Sunday, November 24, 2019

The Blessings of Gods People


Deuteronomy 33:2-3 King James Version (KJV)                                                   "And he said, The Lord came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them.  Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand: and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words."

It should bless us to know and
 realize that we are a blessed people!

Moses, speaking of God says:  
1-"Yea, He loved the people.  
2-"All His saints are in His hand." 
3-"They (the people, His saints) sit at His feet and receive His words."

#1 - It is a blessing to know...                                                                                                   that God has His people on His heart!  "Yea, He loved the people."   The are so many examples in the Bible that show to us the love that God has for His people.  Here are just a very few... The most familiar, memorized and quoted scripture verse of God's love would probably be John 3:16.  "For God so loved that world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” ... “But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.”     
1 John 4:19
"We love because he first loved us."

#2 - It is a blessing to know...                                                                       that God has His people in His hand!  When the storms of life rage, when the difficult and challenging trials come our way, when Satan rears his ugly head and tries to attack our lives, aren't you thankful that God has you in His hands?  Oh the feeling of love and security when God tightens His might hand!

#3 - It is a blessing to....                                                     sit at Jesus feet!  
"They sat at His feet and received His words."                              
***At the feet of Jesus is a place of revelation.                                                               Luke 10:38-42    "As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But 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!”   “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.”  ***At the feet of Jesus is also a place of worship.                                                           John 11:32 states that Mary fell at the feet of Jesus and worshipped Him. "Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died."                                                                                                                                   ***At the feet of Jesus we will also find a place of praise.                                                                There is a wonderful account in the scriptures of Luke 17:11-19 where Jesus healed 10 lepers.  "Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a] met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”  When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.  Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”  Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”                                                                                                                                     ***At the feet of Jesus is the perfect place of prayer.                                                                    In the Gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke is recorded the story of Jarius the synagogue ruler.   Mark 5:22  "And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet,"     

Closing thoughts.....there are times when God picks us up and holds us to His bosom.  (The bosom is the breast or chest area of the body. It is also poetically considered to be the place where our feelings reside)  (intimate)  Isaiah 40:11 says, "He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young." 

when the Red Seas and the River Jordans come,
 know that the beloved and the blessed 
of our Lord will dwell in safety....
between His shoulders, on His heart, 
in His hands and at His feet.   

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Jesus, The Light


Scripture:  (King James Version)
John 8:12
"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followers me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."

It is a well known fact that everything in this world depends on light. (It is not necessary I am sure, for me to labor the point with a number of proofs.)

Darkness and death go hand in hand.
When Jesus said "I am the Light of the world He was saying that everything and everybody were dependent upon Him.  Whether or not men comprehend this or acknowledge this is, it is true regardless.

As the Light of the world, Jesus Christ is indispensable!   Today as we read these words of The Master we will be convinced of their truth.

First of all, there is no sight without light.  
Without light we might as well be totally blind for we can not see.  As light shines in a dark place it reveals that which is hidden.
Spiritually speaking without Christ the natural man cannot see a thing.  Spiritual things just do not make sense to him.  His understanding is darkened.  He is alienated from God because of the blindness of his heart.  But, when man has Jesus, the Light of the world, his mind and heart are illuminated and he sees the truth.

There is no revelation without the light.
No physical revelation....
No intellectual revelation....
No moral revelation
and no spiritual revelation.
There is no revelation without Jesus!

So thankful for the Book of Revelation in our Bibles. 

Had it not been for Jesus, the Light of the world there would have been no revelation.  
No unveiling of things past, present or in the future.
He is the light yesterday, today and forever.  (Hebrews 13:8)
He is not only the Light of the world, He is the light of Glory.  Praise God, if you to to Heaven you will go to where the Lamb is the Light.

There is no creation without light.  
Before creation God said, "Let there be light and there was light. (Genesis 1:3)  

Everything that followed depended on the light.  There is no spiritual creation apart from Jesus.  But, "if any man be in Christ (the Light of the world) He becomes a new creation.  (2 Corinthians 5:17)

There is no life without light. 
There is no spiritual life without Jesus.  Our scripture John 8:12 says when we have Jesus we have the light of life.  In Him was life and the life was the light of men.

Do you remember the song that went like this....."I saw the light - I saw the light.  No more darkness no more night."
Glory to God I saw the light.  
How about you? 
 Have you seen the light?
Life comes with the Light.

There is no safety without light.  
Walking in the darkness is dangerous.  We have lights in our homes, lights on our roadways and lights on our vehicles.  What chaos there would be with no light!  There is no safety without Jesus.  Death, darkness and hell awaits the one who rejects Jesus, the Light of the world.

There is no growth without light.  
No physical growth and no spiritual growth.  
The Bible says in (Ephesians 5:14) "Wherefore He saith, awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give thee light."  
If we are to grow spiritually we must have His grace and His knowledge that comes from Him as the Light of the world.

There is no salvation without light. 
Jesus is telling us in John 8:12 that aside from Him and the light He provides, there is no such thing as salvation for the soul.  When He declared Himself as the light of the world He suggested a sharp contrast..  The opposite of light is darkness.

Without the Light of Jesus in your soul your soul is in darkness.
Without the Light of Heaven you will have the darkness of Hell.
Without the sight from the Savior you will have blindness from Satan.


Good news....
John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting life".