This Too Shall Pass


There is a Jewish fable in which an eastern king asked King Solomon to put into one sentence a truth that would always apply, whether in good times or in bad.  King Solomon replied with, “This too shall pass.”

 

Regarding the affairs of man living trapped in time on planet earth, it is a very profound statement.  However, regarding the Creator of heaven and earth, it is NOT a true statement.

 

The LORD changes not  (Mal 3:6a).  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever (Heb 13:8).  Heaven and earth shall pass away but My (Jesus) words shall not pass away (Matt 24:35, Ps 12:6-7, 1 Peter 1:25).

 

Therefore, find peace, comfort, and strength in the eternal Word of God rather than in fleeting experiences and in the philosophies of man.

- 3/24/2019

Suddenly

Suddenly, the unexpected storms of life (Job 14:1) knock us for a loop.  We lose our job, our spouse walks out on us, someone we love dies, we are diagnosed with cancer, etc.

 

Some circumstances in our lives are beautiful, others are very painful.  All these circumstances are interconnected, like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.  One day we see how all the pieces fit into a big, wonder-full picture.  Until then, when life has us reeling, we must trust the Lord who sees the finished puzzle and keep moving forward with Him.

 

Let your heart explore the depth of these passages to experience the peace of God that goes beyond understanding: 

 

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” 

 

2 Cor 1:3-4 says, “…the God of all comfort who comforts us in all our tribulations…”

-3/17/2019

Living in These Days  

We live in days in which good is called evil and evil is called good, light is called darkness and darkness is called light (Is 5:20). We live in the days Jesus called “the beginning of sorrows” (Matt 24:8) before the great and terrible Day of the LORD. How then shall we live?

In holy behavior and godliness, looking for and eagerly awaiting the coming of the day of God (2 Peter 3:11-12).

Clinging to our faith and provoking each other to love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves (Heb 10:22-25).

With patience and resolute hearts (James 5:7-8).

Being still, knowing the Lord of hosts is with us and is our refuge (Ps 46).

As overcomers by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimony (Rev 12:11).

-3/10/2019

Ministers and Ministry

Our God is a relational God that does mighty works.  He is not the God of busyness.  Scripture reveals to us that the Lord cares more about His ministers (servants) than He does their ministry.

God is able to make stones into descendants of Abraham (Matt 3:9).  He is able to use a donkey to speak His words (Num 22:22-35).  Besides, the ministries we do are His works (2 Tim 1:9, Eph 2:10).

Therefore, O servant of God, do not let your ministry (as a spouse, parent, employer, employee, Church ministry leader or helper) get between you and the Lord Jesus Christ.  He is the Lord of all (Acts 10:36).  He MUST be first in your life.  When you tend to your relationship with Him first, He tends to everything else.
-3/3/2019

Heart Piercing

All of us, without exception, would be well served to let this little flick of the Sword of the Lord (Heb 4:12, Eph 6:17) pierce our hearts and lead us to Godly sorrow unto repentance (2 Cor 7:9-10):

“And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD.”  (Num 11:1a)

Complaining/murmuring is a sour and self-centered expression of unbelief in the promises of God.  Instead, our words are to be seasoned with grace, the salt that brings flavor (edification), healing (comfort), and preservation (exhortation) to our words (1 Cor 14:3).  In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (1 Thes 5:18).
- 2/24/2019

Most Difficult Lesson

By the power of His outstretched arm, the LORD delivered Israel out of cruel bondage in Egypt. When Moses led Israel to Mount Sinai, his father-in-law Jethro came to visit (Ex 18:1-7). Moses shared with Jethro the testimony of the LORD’s glorious deliverance (Ex 18:8). Jethro rejoiced, believed the testimony, confessed that the LORD is greater than all gods, and offered a burnt offering and sacrifices unto God (Ex 18:9-12). Jethro learned what seems to be mankind’s most difficult lesson – to believe the testimony of God and to know that He is the LORD.


The phrase “shall know that I am the LORD” appears 77 times in Scripture (63 times in Ezekiel alone). The LORD is primarily speaking to Israel (His people), but also speaks to the Egyptians (people of the world). The LORD will in fact be known, either by His love or by His wrath.
Every person must choose 1) to believe the testimony of God or not and 2) how they will know that He is the LORD.
- 2/17/2019

Unconditional

God’s love for us is described as unconditional. Passages like 1 John 4:7-8, Romans 5:1-11, and Romans 8:31-39 bless us with great comfort. Yet we must consider the evidence of God’s love for us – Jesus Christ crucified (1 John 4:9-10, John 3:16, Eph 2:13, Is 53:3-11).

Unconditional love does not mean that God loves us just the way we are and we need not change our sinful ways (Rom 6:1-2). Our sin separates us from God (Is 59:1-2, Rom 3:23, Rom 6:23a). The sinner must change, must confess (agree with God) and repent (go a different direction) to be forgiven and reconciled to God (2 Tim 2:24-26, John 12:24-25, 2 Cor 5:17-21, Rom 10:9-13).

The goodness (love) of God leads us to repentance (Rom 2:4) and produces Godly sorrow (2 Cor 7:9-11). In other words, the unconditional love of God goes hand-in-hand with the unconditional surrender of the sinner. The fitting response to God’s unconditional love is our unconditional surrender (Luke 6:46). A life that honors the Father and the Son walks with unconditional surrender in the unconditional love of God.
- 2/3/2019

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We followers of Jesus Christ are promised trials and tribulations (John 16:33, 1 Peter 1:6-7).  Currently, I have Trials 1 and 2 and 3, Circumstances 1 and 2, and Situations 1 and 2 and 3 that weigh very heavy on me.  Each of you have your own list.  (Note:  1 Cor 10:13)

The Word of God says, “Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”  (1 Peter 5:7)  There is very little we can carry.  Jesus does all the heavy lifting.  All we can do is carry…on.  Be encouraged and carry on!  Persevere; it is always too soon to quit (John 8:31-32, Acts 14:22, Col 1:23, 1 Peter 1:13, 1 Tim 4:16).
- 1/20/219