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HIS INVITATION

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Day 281

“Come to Me”
Matthew 11:28

Can you imagine eating a specially prepared meal and never again being hungry in your life? Or drinking a specially prepared glass of water and never again being thirsty in your life?

Yet, Christ’s invitation is more real than that, and more profound because it changes our very nature.

It matters not who we are, what we have been or what we have done. If we answer His call, ‘Come to Me,’ we will never hunger or thirst again in our life. We will be satisfied completely and our nature will rest in Him. All our seeking, restlessness, and anxiety will end. Peace will become our state of life.

What a glorious One is He who loved us so much that He suffered and died for us. Even in the midst of our rebellion we were not looking for Him, not interested in Him, and not able to love Him. Yet, He loved and died for us while we were still sinners. He prepared a way for us and said, ‘Come to Me . . .’ He loved us first. What manner of love is this that the God of the universe reaches down into the mire and lifts us up, cleans us off, and places His robe of righteousness around us?

“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.”       Revelation 22:17

JESUS, THE MAN

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Day 237

“But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law”
Galatians 4:4

Jesus was both God and Man. It was always part of God’s plan because the word says, “…at the appointed time God sent His Son.” He came from heaven to earth to live as man. It is an extraordinary revelation that God would send His Son to be man, live as a man and then permit him to die on a cross.

God could have executed His overall plan with a snap of His finger. He could have decreed it. He could make it happen anyway He wanted, but He did not. He chose to make Himself subservient by becoming one of us. He did this for a reason. He wanted to identify with us in our poverty and demonstrate His love. With the greatest love, kindness and compassion Jesus became the first man to obey perfectly the Father’s will. He pioneered the way for us by demonstrating that we could do the same in Him.

Jesus, as man, was intensely spiritual, completely natural and thoroughly practical. He experienced growth as we all do, living in a physical body, sleep, sorrow, hunger, weariness, and even experiencing our emotions. He was raised as all other children were and was trained by His father as a carpenter. This is our God and all of this was for you.

“Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, but being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:6-8

COMPLETE TRUST

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Day 213

“They have no wine”
“Do whatever He tells you”
John 2:1-11

The scene was a wedding feast, where customarily the best wine was put out first. An embarrassing situation developed when the wine ran out. Mary, the mother of Jesus, approached her son to resolve the problem.

“They have no wine,” she told Him, although her son is now an adult and has begun His public ministry. He is revealing His Father in His life and deeds. Did Mary understand that? We’re not sure, but she trusted Him and turned to Him for an answer to this problem. His first reply to her qualifies what He’s doing. Responding in respect, He immediately establishes that He now was governed by His Father’s eternal time schedule and everything is now according to His eternal decree. He was her Lord now, and she understood that.

Show Him our need, tell Him with trust, and He will provide.

“Do whatever He tells you,” she tells the servants. There is a total confidence in His provision to meet the need. An opportunity exists for the glory of the Lord to be revealed. What is this glory? It’s a revelation of the Father through Jesus. It is the revelation of love that meets a need for wine at a wedding feast. Six large jars were filled to the top with water. Jesus turned these to wine — not just wine, but the finest of wine. This sign now reveals Jesus in His glory, full of grace and truth. It’s Christ Himself, the Bridegroom, bestowing gifts, supplying abundantly in the physical realm, and more so in the spirit.

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”
Revelation 5:12

GOD IS LOVE

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Day 174

“God is love, and all who live in love
live in God, and God lives in them”
1 John 4:16

It’s God’s love that overcame and conquered us. He poured His love into our sinful hearts. He pursued us down the alleys of life and was there in our darkness and rebellion. It mattered not where we ran and hid. It mattered not how wicked and vile we had become. He was there. He would not let go.

God is a God of love. He wills nothing but good. He yearns and longs for those He has chosen. The love of God is unfathomable. We cannot grasp it. His love is all that is right and perfect and all that makes happy. He revealed His love to win our hearts through His Son Jesus Christ. And Jesus willingly stood the shame of the cross to gain us. This is the heart of our Father.

Christ’s love controls us. He has poured that love into us through His Holy Spirit. And He gave us this love to give to others. Imagine that! He has entrusted us with His love. His great wisdom is that we pour out that very love He has given us so others will increase. And we will increase as we give that love. His glory is then known by this love.

“Whatever we do, it is because
Christ’s love controls us”
2 Corinthians 5:14

GOD’S TOOL BOX

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Day 164

“Now you have every spiritual gift you need”
1 Corinthians 1:7

There are many different beliefs about God’s gifts, but one thing is sure – He has given us many gifts. These gifts are to equip us until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. God has given us everything we need to live our lives until His return.

Think of it this way; God’s gifts are a like a work person’s tool box. Whatever the person needs to execute their work, they only need to reach into the box and get the right tool. The right tool at the right time is always there for the skilled work person. There is more; the finished work is the testimony of the work person, not their tools. How we admire fine furniture, not the tools that made it.

God’s gifts should always give Him the glory. When Jesus used the gifts, He revealed the character and nature of the Father, bringing Him Glory. So, we too are to use His gifts as needed and bring Glory to the Father.

“That all nations might believe and obey Him –
to the only wise God be glory forever
through Jesus Christ! Amen.
Romans 16:26b-27

THE THREE TABERNACLES

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Day 135

“And look that thou make them after their pattern,
which was shewed thee in the mount”
Exodus 26:40

God gave Moses the blueprints to build a tabernacle. He cautioned him to build exactly according to the plan showed him. There was a good reason for this. The Tabernacle in the Wilderness was an exact representation of the heavenlies. There was an order to be followed to show the people how to approach and have fellowship with God.

Years later another tabernacle was built by David. This tabernacle, although resembling the first, was different. It offered more immediate access to the presence of God. And the praise in David’s tabernacle was always spontaneous and from the heart. It was a tabernacle that reflected the desire of the Lord to dwell with His people.

And then a third tabernacle came. Christ tabernacled among us and then gave us the Holy Spirit, who now dwells in us. We are a temple of the Holy Spirit. So, from a time when man could only approach the door of the tabernacle and offer a sacrifice to this day with full access to Him, God has fulfilled His desire to dwell in us – “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men” [Revelation 21:3]. John said he saw no temple, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple [21:22]. He has prepared a place for us so we can dwell with Him now.

“Glorify God in your body, and in your spirit”
1 Corinthians 6:20

HE IS EXALTED

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Day 131

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him,
and given Him a name which is above every name”
Philippians 2:9

Christ humbled Himself for us and because He did, The Father exalted Him. Jesus repeatedly told us that if we humble ourselves, we shall be exalted. He has gone before us as our Elder Brother and is the First among many to be exalted – bringing many sons to glory.

There is a difference in Christ’s exaltation. His exaltation is above everything. He was exalted in a glorious manner, and He, “took the book out of the right hand of Him that sat upon the throne” [Revelation 5:7]. God the Father gave Him the government and the plan for the history of the world and the church. He is now King of the church and He is the Alpha and Omega. Christ has completed His resurrection, ascension and coronation.

We too will be exalted and brought to glory. He controls the universe and rules over all things. It is He who declared that not one of us will be lost. We are in His hands, the One who has triumphed over all our enemies, even though we do not see it now. Everything will be brought into subjection to Him. Every knee will bow to Him. And there is a day we shall be at His side sharing in His ruling and kingdom.

“Lo, I am with you alway,
even unto the end of the world”
Matthew 28:20b

THE THRONE

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Day 127

“Behold, a throne”
Revelation 4:2

Our affairs rest in the hands of God. Not men, employers, government, or circumstances. God is sovereign and is in complete control. There is not one thing that happens in your life that is not permitted by God. You are His child and you belong to Him. If tribulation, trials, and travail enter your life, it is there by His permission. There is a purpose for everything in the life of a child of God.

A large segment of the Church today is suffering persecution throughout the world. From burning churches to the ground, severe beatings of brethren, imprisonment and torture, to the bold murdering of native pastors and missionaries, there are more martyrs today than in the early church. Much of the western world is insulated from these realities. But the realty is a suffering and persecuted church.

In the midst of personal and church fiery trials there stands a Throne for all to see. “God reigns; let the peoples tremble! He sits above the cherubim; let the earth be moved” [Psalm 99:1]. The Throne is the center of the universe. Almighty God rules from here. Nothing is excluded from His rule. He sits in the midst of the Holy of Holies ruling His kingdom. Look to the Throne for our God will prevail in all things and He is with us to the end.

“And the Lamb shall overcome them”
Revelation 17:14

DELIGHT IN THE LORD

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Day 124

“The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who hope in his steadfast love”
Psalm 147:11

God is the all-satisfying end of our longings. Our fulfillment is in Him and Him alone. For many though, it is they who are the center of being a Christian. It is what God does for and gives to them that have the focus. To be sure, we are thankful for our salvation and His gifts, but maturity brings us to a much greater fulfillment in Him.

The gospel is one of grace and it brings glory to God. When we recognize that we had nothing to do with our being His child, except to come home, and that God gave us His love freely and not because he was obliged or had to, we enter a new understanding of who He is and His great glory. He then becomes the center of the gospel, not us, and His glory is exalted on high.

“They love to make their boast only in the Lord [1 Corinthians 1:31]. This is to be our true state – to boast and take delight in the Lord. We love God for who He is and not what He does for us. This brings us a rest and whether we are in good health or sickness, joy or tribulation, we are steadfast in our delight in the Lord. God then becomes the beginning, middle and end of all that we do in life. He is our All in All.

“From him and through him and to him are all things;
to him be glory for ever and ever”

TO HIS GLORY

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Day 119

“Not to us O LORD, not to us but to your name
be the glory because of your love and faithfulness”
Psalm 115:1

Did you know that God’s great delight is to display and uphold His glory for our enjoyment? Read what He says to His people in the midst of their obstinacy; “For My name’s sake will I defer My anger, and for My praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off” [Isaiah 48:9]. These people were rebellious and not obeying God, yet He chose not to express His anger, but refine them so they will honor Him.

God will not give His glory to another. There can be no greater sin than for us to boast and believe we can accomplish things in our own strength. It is no different than a father in his home who is raising children. What if the children would never obey? What if they did everything on their own? What if they ruled the house? It would be to the parent’s shame. The rebellious children would rob the parent’s of their rightful place.

God has a righteous passion about His glory. He knows if we humble ourselves and lean upon Him, we will find delight in Him. By giving glory and honor to God, blessing Him for who He is and His love and faithfulness, we ourselves will be blessed. We will take delight in His glory.

“Bring my sons . . . whom I created for My glory”
Isaiah 43:6-7