Monthly Archives: February 2019

Big Bird

“The wings of the ostrich flap joyfully, though they cannot compare with the wings and feathers of the stork. She lays her eggs on the ground and lets them warm in the sand, unmindful that a foot may crush them, that some wild animal may trample them. She treats her young harshly, as if they were not hers; she cares not that her labor was in vain, (Job 39:13-16)

Ah here we have the ostrich, a senseless bird. Males are black and white and the females grey in their feathers. Yet was the Lord putting this hear to give us a science lesson on big large birds, or is there more for us to see here.

Proverbs says “A wise woman builds her house but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands” (Proverbs 14:1)

The Bible is not saying only of women, yet foolish man or woman alike live in such a way as to destroy their own hard work and prove their efforts vain. We all could be foolish if we are not sensible and learners of the Lord’s Word and counsel. (See also 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”(Matthew 7:24-27 –

The ostrich here “flaps joyfully” a kind of laxadasical and complacent giddy bird described. Not serious or wise but just about a good time.

The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure. It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person than to listen to the song of fools. Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools. This too is meaningless.

Ecclesiastes 7:4-6 –

God is not against pleasure or laughter or fun times. This is not what this means. Yet if we are wise we know life itself is not just fun and games and there is a time to be serious, vigilant and sound, and there is a time for enjoyment. There is time to work hard and make effort and then there is time to relax and enjoy ones self.

Yet as the quote of our modern times goes “Live for the moment”

However, “If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God —I say this to your shame. (1 Corinthians 15:32-34)

Our 21st century culture is a human culture just as it was then, and humanity remains the same.

Humanity is apart from the knowlege of God, all about “Fun” and there was an old song that said “Everybody is living for the weekend”

Yet we as believers should live for the eternal. Even if the world around us lives for the next thrill, party, or getting wasted again when they have enough time money to do so.

Let us beware not to do as the rich man did in Jesus’s parable “And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Luke 12:16-21 –

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Longing For A Fresh Start?

God here in this passage says “But if they confess their sins and the sins of their ancestors- their unfaithfulness and their hostility toward me, which made me hostile toward them so that I send them into the land of their enemies- then when their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and pay for their sin”

Lets not misunderstand what the Lord is saying, there is nothing we can do to pay for our sins, besides receiving the mercy from pur Lord Jesus Christ, the perfect sacrifice for sin.

Yet “Pay for their sin” means, suffer the consequences. Often we sin, and yes as Christ followers forgiveness is guarantees because of Jesus. We should after we fail the Lord turn to Him and acknowlege what we have done and agree we did wrong.

Yet consequences often remain to remind us that sin has not benefited us or brought any good to our lives at all. It brings guilt, shame, and all sorts of other hard and unpleasant consequences we wish we could have avoided.

A night of sin can result in a unplanned pregnancy, or maybe a fatal car crash, jail time, guilt, shame, tarnished reputation or broken marriage. Sin can cause us to make poor moral as well as health choices.

People often say “Why is God anti fun” yet do we think sexually transmitted diseases, unplanned pregnancies, disolved maeriages for adultery are “fun”

Ask the alcoholic when he is older after years of drinking if his body feels like its having fun. Ask the gambler if his addiction to gambling that cost him his family was fun.

Ask people who recklessly disregard God’s sexual standards if the consequences are fun. Even physically if disease does not occur from poor choices, emotions are damaged, people can feel used and their are greater moral consequences too.

The lying person may think he has gotten away with deception, he may get in a tight spot and lie his way to what temporarily feels like a quick escape. Yet people can grow so used to sins and habits of sin that they start to use them to cope and cannot seem to stop.

Its no fun for that guy when he us telling the truth and people rarely know whether to believe him or not. So whatever he says gets dismissed.

The world itself is very much about showing grace to self and dismissing personal wrongs while being very unforgiving towards everyone else!

Sin has made us by nature prideful- uncircumcised of heart, with a heart of stone. People are thin skinned and hard hearted in sin!

Its easy to criticise the wrongs of others yet we know its terribly hard to take a hard look at our own iniquities and be appalled!

Yet here God says ““But if they confess their sins and the sins of their ancestors- their unfaithfulness and their hostility toward me, which made me hostile toward them so that I semd them into the land of their enemies- then when their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and pay for their sin”

God is very merciful. God is not as hard on all of us as much as we are on others so often. He hates sin far more then we ever could yet is far more merciful then we are toward others in their sin. And he abhors sinfulness. Yet His love and compassion make Him well rounded and magnificent.

Yet he also allows us to suffer for our sins often, and graciously forgives automatically the humbled heart of a wayward soul who is saved yet got of track, but also the person who has humbled themselves before Him for the first time to plead at the cross for mercy.

God does not make us grovel, we may feel we are groveling but that is us often having to humble our souls that are being tempted to hold back in pride.

Consequences can remain. Just because He blots out our offenses and “As far as the east is from the west, he had removed our transgressions” (Psalm 103:12)

Now, suppose someone blows it and humbles themselves and starts to follow the Lord. Does that mean just because they really goofed up in life that they are doomed to have a horrible life? Certainly not!

If we continue in disobedience nothing good comes of that, yet, God can still rewrite the story in our lives that we have blown. Regretting the past when you have dealt with your sin is not helpful. That won’t make you better and it won’t erase a single sin in the past. Jesus Christ alone can declare us “Not guilty” and he then beckons us “Follow me”

Don’t let your sins of the past keep your from serving Him and following Him today!

The people all said to Samuel, “Pray to the Lord your God for your servants so that we will not die, for we have added to all our other sins the evil of asking for a king.” “Do not be afraid,” Samuel replied. “You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless. For the sake of his great name the Lord will not reject his people, because the Lord was pleased to make you his own. (1 Samuel 12:19-22)

The people blow it here, but God gives them another chance and has Samuel say “Yeah you blew it and you are guilty of great sin. Yet from now, from here, turn back to the Lord and live for Him and it will go well for you.”

Grabbing The Horns

When the news reached Joab, who had conspired with Adonijah though not with Absalom, he fled to the tent of the Lord and took hold of the horns of the altar. King Solomon was told that Joab had fled to the tent of the Lord and was beside the altar. Then Solomon ordered Benaiah son of Jehoiada, “Go, strike him down!” So Benaiah entered the tent of the Lord and said to Joab, “The king says, ‘Come out!’” But he answered, “No, I will die here.” Benaiah reported to the king, “This is how Joab answered me.” Then the king commanded Benaiah, “Do as he says. Strike him down and bury him, and so clear me and my whole family of the guilt of the innocent blood that Joab shed.

(1 Kings 2:28-31)

Joab thought by running into the tent of the Lord to lay hold of the horns of the altar would spare his life. We see he was not spared death by flight and hidding in the Lord’s tent.

Like wise there are many who flee to religiousity, to church, and take hold of religious things, yet they do not lay hold of Christ.

The only thing that stands between us and the terror of God’s judgement is Christ Jesus Himself.

“Here I will make a horn grow for David and set up a lamp for my anointed one. I will clothe his enemies with shame, but his head will be adorned with a radiant crown.” (Psalm 132:17-18)

God promised David that from his line would come a King that would reign forever!

“If my house were not right with God, surely he would not have made with me an everlasting covenant, arranged and secured in every part; surely he would not bring to fruition my salvation and grant me my every desire. (2 Samuel 23:5)

Joab failed to see what so many people today also fail to see. Salvation from death and peril of sin cannot be claimed through laying hold of anything but The Lord’s mercy. Joab was about to die for his sin and bloodshed earlier on. He thought that he could rush into the tent if God to save his skin.

Many guilty unconverted souls though restlessly try to appease their guilt by good works, going to church or mass every sunday. Many tithe or give generously. These all are not bad things, but let’s settle this matter first

Here was God’s gracious invitation to Israel, he says “Come now let us settle the matter”

Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

(Isaiah 1:16-18)

Reader, whatever sin your carry with you, go to the one who says “Come now, let us settle the matter,”

Until we deal with our sin, our outward good we do is like only perfume to mask some foul body odor. When Jesus Christ came to wash away your sin and guilt. Settle that matter first and then do the good you intend to for your fellow man.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:8-10 –

Does God desire us to do good? Of course, yet understand nothing good we do can errase our sin debt and guilt stains. Only Jesus Christ can deal with that, and in response to such great mercy we should then live our lives to please him and be a blessing to our fellow man!

Turning Back On The Enemy, His Own Weapon.

“He snatched the spear from the Egyptians hand and killed him with his own spear” and so it is too with us when we follow Christ and wholeheartedly walk in His ways according to the Spirit.

In Romans 8:28, we are given such great truth “And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.”

The spear that was intended to destroy Beneniah, that spear became Beneniah’s way to overcome the giant Egyptian enemy he faced.

Temptation from the devil and the trials of life, suffering, loss or hardships can either destroy us or rather, form us to greatness, for God can give us grace and strength to overcome them all!

We see that many stories throughout Scripture, the enemies of God’s people, or foes of God’s choicest servants, faced their own threats of being speared. We look back, we see Hamaan devised to annihilate the Jews and errected a pole to hang Mordecai on. Yet through God’s providence and protection of Moredcai the Jews and the rest of the Jews, Hamaan’s own scheme backfired and he was hung instead.

Joseph’s dreams, caused his brothers envy and hostility, they devised to undo him and they sold him as a slave. Yet God worked on behalf of His loyal servant, and later He became greater then his haters, a ruler over his brothers, and all of Egypt.

Many look to the cross, and see Christ hanging in humiliation and scorn of people. What they saw as Jesus’s demise, the cross was His power to spear the Enemy and reclaim His rule in the World. He broke the power of sin and Satan, he snatched the spear of the Evil One and impales Satan on it in defeat, as the devil and his forces hang awaiting eternal doom.

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

(Colossians 2:13-15)

“Having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, truimphing over them by the cross.”

Beneniah snatched the giants spear and killed him with his own instrument of destruction, yet Christ disarms Satan and sin of their power to keep men and women prey. By faith, we receive the Lord Jesus for our forgiveness and he gives pardon, he brings power into our lives so that we can strike down our enemies, namely, sin and death.

For we are slaves of sin, but when “Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

John 8:34-36 –

So then we still must fight to retain our rightful freedom so sin will not try to master us again and trap us. We are declared “Free people” yet we must remind ourselves of this status and fight to not let sin or our Enemy try to deceive us back into bondage to it ever again!

Though hardness comes, we bear our own crosses that come to our lives, through trials and tests of faith. Yet these only can harm us if we allow ourselves to give into them. Yet if we excercise faith, the heavy crosses we carry can become weapons God uses to strike down spiritual foes.

Some never learn humility unless they are reduced in someway. Many learn more kindness and compassion for others because they too have shed their own tears. Patience is not fast aquired but time and practice of patience make us more patient. Who can truly enjoy a longing fulfilled unless their hopes and dreams have been long delayed? Many want some great blessings in life that are often God’s will yet, he bids us often, wait patiently. And so often the case, nothing is sweeter cherished more then something that took toil and time to finally enjoy. For those who get it quick, they value it less and may lose it quick. Yet through time and delay we often value God’s good gifts and purposes for our lives more. If gold came easy, it would not be so costly. So it is true with God’s gifts and blessings. They are not often as valued until they cost us dearly to finally come to possess.

We don’t appreciate how much we grow in our faith nearly, until faith is tested to it’s max and pain and hardship prove it true.

God may suffer us long, before breakthrough or greater levels of victory are seen manifest. No one diets for two days or two weeks expecting quick results do they? No one strength trains to build muscle expecting to be strong in physique over night?

So to, suffer and suffer in wait, suffer with joy, suffer with hope and a heart of praise, until you see God’s harvest in your life. Suffer to the end well, until you enter eternal glory. Suffer through the storms of well and do well, till the rain is gone and sun breaks through the storm clouds as they pass on. For the rain too has its proper place. Without the storm there will be no rain, and without the rain, everything dries us and dies. So if only sun is shining, we too may miss the frangrant blooms that our trials bring forth in the springs of life!