Is He Really Our Lord?

Luke 6:46–Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
Why call ye me, Lord, Lord–There are many people who call Jesus Lord, but they have not made Him Lord of their life. A Lord is a person who has and exercises great power and authority in a person’s life. We can make him Lord of our life by submitting to Him and His will.

And do not the things which I say?–He is only Lord if we allow Him to have and exercise power and authority in our life. As we submit to His will in obedience, then He is truly our Lord.

This is a blessing we can experience now–As we submit to His will and His word through obedience, we will remain under His power and authority and will be under His protection. We will also experience His direction and leadership in our lives. Jesus must become our Savior and Lord.

This is a matter of our ultimate destiny–”Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21). Saying and reality are often two different things.

When Storms Come Our Way

Mark 4:37-40–And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
And there arose a great storm–In our lives there are many storms that arise. They are physical, mental, spiritual, economic, and social. They come in the form of sickness, accidents, death, financial problems, and problems in our relationships. These things beat upon us and toss us about like a ship in a storm. They stir us up emotionally producing fear, anxiety, worry, sorrow, and grief just to mention a few.

Master carest thou not that we perish–Sometimes because of the storms we face, we may wonder if the Lord cares, or if He has forgotten about us. It is not that He doesn’t care or that He has forgotten about us, it is just that He is comfortable in the storms and in His ability to deal with them.

He will bring us through–Sometimes the Lord saves us from the storms and we can see what He saved us from, and sometimes He saves us through the storms and we see and experience His power. In any case victory belongs to the Lord and through Him victory belongs to us.

His words to us–They are the same as His words to His disciples in the scripture above. “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith? We must exercise our faith in Him when the storms come our way.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.”

Laborers Together With God

1 Corinthians 3:9–We are laborers together with God.
We are laborers–Every Christian is expected to be a laborer. All, as members of the body of Christ, have a function to perform just like every member of our body has a function to perform. If one of the members of our body does not carry out its function then it affects our ability to perform the way we should, and in the body of Christ if one of the members does not carry out its function then it affects the performance of the church. It is the responsibility of each Christian to discover what their spiritual gifts are and therefore what function they are to perform in the service of God.

We are laborers together–Paul said, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase” (1 Corinthians 3:6). We build on the work of others that have come before us. “Now he that plants and he that waters are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor” (1 Corinthians 3:8). Are you laboring and serving God according to the gifts He has given you? What will be your rewards?

We are laborers together with God–We as Christians not only labor along beside and with our brothers and sisters in Christ, we also labor together with God. We may plant and another may water but only God can give the increase. Working together requires communication with each other and an understanding of what needs to be done and how it is to be done.

I’m reminded of an old Hymn–”To The Work”
To the work! To the work! In the strength of the Lord,
And a robe and a crown shall our labor reward,
When the home of the faithful our dwelling shall be,
And we shout with the ransomed, “Salvation is Free!”

Peace For A Heart That Is Troubled And Afraid

John 14:27–Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you–It is amazing how many times God tells us, “Don’t be afraid”. In many places He tells us that we should not worry, be anxious, or become faint hearted. Jesus has made his peace available to us. This peace can rule in our hearts and minds no matter what we are facing or going through. God’s instructions say, if we need peace we should pray. Luke 18:1–“Men ought always to pray, and not to faint (become discouraged and lose strength)”.

Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid–God says, “Don’t let it”. This means we can have control. It is an act of our free will.  We can resist our heart being troubled or afraid. Pray, give it to God and the peace of God will keep your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.

To Him be the glory forever and forever. Amen!

Give Your Burden To The Lord

Psalms 55:22–Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee.
Cast thy burden upon the Lord–God tells us to throw our burdens upon Him and leave them there. Burdens are those things that weigh us down and diminish our strength. They are things that weigh heavy on our minds and hinder our thinking. The Lord says that we should not carry them around but should transfer them to Him.

He shall sustain you–He will comfort us, support us, and strengthen us. He will supply our need whatever that might be. He will carry the weight for us and He will deal with whatever it is. In everything by praying humbly with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. Tell God about what is causing you to worry and be anxious. Tell him what you want and thank Him for what He is going to do. Ask Him to give you His peace which passes all understanding.

Father, give your peace in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Be Ready–For He Is Coming

Luke 12:40–Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
Be ready–My wife and I enjoy our vacations and go as often as we can. My wife is always ready. She has her bags packed weeks before our departure. Jesus says that we should live our lives in readiness. As we read the context of this scripture we find out who those are that are ready for His coming. Jesus tells us who those are that are ready.
1. Be faithful and wise stewards doing what the Lord has given you to do. Be faithful, loyal, and dependable and exercise good judgment.
2. By knowing the Lord’s will for your life and be actively engaged in doing His will.

For the Son of man comes–Jesus is coming. No man knows the day or the hour, but He is coming. We must all stand at the judgment seat of Christ and give an account of our lives.
1. Those that are faithful and wise stewards who are doing His will when He comes will be blessed and made a ruler over all that he has.
2. Those that are not ready will suffer lose of rewards and will be saved yet so as by fire.

At an hour when you think not–This is why we must be ready every moment of every day. This is why we must be faithful and wise stewards, knowing and doing the Lord’s will every day of our lives. There is great joy in knowing and doing the Lord’s will. There is great joy in being faithful and wise stewards. Each must find this joy for themselves.

Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he comes shall find so doing (Matthew 24:46).

Letters From God–Book of Titus 3:1-7

My child, remind believers that they are to be in submission to the authority over them. Believers should obey them and be ready for every good work. Believers should not speak evil of anyone, and should not be quarrelsome or prone to fight, but should be gentle, showing all meekness unto all men. For all believers were in the past foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, mean and jealous. But I your Savior make My kindness and love for all mankind to appear. It is not by works of righteousness that you do, but according to My mercy I save you, by the working of My Holy Spirit in giving you a new spiritual birth, and making you a new creature in connection with Jesus Christ. I have also given you an abundance of My Spirit through Jesus Christ, My Son, and your Savior. As a result of My grace you are justified and made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:1-7

The Keeper, The Keeping, And The Kept

Isaiah 26:3–Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusts in thee.
The Keeper–God is our keeper. He neither slumbers nor sleeps. He is with us always even to the end of the world (Matthew 28:20). He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). With God for us who or what could stand against us? (Romans 8:31).

The Keeping–He will keep us in perfect peace. This is God’s own peace which is so great that it passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7). It is not shaken or diminished by anything that happens or by anyone. He will keep us in this perfect peace. This peace of God shall keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7). God’s peace will drive away all anxiety, fears and cares. Many try to overcome these with their own minds without God’s help but this is not the answer. The answer is in refocusing our minds away from these things and focusing our minds on God and believing in Him.

The Kept–Those whose mind is stayed on Him and trusts in Him are the ones that are kept in perfect peace. How often our minds become distracted by things of this world, by things that are going on around us, and by things that are happening to us. How quickly our minds are turned from God. To return to this peace and abide in this peace we must redirect our mind, our thoughts and our faith. We must refocus our minds and thoughts on Him and trust in Him. When our mind is once again stayed on Him and our trust is in Him, we will be kept by Him in perfect peace.  We are kept by the power of God through faith (1 Peter 1:5).  He is our Keeper. THANK YOU LORD.

Peace In The Midst Of Tribulation

John 16:33–These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
These things I have spoken unto you–Jesus had just asked the disciples, “Do you now believe?” The things Jesus is speaking of can be found in John chapters 13-16. They were spoken to the disciples in order that they might believe. The things spoken by our Lord in chapters 13-16 are of great importance. They were spoken by Him on the very night that He was betrayed and taken. He knew that His hour had come and that His time was short. Therefore He spoke of the things that were of greatest importance to His disciples for then and for the future. It will do us good if we spend great amounts of time in reading and studying these chapters and receive every truth contained in them.

That in me you might have peace–We can find peace in receiving the word of God into our mind and in our heart. The receiving of God’s word brings faith and with faith comes the peace. This peace is in the Lord Jesus Christ; He is the Prince of Peace.

In the world you shall have tribulation –In this world we will have trials, difficulties, troubles, distress, pain, suffering, and sorrow. However we are not to let these things get us down. Jesus has a further word.

But be of good cheer, I have overcome the world–In the midst of all the tribulation described above we can find peace. “The Lord will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble” (Psalms 9:9). “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalms 46:1). He said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you” (John 14:27). His peace is available to us.

“I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning:
for thou hast been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble.
Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing:
for God is my defense, and the God of my mercy” (Psalms 59:16-17).

God Is Thinking About Us

Jeremiah 29:11–For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
I know the thoughts that I think toward you–God is always thinking about his people collectively and individually. He has plans for all of His children and specifically for each individual.
1. Thoughts of peace–Peace is the result of harmonious relationships. God longs for us to be at peace with Him and with others. God’s thoughts and plans for us are that we will live free from strife, worry and anxiety. His will for us is that we will live in harmony with everyone and everything around us. His desire for us is that even when things are falling apart around us that we would have peace of mind. He has made available to us His peace which passes all understanding and has told us how to receive and abide in this peace. His peace is ours if we ask, seek, and knock for it. Thank you Lord.
2. To give you an expected end–God’s thoughts and plans for us are something to be expected. His desire for us is something to be looked forward to with great anticipation.  They are due, proper and necessary considering who He is, His characteristics, and His power. Because of His love for us and His grace and mercy He bestows on us, nothing less than a future of hope could be expected. His plans are for our success, and that we might prosper and be in health, even as our soul prospers.