Posts from category "Meditations 2020"
Only in the Throne (Genesis 41:40) will I be greater than thou.
Nobody but God Himself fully understands the Holy Trinity. Certainly, I know very little but my longing for deepening intimacy with God brought the desire to know more about the facts of the Triune Godhead.
Abram had cut a covenant (Genesis 15:8-13) with God. As he walked between the divided animals he drove the birds away but Abram was terrified. This particular covenant meant that if either party did not uphold their part – what happened to the animals would happen to the failing one. This covenant was with Almighty God and Abram knew he was not capable of fulfilling his responsibility in this contract. A horror of great darkness fell upon him. Was that the end for Abram? You know God better than that. When the sun was setting the Lord caused a deep sleep to overcome Abram and while he slept - - God took care of both halves (VS.17) of the contract.
Our joy and peace are not found in this world. Nothing in this world is related to peace and joy and has no bearing on them unless we deliberately let people or circumstances or conditions or anything else in this fallen world have an impact on our joy and peace. It’s all about focus and priority. Our daily needs (Matthew 6:31-34) are known to God and He has set the priority for us – seek FIRST and all needs will be met. Our focus is not to be on things of earth (physical, material, financial) but on things above where (Colossians 3:1-2) Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Why? Because our Lord sits on the throne of absolute Sovereignty and total Power. There is no higher authority. We are trusting our souls to God for all eternity – so why ever would we not trust Him for the much lesser things which are all temporary?
Hey wait! What am I saying? What about – Giving thanks always (Ephesians 5:20) and – in everything give thanks (1 Thessalonians 5:18) because it is God’s will. Am I skating on thin ice?
God looked down on the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives. We can’t begin to fathom the pain in His heart. He saw His beloved Son writhing in such agony on the ground that the blood vessels in His forehead burst and His blood poured down mingled with tears. Why didn’t God stop it? He couldn’t! His Word cannot be altered. I am the Lord (Malachi 3:6) and I do not change. Billions of years before – at the foundation of the world – the Triune Godhead made a decree that in the far-distant future – the Son of God would be the Lamb of God and would be slain for the sin of the whole world. Those of us who have received Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour were (Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12) buried with Him and risen to a new life in Christ. Our sins remain buried in the grave forever. But sometimes (Ezekiel 37:12) God will open our graves – not to condemn us for forgiven sin but to remind us of what we are apart from Him and how much we need Him. When God opened my grave I was horrified at the ugly selfishness, the awful stench of unwarranted pride – (I only have reason for shame) and appalling ingratitude. From my graveside I began to see deeper into the unspeakable cost and astounding scope of the Atonement, that such as I could be redeemed. Then I had to go again to Gethsemane to observe what God saw. While I was there the Holy Spirit showed me another reason why God opened my grave. It was not only to show me what I am but also to reveal to me the amazing love in the great heart of God for me. He loves me just as I am but there is so much more in His salvation plan. Because of the victory of Jesus at Gethsemane and Calvary, one day He will present me – yes me! FAUTLESS (JUDE 24) before the Presence of His glory with triumphant joy. No joy because of what I accomplish but only because of what incarnate Deity in me can accomplish.
Who am I that God above would set His love on me
Who am I that Jesus Christ God’s Son would die for me
Who am I that the Holy Spirit patiently teaches me
Who am I?
Pastor McBride (People’s Church) did a series of messages on Daniel and a few things he said really caught my attention. Of course my thoughts raced on to other Scriptural truths, other wonders.
I’m beginning to see that my focus is incomplete and I need to see the complete picture. I don’t want liberalism and I don’t want any strands of legalism. I want the genuine truth of the eternal Word of the living God.
As you look at the insane antics of our culture do you begin to think that the world has gone mad? It seems to me that common sense has sold out to approaching anarchy. Dr. Michael Youssef spoke about Post-Modernism and he clarified much of what is happening. What follows is what I remember of what he said.