While reading my Bible yesterday I came across a verse of Scripture that excited me. It is found in Ezekiel 44:1-3 is a prophecy of events that would come to pass. We know that the Lord Jesus entered that gate during His earthly ministry. It is believed by many that He entered that particular gate when He made His triumphant entry to Jerusalem just before His passion. Ezekiel writes. "Then said the Lord unto me, This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in it; because the Lord, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut." History tells us the Turks sealed that gate in about 1500 AD because they feared the Messiah would come and take over the world at that time. To this day, that gate is shut, sealed and unusable. The Turks even set a cemetery there thinking no "holy man" would cross that sacred ground. But they did not read the Word of God, for it tells us in Jeremiah 31:40 that the Lord sanctified that parcel of land, saying, "And the whole valley...shall be holy unto the Lord." Why would He do that, or even care? Ezekiel went on to tell us, "It is for the Prince; the Prince, He shall sit in it to eat bread before the Lord; He shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate, and shall go out by the way of the same." The world may try to stop God's Word from coming to pass. The devil may try to thwart God's plans. But no one and no thing can stop God's Word from coming to pass! I believe the Lord Jesus will once again enter that gate as Messiah to the Jewish nation and King over all the world. Everyone knows something will soon take place, for we cannot continue the way things are going. God's Word will prevail, for He who tells us of future events will bring to pass all His Word in season! The reason I believe this is because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Because He rose from the dead, it proved every word He said was true. May God bless you!
Joshua 3:3 says, "When ye see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God...go after it." No one in Joshua's day had ever been to the border of the Promised Land. They were following the Lord by faith with all their heart but were (understandably) nervous about stepping foot in the Jordan River. But the time had come for the Levites, who were carrying the ark, to step into the waters of the Jordan that they may enter the land that flowed with milk and honey. But the people had to leave their own place first and..."go after it." You, too, have to remove from your place to follow after God's plan. Jesus told His disciples and others, "Follow Me." Some did, but others wouldn't. The rich young ruler's problem was not outward sins, for he kept the commandments from his youth up to manhood. His problem was not leaving his place and going after it: following the Lord Jesus Christ. Stir yourself up and follow the Lord's leading. You will enter into untold blessings and will never e the same! May God bless you.
Luke 7:36-50 is the account of the woman who was a sinner. She became overwhelmed because Jesus was there. In studying a little about who this woman was from accounts in the other Gospels, it was Mary, the sister of Lazarus who was raised from the dead. Her love and gratitude for what He had done for her and her family overwhelmed her. She brought Him her best: her alabaster box of ointment. She stood behind Him weeping until she couldn't help herself: she began washing His feet with her tears and wiped them with the hairs of her head. She then kissed His feet and anointed them with the ointment.
But there was a man of the Law there, a Pharisee, who judged Jesus' character, saying within himself, "This man, if He were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth Him: for she is a sinner." She probably didn't attend where he went to worship. He knew all the gossip of the day concerning the who's who of that community. But Jesus said, "Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee." Jesus does have things to say about how we view others. It may not be what we think.
"There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?" He painted the picture clearly for this man, and us today. "Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And He said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged." Jesus then proceeded to tell Simon what just happened, which you can read later. Then He said, "Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And He said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven thee." Even the little sins? He said, "Thy sins are forgiven thee." Even the ones she didn't pray about and asked for? Yes, even the aggravating nuances of her personality were forgiven. He forgave her! He judged her forgiven! He was telling this man who hardly did anything wrong socially, that yes, she had many sins; but they are forgiven because she loved much. Who did she love? Jesus Christ, the Son of God! His message is clear: please don't judge another by what you see or think is offensive. They may be a Mary! May God bless you.
Last week my wife told me about a verse of Scripture she read in Psalms 139:10 that says, "Even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me." David wrote of many possible places he could be, yet "even there" the Lord would hold him and lead him! No matter what circumstances you are facing today, tomorrow, or the next day, the Lord is leading and holding you in the hollow of His hand. He knows everything you are going through. He is still working all things together for good to those that love Him and are the called according to His purposes. My prayer for you today is that you will be blessed in knowing the Almighty God, our Creator and Redeemer, will continue to guide you and hold you in His powerful hands and that His will shall be accomplished in and through you each day until He returns! May God bless you.
In Mark 16:15 Jesus said, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature." Many people shy away from this command, being too self-conscious to know what to say. But the Lord who commanded us to go tells us to "preach the Gospel." That is what we are to tell others. He didn't say to stay in the building and wait for them to come to us. Some will come, but we are to "go" into all the world. Verse 20 says, "And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the Word with signs following. Amen." It was when they went forth and preached the Word that the Lord worked with them. He cannot confirm something not said, for He is the "living" Word! I must take every opportunity to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every creature. There are people that only you can give this wonderful gift to! Then the Lord will work with you and me by confirming the Word with the signs He said would follow the believer (verses 17 & 18). Let's go forth at once to tell every creature of the Gospel! May God bless you.
We had a great day in the House of the Lord today! This mornings message was about theboundless love of God. Nothing can come close to the greatness His Word holds. When we believe it, it can break every chain and send to flight the armies of Satan! He cannot stand Gods Word!
Then our church went to the Hrwinton Fair, where we had a table and invited many folk to church. Then we came back to church in the evening and heard Gods Word again and it was wonderful! The Lord manifested what was ministered and no one wanted to go home! We gathered at the altar and sought the Lord together! He heard and answered us and filled us to overflowing! Come to church and let the Lord work His Word in you. You will never be the same! May God bless you!
This summer I had the chance to go to Cape Cod, Mass. for a weeks vacation. One day we visited Highland Light, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. As I stood there looking at the vast waters a verse of Scripture came to me. "Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?" (Jeremiah 5:22). God chose to contain the mighty ocean by using small grains of sand. Something small and insignificant has power over the mighty waves, just to show us how vast and wonderful His boundless love truly is! Nothing can contain or control the love of God. It goes beyond the highest star, and reaches to the ends of the earth. It pulls a lost sinner out of the miry clay and prepares the vilest person for heaven, through the loving sacrifice of the Son of God. His love is beyond human understanding, and all we need do is repent of our sins and call on the name of the Lord and we shall be saved! May God bless you.
This question has been asked by countless people over the years. Acts 9:5 we find Saul of Tarsus asking this while on the road to Damascus. He was on a "missionary trip," doing something for the furtherance of his religion. But alas and alek, he was on the wrong path! How many sincere people go to church on Sunday but actually see no need of the Lord Jesus in their lives? We say we do, but we don't really depend on Him. We don't spend any time praying to the Lord Jesus. We fight the very One we think we are serving. Is the Lord Jesus the master of your life? Are you at His disposal? Is calling Him "Lord" just a title of respect or is there true meaning behind those words? Jesus became Saul's Lord on that road to Damascus because of the encounter he had with Him. If the Lord were to touch you today, or speak to you on your daily walk, or manifest Himself to you, would you serve Him? Would you say like the trembling Saul, "Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?" Let me encourage you today to pray as if this were your last day on earth, to serve Him as if there was no one or nothing else to serve, and give Him the respect and honor due any earthly emperor or king. If you can do this then you can call Jesus Lord, as Saul did so many years ago! May God bless you.
Mark8:22-25 this story does not indicate a lack of power on the Lord's part, but a full acceptance of His power on the blind man's part. This man was brought to Jesus to be healed. Jesus had to change the atmosphere of those around this man because obviously they influenced this man to a degree of unbelief. Sometimes we find ourselves with those who wouldn't believe God if He walked down the street and bumped into them! He took the man by the hand, led him out of town, spit on his eyes, and put His hands upon him, and asked if he could see. That is when he answered, "I see men as trees, walking." Jesus laid His hands upon him the 2nd time and the man was restored. Sometimes things don't happen the 1st time we get prayer. We must press through unbelief and doubts. A Christian woman came for prayer at church last week, having a head ache. She told me later that I prayed, "Lord, give peace to her head and body." She said that the head ache didn't go away completely because she thought she had a sinus problem. She came the next service for prayer and she said I prayed the same words over her, but this time the Lord spoke to her and told her to receive what was prayed. She did and the ache completely left and hasn't come back! If you have prayed about something and it hasn't changed, do as this woman did at church last week, and as the blind man did in Jesus' day: go back again and let the Lord speak to your heart. He still has the power to heal you and meet that need! May God bless you.
Many years ago at a minister's convention in Manchester, CT, the guest minister spoke from Matthew 26:39, which says, "And He went a little farther..." In every account of the Bible Jesus pressed His way to the will of the Father by going "...a little farther..." When the disciples went as far as they could go, Jesus went a little farther. Sometimes that is the difference between doing the will of God and coming short of His will. If we don't press our way in "a little farther," we, too, will fall asleep spiritually and miss His will for our lives. Let me encourage you today to go "a little farther," and press your way into His wonderful will! May God bless you.