God’s Actions Sunday, Dec 9 2018 

The scripture for today may be found in the gospel of John chapter 1 verse 16:
16 For of His fullness [a]we have all received, and [b]grace upon grace.

When Jesus baptizes us with His Holy Spirit at once He begins a work in us which includes many facets.

  1. Conviction of sin
  2. Understanding of scripture
  3. Quickening
  4. Regeneration
  5. Unction
  6. Anointing
  7. Sealing
  8. Sanctification

In addition to all of these the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. We abhor even the thought of sin. It becomes unthinkable. There is joy unspeakable. There is power to witness. This is that “unction” to tell others, to testify, for “we are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ.” Remember the woman at the well who after speaking with the LORD, left her pot, went into the city and told everyone about her “experience” with Christ. When we become Christians we understand who Christ is and why He came to this earth. We know His purpose. We have assurance of our salvation. The Spirit of God within us bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. Our strength comes from God who made the mountains and the seas. There is no need to go on “searching” because we have found Christ. We know the reason for our hope. The Spirit teaches us “all things”.

Others see the fruit of our rebirth. The actions of God are evident. There are many ways God brings us to himself just like there are fingerprints or snowflakes. We are His workmanship. Each individual has his or her own unique experience. But we all “know” Him for it is God who saves us from our sin.

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God’s Economy Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 

Until very recently, I worked all of my life as a tax accountant. In that profession, you are called upon to provide detailed reports for hundreds of entities to federal and state taxing authorities. The rules for these reports are codified in thousands of pages of law. In addition to these there are standards codified by the states to which you are held accountable and permitted to practice by certification and license.

When an error is made you are allowed to amend returns to correct the error and of course pay any additional tax that would be required.

In God’s economy when an error is made we are called to repent. We are led to that repentance by God’s kindness.

Romans 2:4 God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?

What God gives us, we are called to give to others in need.

Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

Whatever we give will be given back to us.

Luke 6:38 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

We are called upon to remember God’s economy is a free flowing economy.

2 Corinthians 9:6-11

Generosity Encouraged

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:

“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
    their righteousness endures forever.”[a]

10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

The world’s economy and God’s economy are incomparable; but in the Word they intersect.

Proverbs 11:24 24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more;
    another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.

 

God’s Balance Monday, Dec 26 2016 

God’s Balance

Psalm 103: 14 for he knows how we are formed,
    he remembers that we are dust.

It is a wise man who learns that the foundation of life is love. Without knowledge; there can be no joy. Our faith yields a bountiful crop of peace. Healing comes through patience. The most miraculous power on earth is kindness. Prophecy is the cornerstone of goodness. Faithfulness brings the gift of distinguishing of spirits. Speaking in tongues is the epitome of gentleness and their interpretations are brought through self-control.

Psalm 103: 19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
    and his kingdom rules over all.

For every fruit of the Spirit there is a gift. God is the ruler of them all. He distributes them as he wills.

You have heard of the “balance of nature” and how delicate it is on earth. With God, that balance expands to the bounds of heaven.

Isaiah 40:The grass withers and the flowers fall,
    but the word of our God endures forever.”

Isaiah 40: 11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
he gently leads those that have young.

12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,
or weighed the mountains on the scales
and the hills in a balance?
13 Who can fathom the Spirit[d] of the Lord,
or instruct the
Lord as his counselor?
14 Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him,
and who taught him the right way?
Who was it that taught him knowledge,
or showed him the path of understanding?

If you are always thinking you need to put your own finger on the scale then you’ll never receive God’s best for you.

How to Worship God Thursday, Jan 9 2014 

 

In yesterday’s post we talked about How to Read the Bible, today we are going to talk about How to Worship God.

Many people think of worship as only singing in church on Sunday with accompaniment under the direction of the minister of music. While this method is effective in ushering in the Holy Spirit to your service each week, how on earth do you keep Him close the rest of the week without the band and choir to back you up?

Be filled with the Spirit;

19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Remember in the LORD’s Prayer the line that says, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven?” Imagine yourself standing at the very entrance to heaven with one hand and one foot in heaven and one hand and one foot on earth. Your worship should bring you to this place where there would be no difference between heaven and earth. The angels are worshipping in heaven and you are worshipping on earth.

The whole point of this worship is to usher in the Holy Spirit, to watch what He does, and to copy it. Heal the sick, comfort the down hearted, be an ever present help in times of trouble. Put your hand to His hand and learn from the Master the gift of compassion. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Worship is a time of thanksgiving. It reminds me of that song I learned as a child, “Thank-you LORD for saving my soul. Thank-you LORD for making me whole.”

Accepting the gift of salvation is the core of this time with the LORD. Put your arms out in front of you as if receiving a gift and say, “Thank-you LORD for your free gift of salvation. I accept it. Now change my heart and change my life. Make me a new creature in Christ.”

Speaking to yourself about who God is to you. A Psalm I like is Psalm 8.

8 O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

Imagine, there are 150 Psalms! If you ever want to learn about the character of God, you can find it in this book. The psalmists sang to the LORD from the depth of their hearts. They knew Him and trusted Him.

Having a time of worship before you study the bible each day can be a powerful experience, but some of my best times of worship are while I am doing other things; multi-tasking like doing the dishes or walking the dog. And yes, I hear the music in my head. I feel the rhythm in my feet.

Making melody in your heart to the LORD includes writing your own Psalms. I began doing this as a child and find it a joy.

I will end with this admonition from Paul to the Colossians:

 

15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.