Tuesday, September 30, 2014

David and God's Timetable

I can understand Hosea saying to God's children, "Iis time to seek the Lord; but for David to say to God, "It is time for thee, LORD, to work...," that can be frightening. One would of necessity have to have heavenly approval for such seeming brashness. Without such authority it would be presumption at its very worst. 

But, thank God, we need not fear and tremble in approaching His throne with such boldness. Our great God has condescended to His human creation making such statements as: "Command ye me"; "Ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, And give him no rest, till he establish..."; "Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou..." These, and many other like scriptures, give divine credence to such seemingly nervy praying. 

David's prayer was not one of impatience, he knew how to wait on the Lord, but rather one of imminence. In his current circumstances, the situation had become out of hand. Truly, it was literally out of his control. Therefore, it was obvious it was time for divine intervention. Thus, "It is time for thee, Lord, to work." Whenever the natural has exhausted all its means, it is then the supernatural is to be called upon. God invites us, "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord." God okays us to sit down and reason with Him. As Job said, "Order [your] cause before him, and fill [your] mouth with arguments." 
    

Monday, September 29, 2014

Good Advice

“…with the well advised is wisdom.” My wife did an excellent article recently on advice. I thought I'd emulate her example to my readers. Only ignorant pride keeps us from taking good advice. I know Christians whose lives are now in shambles, simply because they refused to ask advice and if they did, rejected it, when given. And, of course, there are those who boast of both listening to and taking counsel from others, but who, after investigation, took the advice only because it was in agreement with their plans.

Jeroboam was such a person. He asked the advice of the aged men; but forsook it for the younger men’s, who were in agreement with him. His problem was the same many have today. The elders had been where he was, but he had never been where they had been. What fool asks someone about a road they themselves have never traveled?

David, in spite of a set mind to do one thing, was changed by the godly advice of a weaker vessel. After hindsight consideration, he says to Abigail, “…blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from________.” I cannot tell you the good advice I have had through these long years that has kept me from_________. How about you? It’s not too late to ask, listen, and heed, good advice.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Undoing the Done

“For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so must the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” The writer of Hebrews uses godly Isaac as a “figure” of Christ’s death and resurrection, but only once. On the other hand, our Lord chose to use backslidden Jonah as a picture of that great event and did it on more than one occasion in the Gospels.

There are several lessons we can learn from this. I’ll mention just two. First, you cannot take every detail of a story or parable as applicable. Who would compare our sinless Savior in every area of this sinful servant’s life? Many sincere Bible students have gone off the deep end, because they did not follow this simple little rule. This is especially true when it comes to prophecy.

Secondly, we find from this story of Jonah how God can take the raveled, mess of the threads of our lives, unravel, and knit them into something that will bring glory to Him. If this seems mysterious to us, we all might want to read and ponder Paul’s words about the Elect: “Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fullness?”

Only God can undo what’s been done.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Prelude to Big Prayers

"I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it." Some of us, I believe, need to get out of the wading pool and go to the deep-end where there are waters to swim in. We have splashed in the baby pool long enough. It's paradoxical, but the deeper you go with God, the higher you will go! One area in which we should launch out into the deep is in respect to our prayer life.

Don’t you think one of the reasons little prayers are offered up is because of the fact we have created in our hearts an image of a "little god?" What an insult it must be to our Great God, when we only ask for small things. We treat Him as a pauper rather than a King. Charles Blanchard, in his book on prayer, mentions God never found fault with anyone ever asking too much of Him.

“We are coming to a King,
Great petitions let us bring;
For His love and power are such
That we can never ask too much!”

Just as parent birds fill the mouths of their young as long as they keep them open, so our God promises to fill ours. He is the God who, Giveth to the young ravens which cry.” And, “Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things.” He who feeds the fowls has given His Word that He will do for us, His children, “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.

God began with His chosen people by doing great wonders for them. And thereafter, as in our text, reminds them of it when challenging them to ask and expect great things from Him. Daniel is one example of the many who  took God up on His challenge. And now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand...therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications.” AND HE DID!

O, my beloved, God is as powerful and able during the dark times in our lives to overthrow the horse and his rider, in the mighty waters, as He was then!

“Prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tormented by the Temporary

"While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal."

Some time ago, we had to buy a new washer/dryer. My wife commented to the delivery man how fragile they seemed compared to our old ones. He replied, "These days nothing is made to last." He was right on one point but not the other. The truth is, since the Fall, nothing has ever been made to last. As a verse in the hymn says, "Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day; earth's joys grow dim; its glories pass away; change and decay in all around I see; O thou who changest not, abide with me."

Paul tells us if you can see it with the natural eye, it's temporal. The Bible refers to the material as, "stuff"; which will perish with the using thereof. Our little play things we hold so dear to our hearts are ultimately going to end up in ruins; rusting or rotting away. They're destined to pass away, they're fleeting as a cloud. Our houses, cars, clothes, computers, and books, along with a host of other "stuff," will in the end, have to be said farewell to. Jim Elliot had it right: "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose."

A.W. Tozer reminds us the unseen world described in scripture is the only real world. Therefore, we, like Moses of old, need to keep our eyes fixed by faith on the invisible. Only the eternal and spiritual are lasting! Sooner or later, you and I are going to have to part with our possessions, and I'm not necessarily speaking of this happening at death, ask Job. It may happen sooner than later. To the worldly-minded saint, the fact that nothing in this life is lasting is tormenting to him or her.

"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."

Monday, September 22, 2014

Fickle Friends

"Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first. And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me. Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?" 

It will be of great benefit to the reader of the book of Galatians to know the inhabitants of this city descended from the Gauls, a people of unstable nature. They were quick to receive impressions and just as quick to give them up; impulsiveness and fickleness characterized them. Thus, one can better understand our text. You might refer to them as "fair weather friends." Great when the sun is shinning, but nowhere to be found when clouds arise. 

But Paul was accustomed to this sort of wishy-washyness; the type who receives one with enthusiastic joy, only to reject him or her after being told the truth about themselves. The old warhorse was used to experiencing situations in which one minute he could scarcely keep people from worshiping him and in the next, they were ready to stone him. It is a real paradox, writes this seasoned saint, he told the Corinthian Christians, "And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved." 

Evidently this sort of human being is not familiar with the wise man's teaching, "Faithful are the wounds of a friend." They're difficult to figure out. They have a real dislike for the doctor who is instrumental in their healing. They fit comfortably with the crowd that cries one day, "Hosanna in the highest," and the very next, "Crucify Him." It can truly be said of them what is said of Samson and his friend "Whom he had used as a friend." Friends are not to be used, but rather cherished and held dear to our hearts.

If you have been let down by someone you trusted, remember "There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother."

Sunday, September 21, 2014

HELD UP BY MERCY

"When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD, held me up." O, The wonderful mercies of God. We are told in scriptures that His mercy is: great, rich, manifold, plenteous, abundant, sure, everlasting, tender, new every morning, high as the heaven, fills the earth, and is God's delight. Is it any wonder then that darling David said, "will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities." Marvelous, marvelous, marvelous, is it not, to be one of God's, "vessels of mercy?"

How often in life have I have cried out to "The God of my mercy, "I'm slipping Lord, 'Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe.'" And each time, in mercy, that invisible Hand has reached out and caught me, as Peter of old, just before I sank. When I could no longer stand, all strength was gone, and sinking was inevitable, I found the words of the old gospel song true, "Mercy there was great and grace was free." From that memorial day so many, many years ago, when I prayed, "God be merciful to me a sinner," until this present hour, mercy has followed me; and I'm sure it will all the days of my life. 

"Take notice not only of the mercies of God, but of God in the mercies. Mercies are never so savoury as when they savour of a Saviour."
(Puritan Saying)

Friday, September 19, 2014

GOD AND GIVERS

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

I learned very early in my Christian life you can’t out-give God. As Paul tell us, “Who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?” God is no man’s debtor. Although one’s motive cannot be ‘give to get,’ still it’s a fact. I find many Christians, like the Dead Sea, want to always be the recipients, but not the bestower. Thank God our precious Lord Jesus didn’t have that attitude.

We, like many of our readers, live on the cutting edge, financially speaking. But we try to keep a little in reserve for emergencies, ours or others. Within the last few weeks, a dear friend, who has suffered much over the years, entered the hospital for another surgery. I told my wife to mail them a certain amount out of savings. Less than an hour later, a supporter e-mailed us saying God had blessed them and that they were sending us a special offering; yes, the exact same amount we sent.

It is only reasonable to give back to God what was His originally. David grasped this truth, “ But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.”

I love the way Luke puts how God will give to givers, “...pressed down, and shaken together, and running over…” How often, as a boy, I saw the old-timers press down things in a container, then shake it to settle it to the bottom, and continued this till it was running over. Bless His Name, He does the same with all those who graciously give!

“It will not bother me in the hour of death to reflect that I have been “had for 
a sucker” by any number of impostors; but it would be a torment to know that one had refused even one person in need .” C. S. Lewis

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Guilt and the Christian

I'm told a great majority of those in mental institutions are there because of guilt; something they've done in their past they cannot rid themselves of. No Christian should ever have what has come to be known as "a guilt complex." If a Believer had no other text to lean on, Hebrews 9:14 would be more than sufficient to hold him or her up, "How much more shall the blood of Christ...purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God." 

Guilt in the saints' lives will be used against them in one of two ways: first, either the devil will constantly bring it up to keep one back from going forward; or, secondly, self-seeking loved ones or friends (intentionally or unintentionally) will regularly mention it in order to hold you down; that they may be in control of your life. One way or the other, you lose all your effective potential for God.

Peter denied the Lord but repented with tears. After that dark experience he never mentioned it again. Yet, after Pentecost, he accuses his brethren of denying the holy and just One. He did not fall for the sick idea he had no right to condemn others for what he himself had done. He lived by the scriptural philosophy, "What God hath cleansed let no man call unclean." He didn't accuse himself or allow anyone else to do so! He was cleansed and forgiven. THAT WAS IT! 

A.W. Tozer mentions that when God cleanses and forgives a man it is as if he had been newly created; like he had never sinned. It is true, as John tells us, the accuser of our souls accuses us to God night and day. But just as true, says old John, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Throne. And, by the way, He has never lost a case!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Life's Interruptions

I don't like to be interrupted, whether it be when I'm eating, reading, praying, or a score of other involvements. We're all familiar with, "Do not interrupt me while I'm speaking." I think down deep we'd like to say to God at times, "Do not interrupt me while I'm _________ (you fill-in the blank). But I find God does not recognize, "Do not disturb" signs. Interruptions are a way of life, accept or reject them, their a reality; get used to it.

Jesus' life and ministry was filled with Divine interruptions. For example, Nicodemus coming to Him at night after Him spending a long day in ministering. That patient one was never ruffled by such inconveniences. He knew He had a short time, but realized interruptions were the stuff life is made of. He was always conscious these oft disturbances were a part of God's plan. They deepen one's soul, making us aware it is not all about us. 

Concerning our subject, C.S. Lewis writes, "The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one's 'own,' or 'real' life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one's real life-the life God is sending one day by day; what one calls one's 'real life' is a phantom of one's own imagination. This at least is what I see at moments of insight: but it's hard to remember it all the time."

Monday, September 15, 2014

Specialized Ministries

The Bible does not discourage specialized ministries. On the contrary, it is the instituter of them. But there is a danger each specialty carries with it: thinking it is special in and of itself. I mean in the sense of being more important or necessary over others. All of them are to work together for the glory of God. It's important to remind oneself, he or she is not special because they may have a different type ministry from another dear brother or sister. We're all on the same team.

To mention just a few within this danger area are: evangelists, prophetic teachers, printing ministries, children's homes, deeper life, church builders, drug and drink rehabs, finance consultants, music seminars, defenders of the faith, family institutes, youth ministries, the elderly, skid-row missions, etc. etc. 

There is mainly a twofold risk which singular ministries carry with them: first, as mentioned, believing you're the main cheese. Paul put it this way: "And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you." The second being, you lose your balance. You're the only one on the teeter-totter. Over-emphasis leads to a "unbalanced" Christian life. You hone in on one subject in the Bible rather than the whole council. All you can see or look for in the scriptures is something that will under-gird and promote your particular kind of ministry.

I have often stated, a pastor is possibly the most balanced of all the gifts. I liken him to the old-fashioned country doctor, a general practitioner. The original saying was, "A jack-of-all-trades, master of one." Being a master of one, let none of us be guilty of neglecting the others. Or thinking of them as obsolete!   

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The One Thing Job Didn't Lose

Job, most certainly held his wife and children close to his heart. Without question, his health, like our own, was dear unto him. And though he did not seem to be such a man that clung to his possessions, still they were a great blessing and enjoyment to his life and that of his family. But in God's stripping of His servant there was one thing (other than his life) He left job, a thing the old saint clutched tightly to and refused to let go of: his moral integrity. "...till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me." 

The word integrity comes from the Latin and old French, meaning: 
innocence, blamelessness, chastity, purity. It carries the thought of wholesomeness and soundness  in moral and ethical principles. This was the one dominating characteristic in Job's life, and everyone knew it, both in heaven and in earth.

The whole issue between God and Satan concerning Job was his integrity. After Satan hit the old patriarch with his first wave of heartbreak, God throws in the adversary's face, "...still he [Job] holdeth fast his integrity." Even his wife knew her man to be a man of integrity, "Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? Wonderful thought, is it not, you can take everything a man or woman holds precious, but you can't rob him or her of their integrity. One can only lose this (integrity) by willfully surrendering it. 

May our testimony be that of darling David, "And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever."

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Indelible Commandmernt

The written Ten Commandments were distinctively given to the nation Israel, under a theocratic form of government. God chose this people, not to be a pet, but a pattern for all nations and peoples to follow. Because of Israel’s habitual refusal to conform to God’s statutes, they were scattered among the very nations they were to influence with Jehovah’s moral laws.

After their dispersion, to their amazement, I’m sure (and ours), they found God had long before, written His laws on the internal, fleshly tables of man’s heart. Yes, way before He wrote them to Israel on external tables of stone. No matter where they went, they found hints of their own laws among the pagans.

Mankind can attempt to rid himself of the Ten Commandments, but he will never be able to erase them from his heart. They may be removed from the schoolroom, judicial system, and all of society; but you’ll never remove them from the ark of the heart. They are indelibly written there, from birth to death.

When Paul was shipwrecked on the island of Melita, because of the rains and the cold, he was gathering sticks for a fire. While doing so, a venomous viper bit him, which he shook off into the fire. Upon observing this, the heathen islanders said, “No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live.” This certainly shows, “...the work of the law written in their hearts.” We must conclude, then, the only way to get rid of God’s commandments is to cut out one’s own heart.

The Law by which God rules us, is as dear to Him as the Gospel by which He saves us. (Puritan Saying)

Friday, September 12, 2014

When He Returns

"...when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?"
Now, whether our text is speaking of "The Faith," referring to the essential body of truth found in Christianity, or a personal faith, as in individual Christians lives, is of little matter. Either depicts a sad condition on earth when He comes. Personally, because of the context, I lean toward the latter interpretation. 

If you will go through the four Gospels you will find when our Lord speaks of His Return, in fact or in parable, there is not some glorious utopia awaiting Him. But everything is out of kilter so to speak, simply because He is not in His rightful place up to that time. I care not what you call them: dispensations, periods, ages, times, etc., each has ended in chaos. Man at his best always makes things worse. He's depraved, you know.

If there was ever an opportunity for a dreamworld, a Shangri-la, if you please, on this earth, it was at Pentecost. The Holy Spirit was poured out in mighty power, there was a love and unity among the people of God, godly men and women were everywhere to be found, thousands were being saved, and the Church was growing by leaps and bounds. Yet, no Millennium. One thing was missing: Christ, and until He comes to earth, there will be no such thing of an age of righteousness, bliss, and peace. 

There cannot be, will not be, peace on earth till the Prince of Peace returns a second time to Rule and Reign!  Allow no politician or anyone else to convince you differently.  "Even so, come, Lord Jesus."             

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Running Scared


Many of us, I think, spend much of our lives running scared, only to find when we do have courage enough to stop, turn, and face whatever it is, it was usually only a phantom. Isn't it amazing the hideous, manufactured monsters our imaginations can conjure up? A lot of us have a kindred testimony with that of Mark Twain, "I've lived through some terrible things in my life; some of which actually happened."

I believe a large number of us fit the description of people the Psalmist speaks of: "There were they in great fear, where no fear was." You know, we've all experienced them: "I think I heard something"; What if the doctor says..."; "But what will I do if this should happen?" The list is legion. President Franklin Roosevelt's quote comes to my mind, "The only thing to fear is fear itself."

We speak of the eternal torments of the damned, but what of the earthly torments of the fearful? John tells us, "...fear hath torment." O, the paralyzing effect fear has upon a soul! It holds like a vice, making it impossible to move either this way or that. As Paul says, "You cannot do those things ye would." How we need to realize whenever this unhealthy fear comes upon us, it is not of God, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear." Be bold, rebuke such satanic spirits in the name of Christ!

Either God is completely in charge or He isn't. If He is at the wheel, then there is nothing to fear. A little boy on board a ship was asked, in the midst of a ferocious storm, why he seemed to have no fear." His answer, "My father is captain of this ship, and he has brought me through worst storms than this."

"Be not afraid of sudden fear."

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Forfeiting Our Peace

A portion of the old gospel song says, "Oh, what peace we often forfeit...All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer!" If prayer didn't accomplish anything else in our lives, and it does, it brings peace of heart and mind. So says the apostle Paul in Phil. 4:7-8. If we're not prayerful about everything, we'll be care-full about everything, he tells us.

Prayer shows God we believe we can't make it without Him. That we can't live independently from Him and get by in this world. And neglecting our sweet hour of prayer with Him is to forfeit our peace of mind and heart. 

Although the outer court may be hectic with all sorts of activity and turmoil, inside the veil is nothing but tranquility. Like a buoy in turbulent waters, so may our outward life be, while at the bottom it is steadfast and unmovable, secure, no matter how much tossing and turning it may be experiencing because of the storm. And so it is with the inner man.

People sometimes ask, "Does prayer really work?" Job asked the same question ages ago, "...what profit should we have, if we pray unto Him? My answer is always the  same, "Ask those who have stopped praying."

If God gave us everything we asked, but we were void of peace of heart and mind, we'd still be sadly lacking.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Throwing Out The Dog

From my observation post, I personally think it's time for many of God's dear people to throw out the dog, that is, as found in dogmatism. The root meaning being, "that which one thinks is true; to seem to be good or imagine to be so." Many dogmatists think, erroneously, that they should be accepted without questioning or asking any proof for their position. When one does challenge them, they're known for picking up their marbles and going home.

Being dogmatic can be acceptable. But to reach that place, the Bible says we're first to prove all things, then we can hold fast to that belief, principle or philosophy. If you don't put things to the test, trust me, you'll end up in the doghouse alone, every time. It's the weightier things in life we're to be absolute on, the real issues, not the curl on the pig's tail. It doesn't add any weight to the pig.

If you want to do away with some of the dogs in your kennel that are known only for their incessant barking, there is a way to do it. Read, listen, and learn from opposing views. That will cure you from yapping at everything that passes your way. You may not agree with all of them, but you will understand them much better. And in doing so, you may find a friend instead of a foe. It's good to remember there are many good and godly persons who do not hold our views, some of which excel a few of us in every area of our Christian life.


Dr. Bob Jones Sr. used to say, "Go as far as you can down the right road with every man." That's good wisdom and advice. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Who Am I This Time

“Who art thou?” This question was directed to John the Baptist, and was answered in the affirmative. This rugged individualist knew exactly who he was. He didn’t have any problem with an identity crisis. You could certainly not accuse him of emulating others in his diet or dress; which is (especially in the latter) characteristic of those who are not happy in their own skin.

My wife and I watched a sad, but sweet movie on TV recently. It was about a shy clerk, who worked in a hardware store in a small, old- fashioned town. He had no idea of who he was or was supposed to be. That is, until the local “little theater” approached him for a leading part in their next community play. It was then, after accepting the roll, he became the personification of the character he was to play. Each time through the years, whenever he was contacted by this group, and offered a part, his first question was always the same, “Who am I this time?”

No child of God need go to a book on psychology for help with this problem, but simply go to the Book of God for deliverance from this plague. And after reading and submitting to such passages as: Psl.139:14-16; Isa.64:8; Psl.100:3; Isa.44:2; Ro.9:20-21, I believe you’ll be on your way to thanking God for, what I like to call “The Unique You.

A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Saints Like Us

I'm sure Bible saints would be embarrassed and appalled at the exalted position on which many place them today. In some cases, it borders on deification. When the people of Paul's day attempted to place him and Barnabas on such a pedestal, they told them, "Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you." And when Cornelius fell at Peter's feet we're told, "But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am man." 
Is this not what James tells us of the man Elijah who prayed so earnestly and effectually? Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are," says he.

God makes no attempt to use cosmetics on His children's lives. His biography of each shows, if you please, warts and all. And this is the way every truly good and godly saint would have it. As Paul said, "lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that 
he heareth of me." The apostle gloried in the fact God made manifest to others his weakness and frailties; lest said he, "I should be exalted above measure." The Bible presents to us these marred portraits not in order to tear them down, but to build us up. And not one would have a problem with God helping us at their expense.

Whenever a man or woman ceases trying to patch their old broken vessel and allow others to see them as they are, in fact, marred and broken, it is then the treasure within will be seen. When this world sees that sainthood bleeds like they do; have the problems they do; lives on the same street they do; works and go to school where they do; falls on their faces, at times, like they do; along with a long list of other short-comings as a result of being part of humanity, it is then, and only then, they will come to us, like the Greeks of old and request, "Sirs, we would see Jesus." 

It's not the lofty but the lowly that represent the Humble One of Galilee!   

Monday, September 1, 2014

Potential Great Thinkers

It is sad indeed to see someone with great potential held down or held back because of erroneous teaching, or cowering in a corner, intimidated by some brainy over-lording personality. Among the many things Christ set men and women free from is a bondage of mind. In the very true sense of the word, He makes both into free thinkers. "He came to set the captive free," and a free people is a thinking people.

Some have the mistaken idea that only great intellects are great thinkers. I thank God for great intellectual Christian thinkers, I'm not anti-intellectual. But they are few in number compared to the common Christians. If it was therefore left to the upper echelon, so to speak, to provide the great thoughts, we would have few indeed. Great thoughts come from and through great souls, not necessarily from great intellects!

It says of Mary, Jesus' mother, she "pondered" on things she heard. And of Joseph, His foster father, that he "thought" on things. Most certainly, these thinking parents taught their son, humanly speaking, as they taught Him other things about life, to be a thinker. 

The Journals main purpose, apart from glorifying God, is to challenge God's people to think on their own. And the first place one should begin his or her journey of contemplation is with God. All great creative thoughts originate with our Creator!

"What luck for rulers that men do not think." Adolf Hitler

Big Problems or a Big God

"And all the men of Israel...fled from him [Goliath]...David hasted and ran toward...the Philistine." You can run, but you can't hide. Those who would run from their giants, find Goliath had four others running around just like him. Life can be problematic at times, and to run from one is only to run into another.

To face a giant problem directly can be intimidating, to say the least. You can't wish away, or run away, from ten-foot giants. They must be faced. But how can runts such as we confront such insurmountable odds? Simple; we follow David's example. We put God between us and our giant, "I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts." When this is done, Goliaths are reduced to pygmy size so that we end up towering over them.

David didn't look at Goliath's bigness or his own smallness; he saw God's greatness.