February 07, 2019
“And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’“Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour. (Matthew 25:10-13)
I was overwhelmed this morning with these five words in Matthew 25: "and the door was shut." It reminded me of God shutting the door on Noah's ark (which is a picture of our salvation) and no one could enter. Their opportunity forever ended. A horrifying prospect.
It will be that way for millions. They will be casually going on with their lives, ignoring God, and then the end will come and they will not be ready.
It is our job to warn those who do not know Christ of this soon-coming end. To proclaim from the housetops that this day is coming and that there is a way to come to know God and be known by God through Jesus Christ.
If we lived with this reality, it would change our witness and urgency and prayer. I wonder who we could tell today?
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February 26, 2020
February 24, 2020
We have our golden calves. Power, pleasure, materialism are three big ones. We bow before them, doing anything to get them. They become idols that we worship. Stone gods that we bow before. And God has the same reaction.
When will we learn? There is ONE GOD! There is only one who can deliver us. Only one from whom every good and perfect gift originates. One Creator of all that is, including the very cells of our bodies. One God we should look to and one God we should worship and serve.
February 22, 2020
Does God have a task for you to do? Most assuredly He does. Then He will put the calling, empowering, and skill necessary to accomplish His work in and through you. This sufficiency is true for the smallest, daily tasks and the greatest endeavors. You need not fear. Look to Him and all the sufficiency you need will be provided. You will be able to say with Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
In this way, God’s miraculous work gets done and all the glory goes entirely to the One who equipped you for the task.