We're in a fight, but God's in it to win it with us. “Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall, I will arise,” says Micah 7:8.
The Christian will not be perfect, as sins of omission and commission dot the landscape of our lives. However, a believer will not remain in that state if truly with the Lord. The Spirit of God will rise within and overcome the devil by the blood of the Lamb and the word of testimony.
Let's believe that the Almighty can, will and is setting us back on our feet after a fall.
"Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you,” the Lord says in Isaiah 41:10. "Fear not" is one of the most common commands in the Bible.
God constantly tells us to take courage in him, avoid believing the report of the enemy, and look to him for life, health and strength. Staying away from the world's imaginations, ruses and discouragement is hardly easy as ungodly forces surround us.
However, recall what the prophet said to his quaking assistant: "Lord, open his eyes." When all seems lost, we must ask the Almighty to show us how he sees our situation. The answer we get is guaranteed to be the truth and stir faith.
Today marks 15 years since I was ordained to the Gospel ministry. "Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching," Paul urges in 2 Timothy 4:2.
God has given me many opportunities to preach, filling the pulpit in 17 different denominations and movements ranging from Congregational churches to Independent Baptist to Assemblies of God to African Methodist Episcopal. The congregations have been mainline, fundamental, evangelical, charismatic; I never turn down an invitation to expound on God's Word if I can do so freely.
I also love to take spiritual care of the Lord's people. Whether visiting shut-ins, following up with a visitor to my church, or leading a soul to Christ, I enjoy shepherding God's lambs. I am thankful that God has blessed me with the opportunity to help his people build relationships with him and each other.
While this decade and a half has been filled with "trials, toils and snares," as one hymn says, it's been worth it. There's nothing better than to serve the Lord and his people!
“I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the Word of God, … and they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years,” says Revelation 20:4. This is the apostle John's testimony of the saints savagely murdered for the true faith.
That we are seeing beheadings today by Muslim zealots is no accident. We are even witnessing America's alt-left – including radical feminists – becoming apologists for these anti-woman, anti-democratic, and anti-Christ elements.
We must listen to no one but the Lord and stand for him, and we will inherit all.
"Let's roll," in the modern heroic parlance. “Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed,” Joshua 1:9 implores. The Israelites are about to head into the Promised Land as Joshua takes leadership. He begins his book of the Bible by challenging his people to move in step with God and his Word.
The 12 tribes decades before had let fear keep them from doing the Lord's will, and I'm sure some were fainthearted at this juncture as well. However, God and Joshua got the Hebrew nation to cross the Jordan and possess the land, even if incompletely.
Let's not allow the enemy or our own trepidation block us from Jehovah's best for us; remember, he's called "Almighty" for a reason.
“Let all things be done decently and in order,” Paul directs in 1 Corinthians14:40. The Lord's church is an orderly one.
God is in planning and preparation, "studying to show ourselves approved," as the Word also says. That doesn't mean we can't depart from our agenda or schedule as the Spirit leads. We should, however, seek to give honor to whom it is due, observe laws and rules as much as possible, and live according to the Scripture.
This is a witness of sanity and stability to a world increasingly crazed and unsure. Another plus is that is we keep our heads while everyone around us is losing theirs, then we'll also have a distinct advantage even though we're outnumbered. Think of the Jews in Egypt during the plagues.
Those who are in heaven are unique as individuals, but also have elements in common in their spiritual experiences. "They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death," says Revelation 12:11.
This passage talks of how Satan, the accuser of the brethren, will be cast down and Christians ultimately will triumph. The verse contains three keys: salvation through Christ (the blood of the Lamb), proclaiming Jesus is Lord in word and deed (the testimony) and putting God ahead even of survival (not loving one's life to the death).
If we believers keep this trio strong, the enemy cannot defeat us. Let this encourage you today!
"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem" is the command of Psalm 122:6. We better get to it, for President Trump is now moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in time to open for the Jewish state's 70th anniversary on May 14, just 2 1/2 months from now.
The last chief executive, Barack Obama, showed himself an opponent of America's top Mideast ally by directing his U.N. ambassador to allow a censure of Israel to go through with a handful of days left in his administration. The cowardly move was to tie Trump's hands in foreign policy in a resolution calling for a return to pre-1967 war boundaries for the country, which has added to its territory only because Muslim neighbors keep attacking it unprovoked and lose so badly they give up land.
Obama's evil provided plenty of reason to finally move the embassy from Tel Aviv to the true Israeli capital, passed into law by Congress 23 years ago but deferred ever since. Trump has been a strong ally of the Jews and has more guts than any president in recent memory, one politician who does what he says.
This seems a prophetic push toward the Rapture and Tribulation. Stay tuned for more, and just as the Bible says, it's sure to come.
Anxious? Here's some good advice from God. “Do not worry about tomorrow. .... Sufficient is each day's own trouble,” Jesus says in Matthew 6:34.
So often, we worry about what will never happen. Situations also are constantly changing; thus, fretting is just wasting time that could be better spent praying about, researching or acting upon the problem.
Students say they need "trigger warnings" because something might just possibly upset them. What they truly require is a healthy dose of unpredictable reality experienced with the holy and all-powerful God.
Billy Graham, 99, this morning went to be with the Lord Jesus in heaven. "Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord," Christ says in Matthew 25:21. I'm sure that was God's greeting to the renowned evangelist today.
Graham, born on a farm near Charlotte, North Carolina, accepted Jesus in 1934 and started preaching shortly afterward. Never a local church pastor, he went literally to the ends of the earth to tell people of God and his love. He preached in person to 215 million in 185 countries, just a few short of the planet's total number of nations.
Though Graham was a Southern Baptist, he never pushed denominations but centered always upon the Lord in his messages. He reached out to mainline Christians, Pentecostals, and every other form of believer in Jesus, too.
His main regret was getting involved with politics; his closeness to Richard Nixon and that president's downfall led him to leave the civic limelight. However, Graham deserves a spotlight today for an 80-year ministry nothing short of incredible.
Today is Presidents' Day, born of trying to celebrate Lincoln and Washington's birthdays at once. American chief executives have varied in their religious beliefs and practices.
George W. Bush, a Methodist, found the Lord on a spiritual renewal weekend called Walk to Emmaus and never stopped, becoming one of the most out-front Christians in office. His successor, Barack Obama, United Church of Christ, did not profess to be born again but pledged himself to the social gospel of doing good works. Donald Trump, Presbyterian, has been strong in promoting religious freedom and opposing abortion and LGBT inroads.
"I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for ... all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence," Paul says in 1 Timothy 2:1-2. We need to petition God for our president, asking he would promote biblical policies and the freedom to express ourselves spiritually. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!
by the Rev. Kyle Huckins, Ph.D., our senior editor, marketer & minister, Copyright, All Rts. Res.
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