Monday, January 25, 2016

Fulfilled

It seems that so many Christians today want to all but discard the Old Testament.  When we practice a principle, or hold a standard based on verses from the Old Testament we hear, “oh, but that is the Old Testament.”  Yet, in the verses I have quoted below – we see that Jesus taught us that He did not come to destroy the law, but rather to fulfill it.  I believe that teaches us that the demands the law made in punishment were fulfilled when Jesus died on the cross.  However, I believe it also teaches us that while the punishment for breaking the law was paid, it does not mean that we don’t have to observe or obey the law.  As an example, in the law when a child disobeyed they were to be publicly punished, stoned to death.  Now, Jesus paid the death, but God still wants children to obey their parents.  

God intends for us to use the Old Testament, because It testifies of Jesus.  The disciples used the Old Testament to preach the gospel and the world was turned upside down.  The law demanded perfection, absolute obedience for one trying to earn God’s favor, and death for disobedience.  Jesus fulfilled all of those when He "did always those things that pleased the Father," "He was obedient unto death, even the death of the cross," and He indeed died for our sins… then He arose victorious over sin!


So, I say all of that to say – read the Old Testament, look for the Testimony of Jesus, the Gospel, and learn the attributes of God from It – and while you’re reading It, praise the Lord, for in Jesus the law is fulfilled!

"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.Matthew 5:17


"Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.John 5:39

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

SEEK

2015 was the first year I can remember that God gave me a verse to claim as my theme verse for the year.  Luke 1:38, “And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.  With that He also gave me a word, “believe,” and a song – “I Believe God.”  Now, I am sure He gave me all of those to equip me as we have stepped out by faith leaving everyone and everything behind us to go on deputation as US Missionary Church Planters!  Over and over again throughout the year the Lord used His Word, His Song, and “Believe” to help and encourage me.

Well, now it is 2016 – and I decided that I want a new word.  I spent several days praying about it and asking the Lord to give me a theme word for 2016.  His answer?  Seek!  I spent a good portion of the afternoon yesterday studying the meaning, the several (over 233) times it is used in the Bible, and exactly how and what we are to seek.  Wow!  It is amazing how this little word can pack such a punch!

Seek:  A verb meaning to go in search of, to try, to try to find, try to obtain, try to attempt, to go to, to ask for, to search or explore, to make inquiry.  These all seem like a good thing to implement in my day – every day.

In searching the Scriptures, I have found many applications for “seek,” and again I found that applying this to my thought patterns and responses will help me in my daily walk with God.  

Here is a list:

  1. Seek the Lord
  2. Seek the Kingdom of God
  3. Seek His Righteousness
  4. Seek Peace
  5. Seek His Face
  6. Seek the law
  7. Seek His precepts
  8. Seek good
  9. Seek ye out of the Book of the Lord
  10. Seek judgment
  11. Seek by prayer
  12. Seek by supplications
  13. Seek ye the lost
  14. Seek Meekness
  15. Seek His strength
  16. Seek to dwell in the house of the Lord
  17. Seek to behold His beauty
  18. Seek God
  19. Seek
  20. Seek all the commandments
  21. Seek the Will of the Father
  22. Seek to enter in at the strait gate
  23. Seek to Please Christ
  24. Seek to be justified
  25. Seek those things which are above

While many “seeks” on the list seem almost redundant – the subtle differences add another layer, a different dimension, and further opportunity for growth.

In my further quest, I asked the Lord for a verse – what one Scripture should be my theme for this year.  I have prayed and sought the Lord for which one verse, as there are so many!

I considered these verses listed below for my theme verse, and have decided to memorize each one of them!

Mt 6:33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Joh 5:30  I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

Ps 105:4  Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.

Mt 7:7  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

The Verse that God placed on my heart is…



Psalms 63:1   O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;






and for my song, the Lord has placed on my heart a song I have loved for so many years - it was the school theme verse the year my oldest son graduated from high school.  This song served as a prayer of my heart for not only myself, but for my children, that they would be able to sing this song with all their heart to the Lord!


My Life Lord is Yours to Control

With my whole heart I humbly seek You;
Now use my life, O Lord, I pray.
I yield my stubborn will completely;
May Your commandments light my way.
Chorus
My life, Lord, is Yours to control;
I give You my heart and my soul.
I'll seek Your will, never mine,
Rich treasure to find.
Give wisdom to choices I make
Along ev'ry path that I take,
So when I complete life's race
"Well done," You will say.
Your Word has promised me the vict'ry,
And all I need to do is claim
Your strength to soar with wings as eagles,
To walk, to run, and not to faint. Chorus

My heart is so full already in just preparing my theme word, Scripture, and song.  I encourage you to spend time with God and ask Him to help you find a word, a verse, a song to enhance your daily walk and relationship with God.  I am already helped!  I hope this may help you too!

If you choose to join me – please let me know, so we can encourage each other.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Are You One of the Nine?

This past year, and currently, we are on deputation as USA Church Planters.  The Lord has burdened our hearts to plant churches in areas where the gospel is not being preached.  This experience has allowed us to travel to over 90 different churches to present the ministry in 11 different states so far!  We are living differently than we ever have in that we have no home of our own, we are traveling constantly, and living out of suitcases!

The great joy in all of this has been that we have been able to see God do so many miracles!  Miracles for us in answered prayer and provision, and miracles in the lives of others as we hear their testimonies and how God has worked in their lives.

The title of this posting is, “Are You One of the Nine?”  Jesus asked this question in Luke 17:17, “And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?”  You see, He had just cleansed 10 people, but only one came back to thank Him.  I pondered this question because we see so many folks make a profession for Christ, and then there are a select few whose life change after salvation is awe inspiring for the glory of God!

Today, there are two specific testimonies that stand out in my heart – I believe that in both these cases, these Christians are like the “one” who went back to thank God…

The first testimony on my heart is that of one of my grandsons, Corban. 
He just turned 9 and has such a tremendous zeal for reaching the lost!  Everywhere he goes he asks those he comes in contact with the simple question, “Do you know Jesus?”  He will proceed to give them the gospel and warn them of the danger if they reject the salvation that Jesus purchased with His own blood on the Cross of Calvary!  Over the Christmas holiday we had the joy of spending time with our youngest son and daughter-in-law in North Carolina, (Corban is their son), and it brought us such joy to see the Lord working in our grandson’s life and heart!  He received a new Bible for Christmas, and one day he had the choice of going out in the rain and cold to shop (not a boy’s favorite thing) or stay home and play with his new gifts he received at Christmas.  At first he wanted to stay home, but then he remembered his new Bible, and decided he wanted to go and take his Bible along so that he could witness to the folks he would meet along the way!  Wow! 

The second testimony that has, to me, shown the great power of the gospel comes from a gal I met at a church we recently visited.  I met this young wife and asked her how long she had been attending the church, which I typically ask folks at churches we visit.  This opens the door for me to ask about their salvation, and ultimately a possibility to present the gospel if they are not yet saved.  As she began to share her testimony, I could see the excitement, joy, and love that she has for the Lord.  You see, she had been in the entertainment industry – on
 the road to success as she had several contracts with a major cable premium station (HBO, Starz, etc.), and she met the man that would become her husband; He was a saved man and began inviting her to church.  At first, she resisted, believing, in her words, that "the building would collapse" if she entered!  After she attended the church for six months she received the Lord as her Saviour.  The work He did in her heart was miraculous!  She immediately cancelled all her contracts because she said that it is impossible to be in the industry without having to make some type of compromise – “even using the Lord’s Name in vain as part of the script is still using His name in vain…and I couldn’t do it!”  She has since been able to reach others that worked with her in the entertainment industry for Christ and even has a very unique ministry to reach them with the Gospel.

In both these cases, the gospel changed their lives in such a way that I am sure not only pleases the Lord but also prompts others to see that God does miracles even today!  I would hope to be as these “ones” and not as the other “nine.”  What about you?  If you’ve trusted the Lord as your Saviour, and have been healed by His stripes, are you one of the ones that return to the Lord to thank Him?  Do you show the Lord your love and appreciation for Him and the salvation He purchased for you with His blood?  Or…are you one of the nine?
If in your heart you realize that perhaps you have been like one of the nine, it is not too late today to go to the Lord and thank Him for all He has done and to begin showing your love and appreciation for Him with your life.  “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”  Mark 12:30-31 

When you love the Lord with all that you are, you will love others.



Have a wonderful day!