“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6
When Jesus said “the one who hungers and thirsts for righteousness will find that hunger met,” He was not talking about someone who had a mere appetite; He was talking about a starving person.
God made us in such a way that we couldn’t exist long without food. What is a starving person interested in? The latest football scores? The flower arrangement at the pink lemonade society? The number of stars in the universe? No! They’re only interested in one thing – food!
In fact, I did some research and discovered that a person can exist about forty days without food, about three days without water, and only eight minutes without air. In the spiritual realm of eternity, man cannot exist one second without Jesus Christ.
May God help us narrow our focus to hunger first and foremost for Him! It will result in bringing glory to God and saving multitudes of souls.
“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16
So many people think they can’t do much for the Lord as they enter their twilight years. God doesn’t change just because your health may take a turn or you feel weaker. The faith that is inside of you has not weakened, unless you stop feeding it with works of faith. The things God calls us to do in life do not hinge upon our physical stamina or financial strength.
Do you know where one of the great strengths of a church lies? In its seniors—older, mature believers who have walked with God for years. With their reservoir of wisdom and fortress of faith, they get hold of God, and though their bodies are wearing a bit, they are as strong as they ever were—because God is their strength.
Douglas MacArthur once said, “You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubts, as young as yourself with confidence, as old as your fears, as young as your hope, as old as your despair.” God gives unfading strength for His undiminishing promises.
Latch onto the truth in this verse and let it become the hallmark of your later years: “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” Proverbs 4:18
“All things are delivered unto Me of My Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him.” Matthew 11:27
When God condescends to make Himself known to us, the Bible calls that “revelation.” The Infinite, God, reveals Himself to the finite, mankind. Now, what is the agent in this revelation? Not a what, but a Who. The Holy Spirit. Only the Holy Spirit knows the mind of God and searches the deep things of God.
You and I cannot know God apart from the Holy Spirit revealing Him to us. Isaiah 55:9 says, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Even in the human realm, the only way you and I can know anything about each other is when we reveal ourselves to one another. We spend time…we communicate with each other. And the only way man will ever know God is for God to reveal Himself. He does that through His Word and prayer. Praise God He has chosen to do that!
(True Conservative Pundit) Rep. Jerrold Nadler joins the list of Washington power brokers who are out to get Trump, no matter what it takes, and regardless of the cost to We the People. By the Way, the cost of the Mueller probe alone is around 25 million dollars; now add on all the millions that were spent on other investigations…
As the Chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee, Nadler has a lot of power and can cause a lot of damage.
Nadler’s Judiciary Committee wants to review documents from the DOJ, Trump’s family members, and business associates. As of this moment, this is a request, but you can bet the bank that any person who rejects these so-called requests will then receive a subpoena.
This action by Nadler is nothing more than a wide-ranging fishing expedition. In the first place, there should be evidence of a crime before initiating this type of action – well guess what? There is NO evidence of a crime concerning Trump.
The Senate, the House, the FBI, and the corrupt Mueller team – none of these investigative groups have found one iota of evidence to shore up the Politicrats’ preposterous claims of Trump-Russia collusion. If the Mueller report had any actual evidence of Trump wrong doing, it would have been leaked by now.
Furthermore, Michael Cohen testifying before the House Democrat’s entertainment / smear job division – grudgingly admitted that not only was there NO collusion of any kind whatsoever, nor any campaign fund violations, but also that Trump never ordered him to lie to Congress.
Yet despite all these findings by different groups of investigators, Jerrold Nadler along with Nancy no-mind Pelosi, Chuck-you Schumer, and Adam shifty-Schiff among others – are convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that Trump colluded with Russia. No one seems to know or have evidence of what Trump is guilty of, but by golly Trump IS guilty of something, even if it’s only breathing.
“Asked if he believed Trump obstructed justice, Nadler said, ‘Yes, I do.’” (source)
One has to understand a couple of facts here in relation to these never ending so-called investigations. The ones calling for them, this would be the Politicrats of course – are either very low-intelligence morons that actually believe the vile, lying, and ridiculous garbage they spew out of their mouths on a daily basis – or they are knowingly making it up as they go along so as to destroy Donald Trump and his amazing presidency. I will leave that up to the reader to judge.
I have never before seen such a deep and abiding hatred for a president, not EVER. I do not remember this level of hatred when the Democrats tried to smear and ruin Ronald Reagan. The Politicrats have absolutely no respect for Trump, and an almost demonic hatred for Trump. At the very least there ought to be some respect for the office of the president, but there is not one drop, not one!
“Nadler isn’t calling the inquiry an impeachment investigation but said House Democrats, now in the majority, are simply doing ‘our job to protect the rule of law’ after Republicans during the first two years of Trump’s term were ‘shielding the president from any proper accountability.’” (source)
Any thinking rational human being after reading that quote from Nadler ought to be able to discern here at least one fact. That fact is that Nadler and all that side with him are a bunch of liars, not to mention stupid. Yes I said liars and stupid.
It does not take a brain surgeon to realize what is not being said here – namely this; if the Politicrats are as they say truly concerned about accountability and protecting the “rule of law,” then where is the outrage and the investigations concerning the Politicrat Deep State operatives?
The DOJ and FBI were weaponized so as to interfere with the Trump campaign and then to attempt a soft-coup against President Trump, what about that?
How about the felonious FISA warrants used to spy on the Trump campaign initiated by the false and unsubstantiated Steele dossier which was bought and paid for by the Hillary campaign and the DNC?
I would add here for anyone that does not already know – anyone signing off on a FISA warrants swears by their signature that the information used to obtain said warrant was properly fact checked, corroborated and validated 100%. SO, those who signed these warrants LIED.
Where is all the Politicrat outrage at these many serious crimes? Some of these crimes border on treason, again, why is it the self-righteous Politicrats don’t seem to care and are in fact burying these crimes?
The Democrats just want justice, and are only doing their jobs to protect the rule of law – right, and this writer is going to be the next president of the United States.
Why do We the People tolerate these lying criminals who are out to protect their power and their gravy train? The even deeper and more disturbing part of all this is that the Politicrats have made it abundantly clear that they do not care who they step on, nor who they completely destroy in their quest to take down Trump. As for We the People – we are insignificant chattel, to be lied to and taken advantage of and are completely dispensable.
This is all a disgraceful sham and a witch-hunt being used by the Politicrats to discredit Trump because he is actually standing up to them. The second reason is because this is all the perfect diversion from their own crimes as mentioned above – this is straight out of Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals, the Democratic playbook.
Nadler even defined why he believes Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice:
“He pointed to what he considered several instances of obstruction of justice by the president, including the “1,100 times he referred to the Mueller investigation as a ‘witch hunt’” as well Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI director James Comey in 2017.” (source)
So bad-mouthing the Mueller investigation is obstruction of justice? Are you kidding me??? And this is the moron in charge of the Judiciary Committee! And as for Trump firing Comey – just months before he did so, the Democrats were clamoring for Comey to be fired. Did you Dem-wits maybe happen to forget this little factoid?
The Democrats are no longer responsible or beholden to their voter base whatsoever. They all act, and I believe think – that they are above the law and are not in any way answerable to anyone. Politics and the lust for power rule the day.
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“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” 1 John 2:1
The best way to start dealing with your sins is for you to confess – that is, begin agreeing with God as to what He says about your sin. Then you’ve got to confidently deal with your sin.
Now, what do I mean by “confidently”? What guilty person goes before a judge confidently?
First, you have your own attorney when you face the judge for adjudication. According to God’s Word, you have an Advocate, which is another name for attorney.
Here are the principal players in this scene when you are in God’s court of justice:
• God the Father is the presiding Judge.
• The devil is the prosecuting attorney, pointing his accusing finger, saying, “Look at him/her!”
• Jesus, your defense attorney, stands by you (the accused) saying, “But Father, look at Me. I shed My blood for him.”
Because Jesus died, our debt is paid. Hallelujah! “In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him” (Ephesians 3:12). “Let us therefore come boldly unto the Throne of Grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). Though our sins are as scarlet, He will wash them white as snow!
Praise God—your defense attorney is the Judge’s Son!
Those looking to criticize Jesus and His followers suggest that Christians lack compassion and love when they make a stand against sin. Politically correct topics such as gay marriage, full-term abortion, and premarital sex are especially hot topics. However, God’s primary nature is to love. This was demonstrated by His rescue plan for us through His Son Jesus Christ. The death and resurrection of Jesus is the greatest demonstration of God’s love for us.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV)
Accusations of ignorance, self-righteous bigotry, prejudice, and insincere love come from a worldly view that love accepts all things that feel good. This is a deception the devil has spread. The world has redefined love as something that withholds discipline and has no eternal consequence. Sin seems to be an old fashioned concept that should be ignored.
Humans are pleasure seekers by nature but there isn’t any Scripture stating we should do what feels good and follow the pleasures of our heart. Actually, the Bible warns us to guard our heart because it is deceitful. The heart is the seat of our emotions and will.
“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9 (NIV)
Our purpose on earth is to glorify God and lead others to salvation. Heaven is our true home. Heaven is where we will find absolute joy and contentment as we live out eternity with God in our glorified bodies. There, we will have no more sorrow or pain.
Non-believers think their time on earth is for the here and now. Each day is as good as it gets. Many don’t believe in an afterlife or a final judgment. So, why not do as much as possible to satisfy lustful pleasures every day? Their focus is on self. They may strive to live a good life helping others along the way. Volunteer work is awesome but ultimately their actions are self-serving. They do acts of service and show kindness to others but forget to credit God. God placed different gifts and abilities inside each of us with the purpose of using them to give Him glory. It is not enough to be nice and do nice things. We must credit God with our service and remove self from every equation. Being a good person will not get you into heaven. Acknowledging Jesus as Lord is the only way.
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” John 14:6 (NIV)
Non-believers are quick to point fingers at a Christian’s intolerance of sin. They justify their harsh judgment of us because, unlike them, we don’t support the choices and actions of all people. After all, freedom of choice is every person’s right. Well, God gave us this freedom of choice so He’s not ignorant of the glorious gift of free will. Nor are believers! But the Word of God states a homosexual lifestyle and premarital sex is a sin, so believers are not called to accept or back such behavior. Instead, believers are called to love the sinner but hate their sin. Hating the sin and hating a person are two different things.
Those holding to a worldly view miss this: It is not to anyone’s benefit to do whatever they please, although we do have the freedom to do so.
“’I have the right to do anything,’ you say—but not everything is beneficial. ‘I have the right to do anything’—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.”1 Corinthians 10:23-24 (NIV)
Christians are called to love everyone, including those living a blatant lifestyle of rebellion against God. We are all sinners and we all require the grace of God. But true love does not say yes to everything. A father and mother will say no to their child if their choice or desire isn’t safe or healthy. Setting boundaries and saying no is a part of true love.
“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.” Revelation 3:19 (NKJV)
How do we know what is healthy for us? The Bible is our source for all questions in life. If we don’t read it, we will not know what it says about a matter. God chastens us out of love. He aligns our chastisement (or blessing) with His Living Word. God will bring sinful choices to our attention but still allow free choice to lead us to repentance or further sin.
Here lies the big defect in the world’s way of thinking. Their defense that love is demonstrated by accepting everybody’s choice to live contrary to God’s instructions is wrong. Christians love the person through actions and personal relationship while fearlessly addressing sin. If the world does not acknowledge sin as sin, they can’t understand Christian intolerance of sin is love.
“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commandments.” Deuteronomy 78:9 (NIV)
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.” Romans 12:9 (NIV)
“Days pass and years vanish, and we walk sightless among miracles.
Lord, fill our eyes with seeing and our minds with knowing;
let there be moments when Your Presence, like lightning, illumines the darkness in which we walk.
Help us to see, wherever we gaze, that the bush burns unconsumed.
And we, clay touched by God, will reach out for holiness, and exclaim in wonder:
How filled with awe is this place, and we did not know it!
Blessed is the Eternal One, the Holy God!”
(Chaim Stern, from Mishkan T’Filah, A Reform Siddur-Shabbat)
One Sunday morning Pastor Dan read this powerful, challenging and inspiring prayer. It immediately grabbed my attention which started me pondering very seriously how often we miss the presence of the Lord. Thus this blog.
Two Bible examples come to mind—one from the Old Testament and one from the New.
The first narrative is from Genesis 28:1-16. Jacob was told by his father Isaac to go to a place called Paddan Aram to find a wife from his grand daddy’s family. On his way there he stopped for the night and had a dream. In it God was once again reiterating to Jacob the promise made to Abraham that all people of the earth would be blessed through him and his offspring. And that Jacob’s descendants would be like the dust of the earth. Upon awakening from the dream he spoke these words in verse 16. “Surely the Lord is in this place and I was not aware of it.”
He had no idea when he laid down to rest that evening that God would be manifested to him in such a spectacular way. He was completely unaware of the Supernatural residence in that place. But because Jacob’s heart and spiritual eyes were open and receptive he did not miss it—he was able to eventually recognize that the Lord was in his very presence. What a marvelous experience—what an awesome happening.
How open are we to experience God’s presence when we are totally not expecting it? Do we traverse this earth with eyes searching for our Lord’s appearance? How often do we miss it when He is right in front of us?
The second text is from John 20: 11-18. This passage relates the story of Mary Magdalene coming to the tomb in the garden where Jesus had been buried after His crucifixion. When she found the tomb empty she was devastated supposing that someone had moved His body. She was overcome with grief. Who had done this? Why had they done this? And how in the world would she ever find Him? We pick up the account at verse 15. He (Jesus) asked her, “‘Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?’ Thinking he was the gardener, she said, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.’”
Mary did not recognize Jesus even though He was physically standing in front of her. The Bible does not elucidate the reason but my opinion is that her pain and feeling of abject loss perhaps took center stage and Mary allowed herself to be overcome by human emotions instead of being open to the presence of Christ. But then Jesus spoke her name. Verse 16: “Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’ She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, ‘Rabboni!’ (which means “Teacher”)”. (NIV) Mary was listening with ears attuned to the Lord—that is how she heard Him speak “Mary” and recognized her Master.
Are our ears open to ascertain the Master’s voice? Or are they so filled with the noise of life that there is no room to hear Him speaking to us? Precious reader how often does Jesus call our name and we miss it? Dear God in Heaven please expand our hearing so we can perceive Your softest whisper.
I leave you with a portion of Scripture from Hosea 6:2 “…restore us that we may live in His presence.” Try making that your prayer in the coming days.
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“And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after Me, cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:27
Jesus’ death upon the cross not only saves us, but it continues to sanctify us.
Have you read where Jesus said, “Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (Mark 8:34)?
Many people think that this means that our “cross” is a sickness, an unsaved spouse, or a cruel boss. However, a cross is not something that is forced upon you, over which you have no choice. A cross is something you willingly take up.
Jesus willingly laid down His life. He calls us to do the same.
Your cross is when you willingly die to yourself. You do this by saying no to sin and self, and yes to Christ.
“I, even I, am the Lord; and beside Me there is no Savior.” Isaiah 43:11
It takes more of God’s power to save a soul through the cross of Jesus than it does to do any other thing. God had no difficulty creating the universe. He simply spoke, and it was so, the Bible tells us. But when God wrote salvation’s story, He went to great difficulty. Let me illustrate.
What if I held a service and had the power to straighten the legs of someone who couldn’t walk? Or I could bring sight to the blind? The next service would be standing room only. Now I certainly want God to heal, but let me suggest a different scene.
What if I held a service and a little girl walked down the aisle and gave her heart to Jesus? That is a greater miracle than opening the eyes of the blind, because the Son of God had to hang on a cross in agony and blood to purchase her salvation! He didn’t speak salvation into existence, He died for it! Jesus did not come as a great healer or teacher, He came as a Savior.
Ask God today to give you the heavenly view—the viewpoint of Heaven—for the angels in heaven rejoice each time one lost person receives eternal life. This is the greatest miracle.
“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his Lord hath made ruler over His household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord, when He cometh, shall find so doing.” Matthew 24:45-46
It is sinful for us to ask God to “prove Himself” to us by some miracle or sign. But I guess we’ve all done it at some point or other.
When I was at Stetson University as a young boy having my quiet time in the prayer room, one time I asked God to move a chair from one side of the room to the other. I told him, “I already believe You, and I don’t want to insult You, but what a confirmation it would be to my heart and life if You would just do this small miracle.”
Isn’t that dumb?
I’m so glad God didn’t let the devil nudge that chair across that room and get me hooked on some kind of hocus-pocus. Jesus said that asking God for a sign, like this, is evidence of an evil, adulterous heart (see Matthew 12:39). Oh, that God would find us not looking for miracles but being faithful in all we do in His name.
Singer/songwriter Steve Green has sung, “May all who come behind us find us faithful.” Are those coming behind you looking ahead and finding an example in you? Are you faithful?