  NKJV    

“All Your works shall praise You, O Lord,

And Your saints shall bless You.

They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom,

And talk of Your power,

To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts,

And the glorious majesty of His kingdom.”

Even nature, speaks of God’s power. All of creation (everything that was ever created) testifies of God’s great strength, authority and control.

Romans 1:20  NKJV    

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse”

II. REPENT

The glory of the Lord brings conviction and repentance. When man comes into the presence of a holy God he will realize just how sinful he is.

Exodus 3:5  NKJV   

  “Then He said, ‘Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.’ ”

Isaiah 6:5  NKJV    

“So I said: ‘Woe is me, for I am undone!

Because I am a man of unclean lips,

And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King,

The Lord of hosts.’ ”

Acts 9:6  NKJV    

“So he, trembling and astonished, said, ‘Lord what do You want me to do?’ ” 

III. GO

Experiencing the glory of God will create a great desire within us to be the hands and feet of God. Our desire to serve others will be greater than ever before.

Exodus 3:10  NKJV    

“ ‘Come now, therefore, and I will send you to the Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.’ ” 

Isaiah 6:8-9  NKJV    

“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying

‘Whom shall I send,

And who will go for Us?’

Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me.’

And He said, ‘Go, and tell this people…’ ”

Acts 9:6-9  NKJV    

“So he, trembling and astonished, said, ‘Lord what do You want me to do?’

Then the Lord said to him, ‘Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.’

And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither are nor drank.”

Acts 9:17-20  NKJV    

“And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, ’Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.’ Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized. So when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus. Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.”

When we are available to God we can be used by God for whatever He desires and wherever He desires. We should feel compassion on those of faith, those who are lost, both the grateful and the ungrateful. 

Colossians 3:23  NKJV    

“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men”

What Can I Do For You?

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2 Kings 4:8-12  NKJV    

“Now it happened one day that Elisha went to Shunem, where there was a notable woman, and she persuaded him to eat some food. So it was, as often as he passed by, he would turn in there to eat some food. And she said to her husband, ‘Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly. Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there.’ And it happened one day that he came there, and turned in to the upper room and lay down there. Then he said to Gehazi his servant, ‘Call this Shunammite woman.’ When he had called her, she stood before him. And he said to him, ‘Say to her, ‘Look, you have been concerned for us with all this care. What can I do for you? Do you want me to speak on your behalf to the king or to the commander of the army?’ She answered, ‘I dwell among my own people.’ So he said, ‘What then is to be done for her?’ And Gehazi answered, ‘Actually, she has no son, and her husband is old.’

          As Elisha traveled through Shunem, he would stop to rest and eat. In Shunem there was a family that would invite (persuade) him into their home for a meal. The Bible refers to the woman of the house as a notable woman. This woman understood and knew in her spirit that Elisha was a holy man of God. She realized that Elisha was set apart for the ministry to God. The Shunammite woman acted upon the knowledge that she had. She asked her husband if they could make a room on the roof (wall) for Elisha. This room would be set apart for Elisha when he would travel through their town (Shunem). The room would provide a resting place for Elisha and his needs could easily be met. The woman wanted to make certain that her family provided the hospitality that was due to a holy man of God. Not because she was a “man pleaser” or out of duty, but because she had a deep respect and reverence for God.

Elisha was thankful and appreciative of the effort and concern that was given to his comfort and needs. He instructed his servant, Gehazi, to go to the woman and find out what special thing could her do for her to repay her for the kindness that had been given to him. Elisha wondered if she needed him to talk to the king for her (favor with the king) or if she needed him to talk to the commander of the army for her (protection). Gehazi went to the Shunammite woman to find out if she had any needs. The woman did not need Elisha to talk to the king or the commander of the army for her. She lived in her own land with her own people. Gehazi went back to Elisha and informed him of the conversation with the Shunammite woman.

Still wanting to do something for the woman, Elisha asked his servant, Gehazi, what could her do for her. Gehazi told Elisha that the woman did not have a son. Elisha called the woman and when she stood before him he told her that she was going to have a son within the year.

The woman had prepared a dwelling (resting) place for the man of God out of respect and reverence and in turn she received what she dreamed of. She was blessed with a son within the year. We too, can and will be blessed beyond our wildest dreams if we will follow the Shunammite woman’s example. We must recognize the holiness of God, prepare a place for Him and minister to Him.

I. Recognize The Holiness Of God

Recognition is a knowing again or an acknowledgment. It also means acceptance. Recognition conveys approval. When we recognize the holiness of God we acknowledge, accept and admit that God is holy.

2 Kings 4:9  NKJV    

“And she said to her husband, ‘Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly.”

          Recognition of God as holy is shown through our words, actions and thoughts. A person who claims to know that God is holy, but whose actions do not align themselves up with that knowledge does not truly recognize the holiness of God. It is not enough to just know something, we must act upon what we know. The Shunammite woman recognized the holiness of the man of God and she followed up this knowledge with action. We must recognize the holiness of God and then we must follow up our knowledge of His holiness with action. Acknowledgment, acceptance and admittance that God is holy will be both internal and external. Throughout the Bible we can see where when people truly recognized the holiness of God it was followed up by action. Isaiah recognized that God was holy and he followed that knowledge up with true repentance.

Isaiah 6:1-5 NKJV    

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!’ And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: ‘Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.’ ”

II. Prepare A Place For God

The Shunammite woman wanted to make a room for Elisha. The room was to be a resting place for the man of God. Elisha represents the presence of God, therefore the room was to be a habitation (a place to live in / a dwelling place) for the presence of God.

2 Kings 4:10  NKJV    

“Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there.’ ”

           The first step in preparing a place for God is repentance. A person becomes the temple of God at salvation because the Holy Spirit comes to reside (to live in) the believer.

Ephesians 2:19-22  NKJV    

“Now therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

            The Spirit of God (Holy Spirit) lives within every Christian. We are to be holy because God is holy. If we do not keep our temple clean (holy, pure) the presence of God will not stay. God’s presence will not be where there is sin.

          2 Corinthians 6:14-18  NKJV    

“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. And God said: ‘I will dwell in them

And walk among them. I will be their God,

And they shall be My people.’

Therefore

‘Come out from among them

And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean,

And I will receive you. I will be a Father to you,

And you shall be My sons and daughters,

Says the Lord Almighty.’ ”

III. Minister To God

A minister is a person engaged in carrying out a purpose, the will, etc., of another person; to act as an agent (a person that has the authority to act for or in place of another); to be of service or aid; to be helpful. The Shunammite woman was a minister to Elisha. She was helpful to him by providing with what he needed. 

2 Kings 4:10-11 NKJV    

“Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there.’ And it happened one day that he came there, and turned in to the upper room and lay down there.”

           The Shunammite woman met Elisha’s needs first, then He met her need (to have a son). She did not ask for her need to be met, nor did she tell Elisha what her need was.

Psalm 100  NKJV    

“Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness;

Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are the people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting,

And His truth endures to all generations.”

          When we minister to God, He will meet our needs. Like the Shunammite woman we will not have to tell Him everything that we need in order to receive it. God knows our every need, concern and desire, and He is more than able to provide what we have need of.

Conclusion

When we prepare a place for God, He will come. When we meet His needs out of  respect, reverence and love for Him, He will bless us beyond our wildest dreams. When we align ourselves up in godly order we will have our needs met. First we are to minister to God, then He will minister to us.

As you minister to God out of respect, reverence and love, not out of duty, you will hear a voice deep within asking, “What may I do for you?”

Renewed in the Lord

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Isaiah 40:28-31  NKJV    

“Have you not know? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord,

The Creator of the ends of the earth,

Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable

He gives power to the weak,

And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary,

And the young men shall utterly fall,

But those who wait on the Lord

Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles,

They shall run and not be weary,

They shall walk and not faint.”

          In this day and age there are many things around us that could cause us to be stressed. Every time you turn on the news or pick up a paper, you are bombarded with “bad” news and situations that you have no control over. When the pressures of life try to close in on you, you must remember that we serve a God that made us, watches over us and helps us. We serve a God that knows us by name. Through Jesus we have found grace in the sight of God, and just as God knew Moses by name, God knows us by name.

Exodus 33:17  NKJV    

“So the Lord said to Moses, ‘I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.’ ”

I. God Made Us

We serve a God that is everlasting. He created the entire universe, every single thing was designed and made by Him.

Isaiah 40:28  NKJV   

  “Have you not know? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord,

The Creator of the ends of the earth,…”

          God is the source of all things.

Romans 11:36  NKJV    

“For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.”

II. God Watches Over Us

God is with us always. He is by your side no matter what you are going through.

Isaiah 40:28  NKJV    

“…Neither faints nor is weary.

His understanding is unsearchable”

          God is like a shepherd watching over his flock. A good shepherd constantly keeps his eyes on his sheep and their surroundings. God is omniscient. He is all knowing. He understands everything, and has complete and infinite knowledge.

Romans 11:33  NKJV   

  “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!”

         God is omnipresent. He is everywhere at the same time. There is nothing hidden from His eyes as He watches over you. With God watching over us, what do we have to worry about?

Matthew 6:25-34  NKJV    

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field; which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.’”

          God know the days of everyone. He knows our circumstances and provides for our every need, He knows how long we will live, and He knows about our future.

Psalm 37:18-20  NKJV   

  “The Lord knows the days of the upright,

And their inheritance shall be forever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time,

And in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. But the wicked shall perish;

And the enemies of the Lord,

Like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish. Into smoke they shall vanish away.”

III. God Helps Us

We do not serve a god that only sees our needs. But we serve the Lord God Almighty. A God that is moved with love and compassion toward us. He not only sees our needs, but He does something about them. He is our ever present help.

Psalm 46:1  NKJV   

  “God is our refuge and strength,

A very present help in trouble.”

Isaiah 40:29-31  NKJV    

“He gives power to the weak,

And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary,

And the young men shall utterly fall,

But those who wait on the Lord

Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles,

They shall run and not be weary,

They shall walk and not faint.”

          God is omnipotent. He has all power. He is the Lord God Almighty. Man is limited in his power but we serve a God that has unlimited power. He will help you and protect you by His great power.

Psalm 91:1- 16  NKJV   

  “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High

Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress;

My God, in Him I will trust.’ Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler

And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers,

And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,

Nor of the arrow that flies by day,

Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,

Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side,

And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look,

And see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,

Even the Most High, your dwelling place,

No evil shall befall you,

Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you,

To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up,

Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,

The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. ‘Because he has set his love upon Me,

therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him,

And show him My salvation.’ ”

          God will not abandon anyone who puts their hope and trust in Him. He never gives up on us or leaves us alone. Promises are never broken by God. He is faithful and worthy of our trust.

Psalm 9:9-10  NKJV    

“The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed,

A refuge in times of trouble,

And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.”

          Those who seek Him in times of trouble will find refuge. He will provide shelter and protection from danger or trouble. We can rest when we are in His place of safety and security.

Psalm 32:7  NKJV    

“You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble;

You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.”

Conclusion

As we rest in God with confident expectation, He will renew us. He will fill us with new strength and vitality. Our God is Jehovah Shalom, the Lord Our Peace. He will give peace to the weary and worn (the tired and stressed). God will send a refreshing to everyone that places their hope and trust in Him. His refreshing will drain away the stresses of life that we face each day as we walk through this life.

Dear Father,

You are an everlasting God. You are the Lord God Almighty, the Creator of the ends of the earth. By Your power You made the entire universe.  I thank-you that You never sleep. Thank-you that You never grow faint or weary. Your understanding truly is unsearchable. Your ways are so much higher than mine. You give power to the weak, and to those who have no might You increases strength. To those who wait on You, O Lord, You renew their strength.  Father, I put my hope in You and You alone. Strengthen and renew me by Your power. Let me mount up with wings like an eagle. Let me run and not be weary. Let walk and not faint.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

You Are Salt And Light

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Matthew 5:13-16  NKJV    

“You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

I. SALT OF THE EARTH

Matthew 5:13  NKJV    

“You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”

          In Israel some salt was mixed with other ingredients. When the salt was exposed to (mixed with) these other things, the salt would loose its flavor over time. When this happened the salt was no longer good for (fit for) its intended purpose. It would be thrown out. Many times it was used for coating pathways. As Christians, we are to be the salt of the earth. Like salt, purity (not being mixed with anything) helps us to maintain our flavor. When mixed with the things of the world we loose our flavor and are no longer good for what we were intended for. According to the above verse, when we loose our flavor we are good for nothing. God is serious about our purity and commitment.

Luke 9:62  NKJV   

  “But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

          Salt is a white substance used for seasoning and preserving. Pure salt maintains its flavor. We are to be a seasoning and a preservative for a lost world. There should be something in each one of us that God can use to “season” each other and to preserve the lost.

A. Seasoning –

A seasoning is something that gives a better flavor (makes better). It is also something that gives interest or character. Salt  gives liveliness (full of life and spirit, active, vigorous, exciting, bright, vivid, and cheerful). As the salt of the earth we should affect those around us in a positive way. We should stir up (provoke) good in others – good works and good behavior.

Hebrews 10:24-25  NKJV    

“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

B. Preservative –

Preserve is to keep from harm or change, to keep safe, to protect, to keep up, to maintain, keep from spoiling.

Psalm 36:6  NKJV   

  “Your righteousness is like the great mountains; Your judgments are a great deep; O Lord, You preserve man and beast.”

Psalm 121  NKJV   

  “I will lift up my eyes to the hills – 

From whence comes my help?

My help comes from the Lord,

Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved;

He who keep you will not slumber.

Behold, He who keeps Israel

Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;

The Lord is your shade at your right hand.

The sun shall not strike you by day,

Nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;

He shall preserve your soul.

The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in.

From this time forth, and even forevermore.”

              As Christians we have been preserved from the things of this world (evil) and from the things to come (the wrath of God, tribulation, judgment).

Revelation 3:10  NKJV   

  ‘Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”

         Should we not desire for others to be preserved also? It is our responsibility to let others know how they too can be saved. When we invest our lives in advancing the kingdom of God we will be rewarded.

     

II. LIGHT OF THE WORLD

Light is a brightness that enables us to see. Light brings understanding or shows the way.

Matthew 5:14  NKJV    

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

            Without light we have no way of seeing in the dark. Without the light of Jesus Christ the world has no way of “seeing” in this dark (sinful) world. We are to be the light of the world.

Colossians 1:12  NKJV   

  “…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”

          With every inheritance comes responsibilities. Christians have a responsibility to be a light everywhere they go and in everything they do.

Philippians 2:14-15  NKJV  

   “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”

          The light within us (the light of Christ) should penetrate the spiritual darkness around us. We do not have any light of our own. We are the reflective light of Jesus Christ. As we behold the glory of the Lord, we reflect it. We are the light of the world as long as we reflect Jesus Christ.

We must make sure that nothing comes between us and the light of Jesus Christ.

III. LIGHT TO THE HOUSE

Not only are we to be a light to the lost in a dark world, we are to be a light to those in the house also.

Matthew 5:15  NKJV  

   “Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”

          Light indicates deliverance from darkness.  Each Christian has been delivered from darkness. Each one has a testimony and they should be ready to give it. We should never hide what God has done for us. Other Christians are encouraged by our testimonies. The Bible tells us that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Just because a person is a Christian it does not mean that they will not struggle with things. What God has delivered you from can help someone else that is faced with the same thing. Your deliverance can be light to someone else.

CONCLUSION:

Matthew 5:16  NKJV  

   “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

              Everything we do and say should point people to God. When people look at us they should not see us (fleshly man), they should see Jesus living in us.  Just as salt in the natural realm will make a person thirsty, salt in the spiritual realm will make a person thirsty for the living water (the Word of God, Jesus Christ). There are people watching each and everyone of us. May what they see be the salt and the light that they need to created a hunger for God and the things of God.