Archive for September, 2011

MIRACLE WORKER

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father” (John 14:12).

Have you ever thought of yourself as a miracle worker?  As Jesus speaks of his coming departure, he is also looking ahead to a day, what would be the Day of Pentecost, when the Helper, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the living Christ would abide in the life of his people.  As a result, his redemptive purposes in the world and miracles of salvation are being accomplished to a greater degree than could have ever been realized in his life-time and ministry in the flesh.

By the power of his Spirit, he is using you to draw others to him.  You are a miracle worker.

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SINS OF OMISSION

“Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:17).

Often our understanding of sin is limited to those things we did wrong–sins of commission.  To be fully understood, however, our definition of sin must be expanded to include the opportunities  we failed to right–sins of omission.  Experience teaches us that we will soon get over the things we did wrong, while the things we failed to do right haunt us for the rest of our lives.

Opportunities for good must be seized; knowing they will never pass this way again.

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DOERS AND HEARERS

“But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” (James 1:22)

The scriptures are adamant that faith is proved out by “doing.”  That is, the genuineness of our relationship with Christ is evidenced by our obedience to him.  Too often Christians portray a caricature of the Christian faith that is based upon not doing; that as long as I am not doing certain things then I have reason to feel good about myself and my walk with the Lord.  A more mature understanding, however, recognizes that there is more to the life in Christ than just withdrawing or abstaining from certain behaviors.  We are to be known not for our not doing but our doing.

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THE BEST PREPARATION

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone” (Matthew 24:36).

For 2000 years there has been much speculation regarding the return of our Lord.  The graveyard of history is filled with the gravestones of skywatchers and doomsayers.  All we really know about this anticipated event is that it is veiled in secrecy; known only by the Father.  Our responsibility, between now and then, is to be diligent in living our lives faithfully for Him.  The best preparation for the coming of the Lord isn’t a calculator for guessing but a cross for carrying.

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COULD IT BE YOU?

“The Lord looked at Gideon and said, ‘Go in this your strength and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian. Have I not sent you?’ He said to Him, ‘O Lord, how shall I deliver Israel? Behold, my family is the least in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my father’s house’” (Judges 6:14-15).

What is required of those that God would use in his service? Fortunately for us, he is not searching for those who are perfect but, rather, those who are doing what they can with what they have. The one aware of their own inadequacies; one possessing a healthy reverence toward God; one who fears God more than they fear others, determined to live life in obedience to the Father. Could it be you?

It’s not the obstacles in front of us that block our way, but the excuses within us that hold us back.

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A CERTAIN HOPE

“But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15).
The present/future nature of God’s salvation makes our hope distinctive from the hope of which others speak.  Hope is a word often used with a speculative tone–”I hope the situation improves.  I hope things get better.”  There is a haunting uncertainty that it will not happen.
The hope of faith, however, looks ahead with confidence and assurance.  It is a hope fixed upon the redemptive work of Christ not the ever-changing circumstances of life.  While ours is a hope for what lies ahead, it undergirds our life here and now.  It is an eternal hope for today.

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UNFINISHED BUT FAITHFUL

“Since that time no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face” (Deuteronomy 34:10).
From a human perspective, we see the life of Moses in terms of unfinished business.  We think “how sad to be so close and, yet, so far; forty years of his life given to the pursuit of the Land of Promise and to be allowed only to gaze upon it without the opportunity to enter in.”  For those who measure success on the basis of goals made and achievements accomplished, his life is viewed as a tragic failure.
In contrast, God’s measure of a successful life isn’t the goals reached but faithfulness to the task; faithfulness to his calling, his word, his will.  By that standard Moses was deemed a success.  When our end comes there will still remain things unfinished.  Even so, we remain faithful to the task.

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