“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
“Be ye therefore followers of God as dear children.” Ephesians 5:1
The Horizon of A Fresh Start
“And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write: for these words and true and faithful.” Revelation 21:5
Think about this: you are about to finish another year and step into a new one. It, by your estimation, may have been a great year. Or, it may have been one full of challenges and one that you would like to forget. Regardless of where you fit, you are on the horizon of a fresh start. There are new things in store: new victories, new challenges, new things to master, new things to experience and new glories to bring to God. I realize that our Scripture for today speaks of the New Heaven and the New Earth. However, in principle we must realize that we serve a Father Who desires freshness for His children (kainos, the Greek word used for new means fresh). We are the new creation; His mercies are new every morning; we are to put on the new man; we have been given a new commandment; so on and so forth. Glean from the past; learn from it. But afterward, fix your meditation on what is ahead-on the horizon-for the Father has so many new things for us to look forward to. Anticipate the goodness of God in this year that is on the horizon. Hallelujah!!!!!
Scripture reading: Philippians 3:13-17
Be Aware of The Tenses
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3
In this New Covenant there are some small, subtleties that we must remain conscious of because of the role that they play in the accuracy of our prayers and in our standing in faith and in our proficient receiving from the Father. We must renew our minds to the tenses in which certain things are written to us in the New Testament. The redemptive work of Christ is a finished work; nothing can be added to it neither can anything be taken away from it. That speaks volumes to us. It tells us that everything that we could ever want or desire that is good in this life has already been paid for and accomplished in the finished work of Christ. His resurrection from the dead declares that. Basically, that is telling us that we are not trying to be blessed, nor are we trying to get the Father to bless us. WE ARE ALREADY BLESSED! Our approach to receiving or appropriating our blessing is to approach the Father with thanksgiving in these areas of blessing. Not seeing and understanding little things like this become detrimental to the accuracy of our prayers and our receiving what the Bible says is ours. I want to challenge you today to become acutely aware of the past tense as seen with regard to our blessing and position in Christ in the New Testament. This slight adjustment in your focus will revolutionize your vital life in Christ.
Scripture reading: Ephesians 2:1-10
Praise Him All Day Long
“From the rising of sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.” Psalm 113:3
Saints, we have a living, loving Father Who is worthy of all praise and adoration because of Who He is and what He has done for us. Praise, worship and adoration of Him should be evident in our lives all day long. His name is to be praised from sunrise to sunset. You may not realize it, and yet, you may. The Hebrew word for “praised”, as used in this verse, is the word “halal.” Some of its meanings are to be clear, to shine, to boast, to be clamorously foolish, to make a show. So, all day long the Lord’s name is to be “halalled.” This is where “hallelujah” comes from. So, all day long we are to hallelujah the name of the Lord. We are to boast about His name, make a show be clamorously foolish, shine and just plain ol’ brag about the name of the Lord. Follow the Scriptures today. If you do, you won’t have time to let life get you down. The name of the Lord will swell up in your circumstances.
Scripture reading: Psalm 150
Little Things Lead To Big Things
“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” Luke 16:10
In the kingdom of God, it is the little things that carry so much weight. Jesus tells us in Mark the fourth chapter that the whole kingdom of God is likened to a seed being sown in the ground. This is why it is important for us to pay attention to the Holy Spirit and obey Him in the “little things.” If we will read the Bible closely with this in mind, it is amazing what we find. All throughout we see God attempting to prove the obedience of His people in the small things. Why is that? According to the principle that we read in Luke 16:10 this becomes the basis by which He is able to commit to us bigger things. A classic illustration of this is Israel after they left Egypt. As they began their journey, the Lord gave them some simple instructions regarding the food He prepared for them and how they were to gather it. They failed miserably as they did with many other things that were set before them. As a result, there was a generation of people that could not step into the Promised Land. Folks, we really need to hone in on listening to the Holy Spirit and the simple instructions from the Word. If we desire to be entrusted with more from our Father, then we need to start by being diligent about the “little things” that He sets before us.
Scripture reading: Exodus 16:1-30
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, to day, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
In this age where people, trends and life situations are shifting and unstable, there is one person that you and I can count on to be constant and unchanging: Jesus Christ. He has never changed and He never will. His stability is meant to be a blessing to us. It assures us that He is reliable, without partiality, consistent in His character and the way that He deals with us. Every day that we arise we can know that His mercy towards us is new. Count Him as faithful and trustworthy, for He is. Rely upon Him and His Name today, for He will never fail you!
Scripture reading: Malachi 3:6
Play By The Rules
“No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.” 2 Timothy 2:4-7
Do you realize that there truly are rewards and blessing for labor and diligence in the kingdom of God? Yes, there are! Some of us have gotten our thought patterns crossed up and thought that because of grace that we don’t have to work at things. That is only true in a sense. We cannot earn the blessing of God upon our lives; that has already been accomplished by the finished work of Christ. However, earning and appropriating are two different things. There are certain principles that have been set up and established, long before you and I ever came along and in order for us to reap certain benefits and rewards, there are principles that we have to play by. Diligence is one of those principles. Notice in this Scripture that the Holy Spirit uses the soldier, the athlete and the farmer as illustrations to get His point across. These are three types of people that have to play by certain rules in order to reap the reward associated with their position. They must be dedicated, focused and diligent in order to reap the rewards. I would, by the Holy Spirit, challenge you today, just as Paul did, to look at these three examples and meditate on what it takes for these three types of people to receive the fruit of their labor. And just as Paul said, “Consider what I say and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.” The Holy Spirit will reveal to you how you are to receive the best in your life.
Scripture reading: 2 Timothy 2:1-7; Hebrews 6:10-12