August 15, 2009
Satan disguises himself as an angel of light, speaking through so-called prophets or using apparently “Christian” language to dissuade us from God’s true calling.Satan had already attacked from without, but now he attacked Nehemiah from within — through a fellow believer. But Nehemiah knew what God had told him. He was able to stand against this wile of the devil.Reminds me of the prophet (1 Kings 13) who was instructed by God not to eat or drink or return by the way he came. Then, another prophet lied to him and said that God told him it was OK to stop and eat with him. That prophet was killed by a lion. Nehemiah must have read 1 Kings.
August 12, 2009
Nehemiah had 1/2 working on the wall and the other 1/2 standing guard with swords. Application? Perhaps, that we tend to focus 100% on the work, while forgetting to stand spiritual guard?
Who do we have standing guard over our church, families, nation…?
August 4, 2009
Today’s reading in 2 Chron. records his death. With it died the prophet Jeremiah’s hope, who wrote laments (sad mourning songs) about him. Poor Jeremiah, how hard it must have been to be the preacher whose calling was to prophesy to a people who wouldn’t listen.
August 1, 2009
He called the people back to God and revival broke out in the land. After the sinful reign of his father, Hezekiah seeks the Lord. How quickly God will move with mercy to those who humble themselves and seek Him.
July 29, 2009
Apparently, King Joash was more dependent on Jehoiada than God. Sometimes people depend on a godly pastor or grandparent for their faith more than they depend on God. This isn’t revealed until the spiritual leader is removed from their life.
July 28, 2009
says, “I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.”
In today’s reading I was again startled by the apostle Paul’s words concerning the “full number” of the Gentiles that God wants to save. We are living in the age of the Gentiles’ salvation. When God has saved whom He wills, then He will turn His attention back to the Jews. When that happens Israel will embrace Jesus as Messiah.
I wonder if we are living in the age when God will soften the hearts of Israel?
July 25, 2009
King Asa started out so well… In the line of David, king of Judah, tore down the high places, deposed his evil grandma, faced up to the army from Cush with Divine help…What went wrong in his old age? Instead of depending on God (like he had his whole life before) he depended on the temple treasury and an alliance with an enemy (Ben Hadad). When he had nothing, he depended on God. When he was old and had gold and silver, he depended on wealth.
Are we tempted like this too? I want to finish well. How can we finish well?
July 22, 2009
.. He was so on fire for God as a young man. He even prays for the nations to come to the temple and recognize God.
What happened to Solomon as he got older?
He turned to worshiping the false gods of the many wives and concubines that he took. The wisest man who ever lived was turned from God by his lust for foreign women.
What happened to his godly wisdom? Why couldn’t he finish life the way he started… living for God?
My prayer today: Lord, please enable me through the power of the Holy Spirit to finish better than I started. May the story of my life’s 4th quarter be better than the first three combined. Help me to believe more, attempt more, grow more, and love more. In the name of our beloved Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.
May 19, 2009
The Incarnation is the best revelation of the Trinity
In John 10, Jesus said “I and the Father are one.” He said, “The Father is in me, and I in the Father.”
It is difficult to understand the doctrine of the trinity, but the revelation of God in Jesus Christ is just that… a revelation of the trinity. In this dimension that we live, the trinity is just out of reach of our human perspective. We catch a glimpse only in the periphery of our vision.
But when we look at the Incarnate One (God in the flesh), we hear His testimony to the THREE-IN-ONE. So, without fully understanding all, I choose to believe what the Son has said about the Father and the Spirit.
I believe and I worship the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is the One who made me, saved me, and keeps me.
May 19, 2009
Let the Lord defend you.
1 Samuel 24-25 includes two stories where David is tempted to defend himself, to take his own revenge/vengeance. One, is the opportunity to kill King Saul as he relieves himself in a cave. The other is with the fool Nabal, who offends David. In both instances, David is kept from shedding blood in his own defense. In the Saul instance, David’s men even tempt him with the old “it’s the Lord’s will” that you do this. We will all be tempted to defend ourselves, to take justice into our own hands. But like David we can let God handle it. It’s always best to let God be our defender instead of defending ourselves.