Friday, 31 October 2014

God's Greatest Blessing

"Let Your blessings reach me, O Lord. Save me as You promised" (Psalm 119:41).

We count our blessings. we name them on by one - and it surprises us what the Lord has done for us. None of our many blessings can even begin to compare with the greatest blessing of all - salvation.
When we thank God for His many blessings, may we never forget to thank Him for His greatest blessing - our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ

"Jesus Christ is Lord" (Philippians 2:11).

The Lord Jesus Christ - What a wonderful Person He is.
 * He is Jesus - the Saviour of sinners.
 * He is Christ - God's Anointed, the promised Messiah.
 * He is Lord - This is what makes Him the Messiah and the Saviour. Before Jesus came to earth - to be the Messiah and the Saviour, He was the Lord: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1).

A New Way Of Living

"I see Your mercy in front of me. I walk in the light of Your truth" (Psalm 26:3).

In Your mercy, Lord, open up for us a new way of living - a way of living that is shaped by Your truth, a way of living that is filled with Your light.

Our God, Our Saviour, Our Hope - All Day Long And For Eternity

"Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Saviour, and my hope is in You all day long. Remember, Lord, Your great mercy and love, for they have existed from eternity" (Psalm 25:5-6).

What does God's "truth" teach us? He is our "Saviour." He is our "hope." He is the God of "great mercy." He is the God of "love." He is the eternal God. "All day long", He is our God, our Saviour and our hope.

Looking Forward To The Main Course

"Taste and see that the Lord is good" (Psalm 34:8).

Here, on earth, we're still at the 'starter.' When we're in heaven, we'll move on to the 'main course.' We won't be disappointed!

Jesus On Earth, Jesus In Heaven

"The one who has clean hands and a pure heart ... the King of glory" (Psalm 24:4,7-10).

We look at Jesus' life on earth. What do we see? We see the Man "who has clean hands and a pure heart" - "There was no othe good enough to pay the price of sin."
We look at Jesus, in heaven. What do we see? We see "the King of glory." We see Him, in heaven, and we rejoice in this: "He only could unlock the gate of heaven and let us in."   

Our 'Good Gifts' And God's Good Gift - The Holy Spirit

"If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!" (Luke 11:13).

God's good gift is better than our "good gifts." He's the only One who can give us the gift of "the Holy Spirit."

When God Steps In - Everything Changes.

"Salvation is of the Lord. Victory belongs to the Lord" (Jonah 2:9).

Without the Lord, there is no salvation. Without Him, there is no victory. Jonah's story was a disaster story - until God stepped in. It was God who changed everything. That's the way it was with Jonah. That's the way it is with us.

The Love Of God, The God Of Love

"You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to You" (Psalm 86:5).

Sometimes, we contrast 'the God of the Old Testament' and 'the God of the New Testament.'  We speak about 'the God of law' and 'the God of love.' If we think that 'love' only began with the start of the New Testament, we need to read God's Word more carefully. Here, we are in the Old Testament. What do we find? We find love - the love of God, the God of love.

Listening To Jesus

"Mary ... sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what He said" (Luke 10:39).

What was the difference between Martha and Mary? Was it, "Martha did everything. Mary did nothing"? 
No! There was something that Martha didn't do. She didn't sit at the Lord's feet and listen to what He said. There was something that Mary did do. What Martha didn't do was "the one thing" (Luke 10:42) that Mary did do. "Mary ... sat at the Lord's feet, listening to what He said." 
Sitting at the Lord's feet, listening to what He says to us. Is this a waste of time? That's what some people tell us. It's not what Jesus tells us. 
When Martha criticized Mary - "Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’ (Luke 10:40), Jesus had an answer for her - ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed – or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’ (Luke 10:41-42).

God - Working In Power

"Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, ‘Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.’ The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth" (Jonah 3:3-5).

What a revival! What power there is in the Word of God!

Joy Isn't Worked Up - From Below. It's Poured Out - From Above.

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in Me" (John 14:1).

What is Jesus saying to us? Is He saying, "Cheer up." No! He's saying, "Be lifted up." Our joy doesn't come to us from deep down within ourselves. It comes to us from above, from the Lord. 

Obedience Won't Be Easy - But It's The Best Way To Go.

"And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?’ ... I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.’" (Esther 4:14,16).

God has a plan for us. Are we willing to pay the price?

Human Situation, Divine Guidance

"During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the Gospel to them" (Acts 16:9-10).

Paul's guidance came through " a man of Macedonia." His guidance came from "God." We look at the human situation. We ask the Lord, "What do You want me to do?"

Walk In The Light - With God.

"You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light" (Psalm 18:28).

Without You, Lord, we're stumbling around in the dark. With You, we're walking in the light - the light of Your love, the light of Your truth, the light of Your holiness.