July 21, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO FILL THE BARNS

Proverbs 3:9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: 10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty

If you recall earlier in the year, we introduced the principle of cause and effect. If we do what God has asked, we enjoy the promises that God has made. The first part of this verse is a command. “Honor the Lord with thy substance and with the first-fruits of all the thine increase”. So, we need to give bountifully to the Lord, and also, we need to give our best to the Lord. What we give to God should come out first before anything else. God should mean so much to us that He is the top priority. All of our “substance” came from Him anyway. So, we honor the Lord by giving to Him out of what He has given us. And we honor the Lord by making sure that His gift is the top priority, and that we keep track of everything that comes in so that we can honor God somehow through it.

Get this! God says if you will be faithful to honor Me with your blessings, and honor Me with the first-fruits of your blessings, I will fill your barns. Faithfulness brings filling. God did not say working harder would fill your barns. God did not say working more would fill your barns. God did not say if you get smarter, if you socialize with more people, or if you market yourself better, I will fill your barns. From what I can tell, our talent, or ability, or knowledge has nothing to do with getting filling into my barns. It is all God. God says if we will be faithful to honor the Lord, He will honor us even more. God says if you will honor me with the first of your fruit, I will fill your barn with fruit. God always gives more. Here are some verses to think about today.

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

* Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and 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.

I am persuaded that He is able to fill the barns!

July 20, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO GIVE PURE WORDS

Psalm 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

The older I get, the less patient I get with things that are not authentic. I am tired of all the insincere fluff that comes out of most every political candidate during election seasons. Telling everyone what they want to hear with no real intention to do what they promised. I am tired of fake, biased, slanted news and media outlets. I grow weary of not being able to trust what you hear, or who you hear it from. I am trying to raise a family, pay bills, struggle with healthcare, build a marriage, work a job, and form a Godly legacy to leave for my children. When you have these kinds of responsibilities, you long for something that you can trust. When you have pressures in life, you long for something that is the real deal, that is worth the time to listen, and that can actually help. I do not want to get the run around. I do not want to hear sermonette’s, fluffy life lessons, or a preacher that doesn’t have any idea what he is talking about. At this stage in life, you don’t have time to waste. Time is going by too fast, so you want quality answers.

The older I get, the more I experience how precious the Word of God is. It has been tried and tested. When I am counseling with a husband and wife that are about to call it quits, they don’t need my little funny stories, some smart quotes, or 13 reasons why marriage is like a flower. (That was sarcastic, not a real thing; no reason to google that)
They need something that can really help them, and that is the Word of God. In a day when there is so much hypocrisy and false claims, God’s Word is pure. It is like silver that has been purified over and over again. It has been put through the fire and it has not only remained but has become more and more relevant. It has shown itself to be more than we could describe. The Word of God is alive. We need to quit wasting our time with impure sources and get our minds on the one thing that we can trust. God’s Word is the “real deal”. There is nothing attached to, or written in God’s Word, that is not purer than purified silver. When you are desperate, the Bible has what you need. When you must have some life answers, do not waste time looking it up on the internet, get to the pure Word of God. How thankful I am to have something pure, and trustworthy to look to at any moment of my day. How do you and I handle living in such a perverse, impure society? We do it by immersing ourselves in the pure, purified, living, Holy Word of God.

The older I get, the more I am persuaded that He is able to give pure words!

July 19, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO HAVE AN EXCELLENT NAME

Psalm 8:1 ….O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

Every time I read this verse, I think of the song we sing at church. I do not know that we fully understand that word “excellent”, but we enjoy singing about how great God is. So what does this word “excellent” completely mean. It is the Greek word “addiyr” and here is the definition:

“Addiyr”: wide or large; figuratively, powerful:–excellent, famous, gallant, glorious, goodly, lordly, mighty or mightier one, noble, principal, worthy.

God’s name is POWERFUL
AS THE SONG SAYS, “There is power in the name of the Lord, there is peace in the name of the Lord, there is hope in the name of the Lord.” There is power when you say it, and there is power when you hear it. It is the name above all names

God’s name is FAMOUS
everyone has there beliefs and religions, but none have made the global impact
Of the name God. Our job is to make the name of Jesus even more famous.

God’s name is GLORIOUS
His name represents the glory naturally connected to God. God’s glory is so powerful, Moses was not allowed to see it for fear of death. You and I are to strive to make sure God gets the glory in every area of our lives.

God’s name is GOODLY
God never does anything but good, allows anything but good, never says anything but good, and never accomplished anything but good.

God’s name is MIGHTY.
God’s name is not just mighty, it means “mightier one”. It doesn’t matter who shows up or challenges Christ, even Satan himself, God is the “mightier one”.

God’s name is NOBLE
God is beyond royalty, and surpasses nobility. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is noble, He has acted noble, and speaks noble, and He has treaded is nobly

God’s name is PRINCIPLE
God’s entire system is based on principles. It means the standard to go by. It is excellent

God’s name is WORTHY
God’s name is worthy of every bit of adoration, fame, might, and principles that co e His way. He is worthy of our praise, our loyalty, our love, and our unfailing, lifelong, commitment. His name really is excellent.

July 18, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO SHOW MERCY WHEN I AM WEAK

Psalm 6: 2 Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak:….

There, he said it. It takes a lot for a man to admit that he is weak. It takes a lot for anyone to admit that. I think what I appreciate the most about this admission is what has been omitted. There are really not any excuses given after this. There are no self obsessed justifications made to try to excuse away all responsibility. He just comes out and tells the truth. God, I am weak. There is no blaming his upbringing, no accusing people who have treated him badly, and no complaining that God just put too much on David. There is apparently enough water under the bridge, enough sleepless nights, enough turmoil in his thoughts, and enough failures that all the self sufficiency is gone. It is just David, God, and the truth. I am weak.

God already knows that, by the way. He is already well aware of our weakness. We are just not well aware of His strength. If you and I could just finally get to this point in our own lives. If we could just admit that we are weak. In our own strength, we are too weak to face the temptations that come our way. Satan has too many tricks, and a far superior ability. He knows our weak spots and our tendencies. On the other hand, there is good news. God has the same information. God knows our weaknesses, strengths, tendencies, quirks, and peculiarities. The Bible says that God knows our “frame”.

* Psalm 103:14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

God knows how we are put together. David does something interesting here. Instead of saying God help me I’m weak, or God do something for me because I am weak, David says “Have mercy upon me”. David here is saying to God that David has messed up, he’s blown it, he’s failed. In David’s weakness, David had made some wrong choices, failed in some areas, and messed up. David didn’t blame anybody for his failure. He just asked for God‘s mercy.

Here’s the point. We are weak, we are frail, and we do mess up. instead of excusing it, blaming someone else, or failing to take responsibility, we need to just come to God in humility and admit that we are weak. We just need to come to God and ask for mercy. I encourage you today to admit to yourself and to the Lord that you are weak. I encourage you not to go throughout the day on your own strength. You will fail. I encourage you to admit that you are weak, and ask that God shows mercy inspite of our failures, and provide strength for us to serve Him better. Good news:

* Psalm 86: 15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. 16 O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant,

July 17, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO BLESS THE RIGHTEOUS

Psalm 5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. 12 For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

Apparently, we as God’s children, are supposed to be a little joyful. We are told that those who have put there trust in Jesus should “rejoice”. We are told that they should even “shout for joy”. We are told anyone that God has ever defended, protected, or shielded should “shout for joy”. We are told anyone that has learned to love the name of the Lord should be full of joy. I don’t know about you, but that is a lot of joy that is supposed to be in our life. The average Christian does not display near that much joy. Everything in our life needs to be going exactly like we want it for us to have joy. There must be no problems, no conflicts, and no surprises for joy to be “shouted” in our life. The average church is a “house of complaining”, or a “house of whining”, instead of being a “house of prayer”.

According to this passage, our joy should be present because of our relationship with the Lord, not because of favorable circumstances. Now verse twelve tells us the the Lord “blesses” the righteous, and literally compasses us with favour. It means that God’s favor goes before us, like we were holding a shield, everywhere we go. Wow! These are all wonderful and undeserved blessings from our Heavenly Father. However, I find that the joy that is discussed in these verses was there before the blessings were mentioned. Our joy should come from the Lord, not from blessings. We should not need all the “perks” in order for us to be joyful. We should be shouting for joy before the blessings start rolling in.

Yes, God blesses the righteous. We are not the “righteous” because of our accomplishments, but because when we got saved, we put on the “righteousness of God”. Yes, the favor of God surrounds us. All these things are wonderful, but our rejoicing should come from the fact that God loves us, and saved us. That should be enough for us to “shout for joy”.

July 16, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO LEAD ME STRAIGHT

Psalm 5:8 Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.

Let me first say how amazing it is that we have a God that leads us, instead of pushing us. Our Lord is our example, not some cultish extremist. Everything that our Lotd does benefits us. Everything other religious leaders do somehow benefits themselves. Our Lord has never asked anything of us that He has not already done and more for us.

David asks the Lord here to lead him in God’s righteousness. That is the only way that God will lead us. In Psalm twenty three David says that his Great Shepherd led him in “paths of righteousness”. If you or I ever end up in paths that are not righteous, God did not lead us there. We ended up there all on our own.

David also asks for God to do this “because of mine enemies”. I think David feared what his enemies would do, and I also think David feared what having enemies might make him do. When you and I serve God, there will always be some things and some people against us. David knew that of all times, he needed God’s leading now. And David knew of all times, he needed to head down a righteous path. Having obstacles against us can very easily make us head down a wrong path. We need God to make sure we don’t. We can head down an angry path, a bitter path, a revengeful path, a sinful path, or simply a wrong path. Because of our enemies, we need God to lead us in His righteousness.

David feels it is so important, that he asks God to make it very clear what he should do. “Make my way straight” means to make it clear and easy to find and follow. We can be so distracted by our “enemies”, that we can become confused about what is right. We can start to concentrate on what we have the right to do, instead of what is right to do. David says to make the way straight, and to put it right in front of his face, so he cannot miss it. God is able to do that you know. There are a number of things that are the “enemy” of God’s will in our life. May you and I ask God today to lead us in His righteousness. Let’s ask Him to make it “clear”, and to make it “close”.