Are You Ashamed?

In his letter to the church in Rome, Paul was explaining why he so actively and assertively shared the story of Jesus. He wrote, “I feel I am under some a sort of universal obligation. I owe something to everybody, whether you are a cultured Greek or an ignorant savage. It doesn’t matter. That is why I want, as far as my ability will carry me, to preach the Gospel to you who live in Rome as well.” Then he goes on to explain: Continue reading

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Don’t Worry. He Is In Control

Recently, I was thinking about when stuff occurs in our lives that we do not like; experience gut-wrenching feelings when the phone rings with news we never expected; things happen that, if asked, we would not choose to happen; things enter our lives that seem unfair and, sometimes, unloving appear. You know what I am talking about. The times when our God takes things away from us and then, other times when we pray for things that we think we need and frankly, the Lord doesn’t agree. Nevertheless, during those times, we must remember that “ Yahweh knows the way of righteous people” (Psalm 1:6).

One day our Father’s actions will prove to be for our benefit and His kingdom! The truest satisfaction we can ever experience is when we are in the perfect will of God, doing His work, living according to His choosing.

Ooh, wee! That is our ideal situation. But, the reality is that most of us are convinced we are the only ones who know what is needed for our fulfillment and happiness, certainly better than He does. And, sadly for our ego, in most cases, what we believe is best for us actually would ruin us!

It is safe to say that in the history of mankind, there has never been a time when our God has taken anything away from one of His children, without then bringing in something better, more beautiful, more fulfilling.

Our Father’s best is never something we should be afraid of; He not only knows what is best for us, but He also wants each of us to have His best! If we can sincerely believe this, it will produce such rest, such peace, and joy in us, our minds will be blown away! We would no longer grieve over letting go of things; that we have been set free from bondage! We would say, “Father, if You are taking this from me, it must mean You have something much better for me. So take it — You can have it!”

What I am trying to say is that we need to rest in the loving hand of our Father! We need to reach the point of trust where we say, “I have a loving Father who wants the very best for me. He knows it all!” How did Job finally come to a place of rest?

Now think about this. How did Job finally reach his time of rest? Well, he persuaded himself that God knew what He was doing and that everything was under control! Job finally admitted, “He knows every detail of what is happening to me; and when he has examined me, he will pronounce me completely innocent — as pure as solid gold!” (Job 23:10).

Sadly, there are still many believers who see their Father at work in their lives yet still wonder, “What if I blow it? What if I do something wrong and God gets angry or impatient with me? Will all His promises fail me? Will I have to settle for something less than His best?” No — never! If your heart is right before God, if you keep returning to Him and seeking Him with all your heart, nothing will change His plans for you!

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A Special Love

For a long time, I have taught you that Yahweh only sees two types of people in the world. Those who are His, and those who are not. Now, because He is the Creator of all that is, I am willing to accept that He has two kinds of love: a general love for all sinners and a special love for all who are in His family. His general love for mankind is easily embraced by anyone who comes to Him in repentance. But His heart is also filled with another kind of love — a distinctive, exceptional love for His children!

God has always had a chosen people for whom He could pour out His great love. We know them as Israel. That has never ended.

You are a holy people, who belong to Yahweh your Elohim. Yahweh your Elohim chose you to be his own special possession out of all the nations on earth.

Yahweh set his heart on you and chose you, even though you didn’t outnumber all the other people. You were the smallest of all nations.  You were chosen because Yahweh loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors. So Yahweh used his mighty hand to bring you out. He freed you from slavery under Pharaoh (Deuteronomy 7:6-8).

God directed these words to Israel. Yet, if you have received Jesus as your Savior and Lord — if you have been adopted into God’s family and He is your loving Father — you too must come to grips with how special you are to Him! You have been grafted into His line of being chosen and have become, along with Israel, the recipient of God’s extraordinary love and here are His words to you:

You are now included as a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, people who belong to God. You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities of God, who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not God’s people, but now you are. Once you were not shown mercy, but now you have been shown mercy” (I Peter 2: 9-10).

Yeah, there was a time when you were not an object of His special love, but, friends, now you are! You have been reconciled to the Father, and He loves you deeply — right now, at this very moment!

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You Are More Gifted Than You Think

I have seen something that is rather troubling. So many believers are dissatisfied with their lives. They want the proverbial, “greener grass on the other side of the fence.” They wish for something that is “just like what someone else has.” They want to go on a cruise like their friend was able to do. They want a big house like one of their relatives. Small business owners keep looking at companies that are more successful. I met a guy who looked at his wife and wished she was more like his best friend’s (yeah, I was shocked and saddened by that revelation, too). One brother was looking at some of those “Big” ministries and wanted to have the following as they have. Shocking and disappointing. I think of writers and artists who can’t find the success as some of those other ones. Continue reading

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What About The End?

I have been listening to many different teachers sharing their particular view of what will happen before our Lord’s return. Each has their own particular points of view — and always with the Scriptures to back them up. Odd, how that can happen . . . Continue reading

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Prayer is such a Joy! Such a Priviledge

I realize I am sending this out later than I normally do, but the Holiday was indeed a full day for me. And, despite being able to take a couple of naps during the day, I was exhausted by the end of it. So, after some time to pray about it, here is your Morning Message: Continue reading

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It’s All Yours

Chris Tomlin wrote the perfect song for us, today. So often we limit our Father. We say He can certainly do “this” (whatever “this” might be). But He either can’t or won’t do “that” (whatever “that” is). But I am here to tell you He can do it all and we are the only ones who limit Him in our lives. Continue reading

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