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Don't Worry!

Posted By at Wednesday, April 27, 2016

 

In Luke 12:22-26 & 31, Jesus said: 

22 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, nor about the body what you will put on.

23 Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.

24 Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?

25 And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

26 If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?

31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well."

This passage beginning with the word 'Therefore,' links this teaching with Jesus' previous parable on covetousness. He wants us to have a proper attitude to material blessings, not to hoard, but to simply learn to trust God, our heavenly Father.

Jesus wants us to know we are more valuable than the birds. His concern is that we reach for His kingdom; which is far greater and more valuable than the stuff people hoard here in the world.

Worry is a useless exercise; a demonic design which is powerless to accomplish good, but is powerful to destroy a life. Worry is meditating on the negative aspects of life, rather than meditating on the positive power of God's Word in your life. Jesus encourages us to reach beyond the struggles of this world and partake of the kingdom that He has already given us as His children. It protects and comforts, allowing survival and giving hope for the future. If the world is overwhelming you, just ask God to teach you how to release your worries because worry is sin!

1 Peter 5:6-8 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

So discipline yourself to turn away from any anxiety or panic and learn to rest yourself on Him, believing He has already completed everything you need in your life. You will find it works.

Norman
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Jesus is the door!

Posted By at Wednesday, April 20, 2016

 

John 10:7 "So Jesus said to them again, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep."

George Adam Smith, the 19th century Biblical scholar was educated at the Royal High School, the University of Edinburgh and the New College in Edinburgh, Scotland. Smith then studied during summer semesters at the University of Tübingen (1876) and the University of Leipzig (1878) in Germany. After travelling in Egypt and Syria, he entered the ministry of the Free Church of Scotland and was appointed Professor of Old Testament Subjects in the Free Church College at Glasgow in 1892. In 1909 he was appointed Principal of the University of Aberdeen, a post he held until his retirement in 1935. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1916, and was knighted in the same year. He served as Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Free Church of Scotland in 1916-17. Most of his papers are held in the National Library of Scotland, in Edinburgh.

Smith tells of travelling one day in the Holy Land, and coming across a shepherd and his sheep. He fell into conversation with him and the man showed him the sheepfold into which the sheep were led at night. It consisted of four walls, with a way in.

Smith asked him, "This is where they go at night?"

"Yes." said the shepherd, "When they are in there, they are perfectly safe."

"But there is no door?" said Smith.

"I am the door," said the shepherd.

The shepherd was not a Christian man and wasn't speaking in the language of the New Testament. He was speaking from an Eastern shepherd's viewpoint.

Smith looked and him and asked, "What do you mean, 'You are the door?'"

"When the light has gone and it's night," said the shepherd, "and all the sheep are inside, I lie in that open space. No sheep ever goes out but across my body, and no wolf ever comes in unless he crosses my body. I am the door."

And that's what Jesus is for all of us, His children, He is the door and we are the sheep of His pasture. You can sleep safely tonight knowing He is the door.

Norman  

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God Says We Can Learn From the Ant

Posted By at Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Think of those little black ants that invade our gardens and sometimes even our houses, that we consider to be such nuisances and pests that we try to get rid of them by various means. But did you know that God points to them as an example for us to learn diligence and persistence in our Christian life?

Proverbs 6 is an interesting chapter to read and meditate on. It's a contrast between two categories of peoples - the wise and the foolish. The wise person seeks wisdom and loves instruction in the Word, whereas the foolish person neglects discipline and refuses correction. We are to avoid any form of laziness and serve the Lord with gladness, and try to be a blessing to those God puts in charge of our life.

Proverbs 6:6-8 NKJ Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise,

7 Which, having no captain, overseer or ruler,

8 Provides her supplies in the summer and gathers her food in the harvest.

Every verse in the Bible has key words that we need to pay attention to.

To consider and think carefully about the ant means to study the ant's ways. But the next phrase: "and be wise" is the key in the verse. God is telling us here that we can find wisdom from the natural world that He has created.

The ant doesn't have a supervisor, a captain, an overseer or a ruler to tell it what to do. The ant is self-motivated; it doesn't need somebody to push it along to make it get busy. The ant probably understands that it doesn't have unemployment benefits or other government programs or even the local Pastor to look after it. The ant knows that it has to take care of business for itself. The ant is therefore wise. God says that if you are wise, that should be your attitude too.

I want you to notice, also, that the ant Provides her supplies in the summer and gathers her food in the harvest.

Prov 6:6-8 New Living Translation Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise!

7  Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work,

8 They labour hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.

The ant is not lazy. It plans ahead and saves for another season. So this is saying a person who lives only for today without making provision for tomorrow, is an unwise person. We are to be frugal in our handling of money and practice good stewardship, and learn to be a generous giver to the work of God and the needy.

Prov 19:17 New Living Translation If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord— and he will repay you!

Don't be a spendthrift or a loser because Prov 11:1 says; "A false balance is an abomination to The Lord."

Use - but do not abuse - the things God provides for you. We should be looking for the future, planning for the future and setting aside for the future, but not hoarding. If you will choose to follow God's principles, you can trust God to bless you and make you a blessing to others too, who probably do not consider the ant's ways to be wise!

Norman 

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Abiding in The Word Brings God-Type Joy!

Posted By at Wednesday, April 06, 2016

In John 17 Jesus prayed for you and for me. Part of what He prayed was:

John 17:13-14a And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them thy word.....

Whatever Jesus said out of His mouth was pure scripture, it was the Word of God. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit as Galatians 5 says.

This joy of God comes from the Word of God. The Word of God abiding in your spirit will produce God-type joy. God-type joy is not affected by circumstances.

God-type joy cannot be over-run by the devil.

I want you to notice He said in John 15:7 If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

Did you notice the little word 'If'? That means you choose whether or not you have the abiding Word in you. If you are not constantly re-filling yourself with that Word which produces joy, then you won't have very much of the God-type joy, not because joy is not available but because you are not diligent to put it in your heart, mind, and spirit.

Joy comes from the abiding Word. That is the reason why you need to be meditating in the Word every day. You get the Word inside of you in several ways:

  1. By mediating the Word
  2. By studying the Word
  3. By speaking the Word

Being in the Word every day gives you joy each morning when you have to face the day and whatever the devil is planning against you that day.

Nehemiah 8:10 The joy of the Lord is your strength.

That God-type joy will enable you to be strong to face anything the devil may throw at you and it helps you think positively and successfully overcome his threats.

Norman