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Give Your All

I always did like that little song!  And it’s a scripture song because that’s exactly what happened.  Now I’, not sure what image you get in your mind, but when I think of Zacchaeus, I picture Danny DeVito, the TV star.  Short, fat and ornery.  Any, here’s the scripture story of gthe event.

Luke 19: 2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.  And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.  And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.  And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.  And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.  And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.  And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.  And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.  10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.  11 And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.

Zacchaeus was a tax collector, and thus he was disliked immensely by the Jews.  Add to that the fact that he was wealthy from being a tax collector, and he was on an island by himself in the Jewish village of Jericho.  He probably had few friends, and many enemies.  But he was still a person, and when he heard about Jesus coming, he wanted to see this man as well.  he had heard, just like everyone else, about the miracles.  he needed to get a glimpse of this miracle worker.  Because he was so short, and there was such a large crowd, he decided to climb a tree to catch a look.  Notice the contrast between Zacchaeus and Bartemaeus!  The former climbed a tree to just get to see him, while the latter just sat in his place and cried mercy.  Jesus doesn’t care how we approach Him, but He does appreciate it when we do it with zeal, as both of these men did!

When Jesus saw Zacchaeus in the tree, He told Zacchaeus to come down and make supper ready – he was going to dine with him that night.  I can almost hear Zacchaeus running to his house and telling his wife the amazing news – Jesus was coming to their house for dinner!  Zacchaeus was so overwhelmed with gratitude, he pledged to give half his goods money to the poor and to restore anything he took under false pretenses fourfold.  Just the very presence of Jesus had an effect on him.  While the people murmured about Jesus eating with a sinner, Jesus blesses his house and says Zacchaeus is also a son of Abraham.  In other words, he is no different than anyone else.  Jesus came to seek and save the lost!

Do you have prejudices?  I do, and I will admit it.  There are some people groups that I just don’t like to be around, and that is something I am working hard at repairing in my life.  How can I minister to people if I don’t like being around them?  I am called to be a minster of reconciliation to all I come in contact with, and yet I shy away from certain people because of their ethnic background or the color of their skin.  I am learning, and hope to learn more and grow out of this, because their is no place for it in God’s Kingdom.  The people in Zacchaeus’s day had those feelings about him because he was a tax collector, but Jesus didn’t care who he was or what he did.  I shouldn’t either.  Lord, help me!

11 And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.  12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.  13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.  14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.  15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.  16 Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.  17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.  18 And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.  19 And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.  20 And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:  21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.  22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:  23 Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?  24 And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.  25 (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)  26 For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.  27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.  

I am going to keep my comments short on this, but wanted to include the text of the Parable of the pounds so you could read it for yourself.   There are two main points  want to discuss.  First, the statement  “Unto every one who hath shall be given, and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.”.  Jesus took the one pound from the servant who did not do anything to make it prosper. I think this represents wisdom!  If we have wisdom from God, then God will add to that wisdom on a regular basis.  he will continue to give us wisdom into His word, and into situations ij our lives, and into His truth.  But if we have not sought wisdom from God, and we act foolishly with the wisdom we do have, God will slowly remove the wisdom from us, leaving us with only the wisdom of the world which is foolishness.  God’s intention is for us to grow in wisdom and knowledge, but if we are not going to put it to use to further His kingdom and reach souls, then it is wasted on us.  What are you doing with the wisdom God has given you?

The second point is the last line.  Those people who would not allow the nobleman to rule over them were put to death right in front of the nobelman’s eyes.  There are many so-called Christians who say they got saved, but live a life in the world.  They do not allow Jesus to rule over them.  The want a Savior, but not a Lord.  Jesus demands that He be both, and in the end, He will have His way.  The Bible says that “Every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Phil 2:10-11).  It will happen later, but then it is too late.  Acknowledge Him today as Lord, and give your life wholly to Him – that is what He demands.  It’s time to stop being a wishy-washy Christian, sitting on the fence.  It’s time to be bold for Christ, and reach out to a lost and dying world.  They need the gospel message more now than ever.  Will you take it to them?

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Bridge The Divide

­­This post is being written as part of the Bridges group, seeking to close the divide that is creeping into our society.  I want to thank Susan Irene Fox, Andy Oldham and Lilka Raphael for their work on this project and for inviting me to be a part.

I will l readily admit that I have prejudice in my blood.  I have long been leery of other races and religions, of people who speak in a foreign accent, or who speak another language when I am present, and of people who may not be as responsible as I in finding work and getting their lives in proper order.  Yes, I have a lot of problems in this area.  I joined the Bridges group to try and get some direction and answers to deal with this prejudice, and it has helped tremendously.  I have been pondering this post for a while, and I hope it ministers to you if you are struggling with any of the same feelings.

I have been looking back over Jesus ministry to determine how He dealt with different groups of people, and my eyes have been opened to some very interesting moments.  The first instance is in choosing His disciples.  Peter was a lowly fisherman, living from day to day in hard labor to provide for his family.  There were days at a time he would not have a catch, and the financial burden could be tremendous.  He was also not a learned man, by his own admission.  He probably went to work in his father’s business at a young age, and missed a lot of schooling.  Then there was Matthew, a tax collector.  He was a Jew working for the Romans collecting taxes from His own people.  As a result, his own people despised him.  He was paid well by the Romans, and was considered a rich man.  He had a lot of the pleasures of life that Peter couldn’t think to afford.

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The second instance was at a well in Samaria.  The Samaritans were despised by the Jews, and they were not allowed to stop and talk to them when they had to pass through the region.  But Jesus stopped at a well and talked to a Samaritan woman.  It was highly frowned upon in their culture for a man to speak to a woman he did not know, much less a Samaritan woman.  When the disciples saw this, they questioned Jesus, but he hushed them.  He shared with the woman things in her troubled life that she could not believe He would know.  She became a witness to her whole village about Jesus.

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The third instance is with the wild man of the Gadarenes.  He was an outcast from his community, bound with chains and left to fend for himself.  But Jesus released him from his bands, healed his troubled mind, and sent him as the first missionary of the Gospel to his people.  Then there was a group of 10 lepers who met him while he was travelling to Galilee and Samaria.  They were alone, outcast from society because of the contagious nature of leprosy.  They asked Jesus to have mercy on them, and He told them to go to the priest and they would be pronounced clean.  One returned to Him to thank Him, and he was made whole.  There is a big difference between being cleansed and being made whole, but I won’t get into that.

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The fourth instance was a Roman centurion who came to Jesus and sought healing for his servant, who lay dying in the centurion’s home.  Jesus told him that He would come to his house, but the centurion said He just had to send the Word and his servant would be healed – he understood authority.  Jesus was impressed with his faith and told him to go his way, his servant was healed.  As the centurion headed home, word came to him that his servant was healed.

You might be asking what all this has to do with healing the divide that grips our country today.  We have a mandate to be like Jesus, do we not?  So, let’s take a look at exactly who these people represent.

Peter and Matthew represent the rich and the poor in our society.  Jesus treated them as equals, choosing them both to become keys to building His kingdom here on earth.  We hear a lot about the wage gap and the wealth gap in our country, and it is a fact that those things are present.  Our obligation is to love them both equally.  But He also took great care to make them equal in every aspect.  Peter did not bring his poverty with him, and Matthew did not bring his wealth.  They worked from a common pool among the disciples.  This tells me that Jesus would want us to do more to bridge this divide.

The Samaritan woman represents woman (of course) but also represents people who have had a rough life and need someone who understands their situation and can help them find solutions.  These are single parents struggling to make ends meet in a difficult economic environment.  It is a growing demographic in our society.  She also represents the wage gap that faces women in the workforce, as women were basically servants to their husbands in Jesus time.  We need to work harder to bridge these divides.

The Gadarene man and the lepers represent the outcasts in our society.  We often call them homeless.  They have lost their way and are kept out of reach, as if they are contagious or dangerous.  As you really look into this group, you find many who are educated and fully capable of working a job, but they have lost everything and have no address or way to be contacted adding to their instability.  It can also represent those who have been unemployed for a long time, and now find it difficult to find work.  We need to bridge the divide that has been formed that keeps these people from being productive.

The Roman centurion represents all the people from different religions, cultures and races who are constantly categorized and demeaned in our society.  This is the biggest area that needs work.  Jesus did not hesitate one second in saying He would go with the man, into his house and heal his servant, just as he would with anyone else.  He treated him as equal with anyone else.  And we need to do the same to bridge this divide in our country today.

I have a lot of work to do in my life, and the church needs to work hard as well.  We need to put aside our pride and allow God to pour out His love into our hearts for all.  We need to minister to all equally and put aside our prejudices.  Only then will we see change coming to the nation.  It has to start in the church.  I have asked the Lord to forgive me for the prejudices in my life that have been there as long as I can remember, and to transform my mind by His love and His word.  Prejudice is an offshoot of pride, and I for one do not want pride dictating my actions.  I want the love of Christ to guide and direct my every step.

I know this is a long post, but if you agree I urge you to reblog it and get the word out to as many people as possible.  Let’s change the tone together, and start to bridge the divide.

The King Hears Little Old Me!

Psalm 20

The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;

One of these days I need to get a hearing aid. My biggest problem is when I’m in a crowded room with a lot of people. I hear all the conversations around me. So if someone comes up and starts talking to just me I have a real hard time hearing them. I hear everything else in the room and it’s hard for me to concentrate on one person’s words even if they’re right in front of me. So then I forget what they said and I can’t really answer any questions they might ask.

I also tend to think about my answer while I’m trying to listen to the person in front of me. That basically means I’m a very poor listener. I really need to work on that.

God does not have that problem. He’s up there seated on the throne listening for my call in the midst of 7 billion people. And yet he promises that he will hear me in the day of trouble. There are many verses in the Bible that back this up. Jeremiah 33:3 comes to mind. Jesus said many times if you ask in my name I’ll do it. We have a great assurance that God will hear our prayers. It’s hard for us to imagine this because we have trouble hearing the person right in front of us, or at least I do.

Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion;

Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.

Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.

David then lists what God will do for us in the day of trouble. He will defend us.  He will send help.  He will strengthen us.  He remember the offerings that we have given.  And then he will grant us according to our own heart. What a great assurance this is that God is on our side.

I like the idea of the Lord is my defender. I think of a football team because it’s that season. The defense does everything they can to stop the other team from crossing the line of scrimmage. I can see God putting up his hand and holding back anything that would come against me. They can’t cross the line.

He said God will send me help. If you have never read any of Frank Peretti’s books I highly recommend them. He talks about spiritual warfare and there are a lot of references to the angels that gather when we pray. That is why we all need to strengthen our prayer lives. God is sending help all the time. And that help is there to strengthen us.

He remembers our offerings. And we’re not talking necessarily about tithe and offerings. I like to think of it as our praise offerings. We all know the song “We bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord”. What is your praise life like? Are you lifting him up and praising him as much as you should.  He certainly is Worthy.

David says God will grant these things according to His own heart and his own counsel. David knows that he can only follow God’s will. and we know that the plans He has for us are only good. Let us remember to always say “Lord you know is best for my life”. How can we pray for healing when He wants us to go through a sickness or pray for deliverance when He wants us to go through a trial. We need to learn to just pray that His will will be done in our lives.

We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the Lord fulfil all thy petitions.

Now know I that the Lord saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.

David assumes a victory already. He’s ready to rejoice in the salvation of the Lord and he says he knows that the Lord will hear him. I have to learn to know going into a battle that God is going to bring me out the other side.

It is common when you’re going through a struggle that people will bring Romans 8:28 to your attention. I maintain that the most important words in Romans 8:28 are the first three – “And we know”. There’s such importance of knowing that God will do all things for our good. If we don’t know that then the verse is meaningless to us. It can feel like someone is just throwing it in our face and we can resent that. I hope all of us can get used to the fact that God will do all things for our good even if it seems like a bad thing that’s happening to us. David knew this and it’s reflected in these two verses

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.

They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.

Save, Lord: let the king hear us when we call.

Back in those days an army with chariots was to be feared.  Horses also were a great asset and not every army had them. David was a man of war and was well aware of this. but he said we will remember the name of the Lord our God and all the things listed above will come our way.

God will bring them down and we will be risen and stand upright. As you read through the battles of the Israelite’s you see over and over again how they defeat the enemy even when they are vastly outnumbered. Something strange and wild happens and the other army is sent running.  Look up these passages for some examples:

Joshua 6:1-27 – The walls of Jericho fall

Joshua 10:7-16 – Joshua and the sun standing still

Judges 7 – Gideon defeats the Midianites

2 Chronicales 20 – Jehoshophat defeats Moab and Amon

There are many more examples of miracles being performed so Israel could defeat her enemies.  Do you believe the God of all the heavens can do the same for you?  I do!  The reason we can feel safe in any situation is verse 9. The king hears us when we call. And the King that we’re talking about is a King and Kings and Lord of Lords. No enemy can defeat him!

Are you stuck in a battle today that you are starting to feel there is no way out.  I feel that way some time with this recovery from cancer.  It is taking way longer than I was hoping.  But “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day” (1 Tim 1:12).  I have committed my life to Him – He will keep me.  And I know he wiill keep you as well.

A Cry in the Night

Psalm 6 picks right up again with David lamenting the enemies that are always after Him. but this time He ads a personal lament as well, asking God for mercy.  As usual, He ends with praise, showing that David knew the best way out of His troubles was by praising the one who could deliver Him.  Let’s take a look.

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1  O Lord, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

 2 Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak: O Lord, heal me; for my bones are vexed.

I have read several commentaries and none of them shed any light on why David is so intent on finding mercy at this time.  Some conjecture this was written when David went in and cut off a portion of Saul’s robe while He was sleeping.  Others say it was when he numbered the people against God’s wishes.

Whatever the reason, David knows how to ask as well as anyone in the Bible.  He has a connection with God that we should all learn.  He doesn’t shy away from telling God his problems, and asking for a remedy.  Direct and to the point.  He does not want to be rebuked or chastised, and he wants mercy for his ailing body.

But we also must remember that God will still do what He chooses, regardless of David’s, or our prayers.  If God desires to rebuke or chastise David, He will.  If He desires to have David suffer with ill health for a time, He will heal Him at a later date.  We must never get into an attitude that says if I ask, God has to give it to me.

I see more and more preachers saying that when we ask, it is automatically yours.  I think this can actually weaken our faith if we are not careful, because that pain might not go away, or that trouble might remain.  And we say, well God is not hearing my prayer – what’s the use.  Always remember God is sovereign, and He will do what best fits His plan for our lives, because He alone knows what that plan is!

My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O Lord, how long?

Return, O Lord, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake.

For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?

David, like all of us, would prefer to praise God for healing and deliverance while He is still alive, because He  believes once he dies, his earthly testimony is over.  But look at David;s legacy – the boom of Psalms, and know that David has effected millions of lives with these words penned so long ago.  Are you leaving a legacy?

I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.

I did not sleep well last night.  I had pain in my lower back from sitting in a different char that was given to us to try and help while I am recuperating from the two stem cell transplants I just had.  Needless to say, we won’t be keeping the chair. I can associate with the watery bed, as I lay in mine and was close to tears at times.

I took this time to pray for friends and loved ones, for my  church, for our election and many other things.  It became a wonderful time of refreshing and meditation.  I think the same happened to David as we will see soon.

Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.

Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping.

Here are those enemies again, ever present n David’s life.  In David’s case, I believe he is talking about real enemies, intent on his death.  Saul, Absolom, the Philistines – Any of them wanted David dead at one time or another.  Very few of us have enemies like that I would hope.

But what about other enemies that can hinder, or destroy us?   Financial problems, lust, alcohol or drugs (including prescription drug abuse), work related, stress – the lsit is endless.  How many of us struggle with these enemies in our lives on a daily basis.  Let’s seek God, as David does, and ask Him to bring a solution and a respite fromthe onslaught of our daily problems that keep us up at night.

9 The hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer.

10 Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.

David comes back to praise and thanksgiving.  God has heard his prayer, and David will rise above the troubles he is facing.  This is the key to a successful prayer life.  Tell God what’s on your heart, and then thank him for taking care of it.  It’s a simple thing, but I so often forget to do it.

When God Laughs

ask-of-mePsalm 2 is intriguing because it contrasts the believer with the heathen,and tells us what God will do with each.  And it sure does turn out good for us!  Let’s read.  1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

Boy, do we see this in our society today.  Riots, demonstrations, anti-God sentiments – they abound in our world. And we see the ungodly chasing after worthless things continually.  I think the enemy of our souls wants to keep them busy with these things so they won’t think about their wretched estate.

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,

Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

I think most who read this blog will acknowledge that Christians are under attack, and our first amendment rights are being swallowed up more and more.  It was prayer in schools first, but it has gotten much worse.  Pastors can’t share their political viewpoint from the pulpit, christian symbols are being removed all over the place, no prayer at commencements –  the list is endless.  The kings are breaking the bands that hold the church together, and casting them from their own lives.

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision , and sore displeasure

What a wonderful statement – God laughs at all this.  He is not worried about it like I am/  Truth is He has already given me the answer on how to overcome this onslaught.  2 Chronicles 7:14: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 

The trouble is, I don’t want to do it!  I have a strong desire to  be more humble,  I don’t take near enough time to pray and seek His face, and I have turned from most of my wicked ways -m some things just hang onto me still.  How about you?  God  is just waiting for us to do our part.

Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

These are great promises that God will deliver us from our enemies.  He has put His King in place, and is ready to give us the heathen and break them from any authority over us.

10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

The last admonition in this Psalm is a strong one.  We must be wise and serve the Lord with fear.  Not an afraid fear, but fear as a sign of reverence.  We must put our trust in Him if we expect to be blessed.  After all, He is the one true God, and He is in complete control.

After spending some time reflecting on this Psalm, I realize more than ever that my duty is to do what God has asked, nothing more.  I fall short there.  I know the word, yet I don;t live it as I should.  Lord, I pray you will help me do those things that will bring about a change not just in my life, but in this country, and around the world

A Stark Contrast

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Today we find out what happens to those who do not follow thee Lord.  The last two days we have looked at Psalm 1 and learned how God would desire us to conduct our lives, and the blessing that we would  derive from following those instructions.  And it is not real complicated.  Walk in godly counsel, stay away from associating with sinners as a lifestyle, and don’t nbe negative – live a positive life.  The result will be that you are blessed by the water of the word on a regular basis, and whatever you do, God will prosper it.

The ungodly, or those who do not do what God asks of them, face a life that gives them little hope.  First, David tells us they are like chaff in the wind.  Now I have never separated chaff and wheat, but I understand that it must be done to make the wheat marketable.  The chaff is the waste product, and is not useful.  In ‘David’s day, they would pound the wheat to get the chaff out, and then they would toss the grains  up into a  light breeze and let any remaining chaff blow away.

So there are two things here, neither of which I am interested in being a part of.  First, the chaff is just blowing in the wind.  No solid life, no foundation, no direction.  It goes wherever the wind takes it.  It has no control nor hope for any future.  The second is that it is just waste and not good for anything.   Lord, help me never to fall into that category.

In verse 5 we see David say that these ungodly will not stand  when judgment day comes.  They will fall before the Lord, and that fall will be mighty.  Revalation 20:12-15 bears this out

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

He also writes that these sinners will not stand in the congregation of the righteous.  They will not partake of the blessings of the righteous, and will not at all be treated the same.  Those who think that both sinner and saint are going to be in heaven need to pay close attention to these words   Jesus did die for every soul  on earth – that iis true.  But one must accept the gift of His salvation in a personal way to be saved.  Romans 10:9-10 bears this out:

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Lastly, David sums up the psalm very neatly.  God knows the righteous, bu the ungodly shall perish.  What a stark contrast!  As for me, I will follow Christ!

 

 

Well Watered

I live in Iowa, a big farming state.  Through the years, farmers have cleared more and more of the land to increase the amount of corn and soybeans they produce.  As a result Iowa leads the nation every year in both soybean and corn production.  Our farmers take great pride in that fact, and work hard it keep t that way!

One of the results of clearing all that land is hard to miss.  In most places, you can see exactly where the rivers run!  This is because that is where the trees are.  They line up along both sides of the river.  They grow tall and strong because they are well watered by those rivers.

This brings us back to Psalm 1, verse 3.  Yesterday we looked at the Recipe for success in verses 1 and 2.  Today in verse 3, we look at the resulting blessing that coke sour way when we follow through with that recipe.

Psalm 1:3

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

What a wonderful blessing this verse is.  We can know that if we follow God’s direction, given in verses 1 and 2, that this verse will then be applied to our lives.And what do these blessings mean to me?

First, I will bring forth fruit in due season.  I take this two ways.  First, the fruit of the Spirit will be alive and working in my life. We fing these fruit in Galatians 5:22-23:

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

When I live my life full of this fruit, then I will also be fruitful in winning souls to Christ.  This is a double blessing.

Second, My leaf shall not wither.  This is a promise of health and long life in my mind.  I trust Him to heal me from any disease or sickness, and extend my years until He decides to take me home.  There is no fear of death, or an early demise.  he is in control.

Third, everything I do will prosper.  It is up to me to be out there doing something.  I can’t expect God to prosper me if II sit around and do nothing.  And that prosperity might not be seen by me.  I write poetry, and post it on my website and on Facebook.. I have no idea who it touches, and if there are some who are saved or blessed by the words God gives me.  I just make sure I post them.  The word tells me that His word, coming out of my mouth, will not return void (IS 55:11).  Hallelujah!

So my duty is to do verses 1 and 2, and God will take care of verse 3.  Lord, help me every day to get this done!