Who would be there when it all goes away?

precIltImagine if you were sitting in your most comfortable chair in your house, surrounded by loved ones and time suddenly sped up around you and years went by like seconds.
You and your chair stayed in place while around you in a blur you saw things change.  In less than a minute your loved ones where gone, your pets gone.  Soon in a few minutes the house itself went away in a crumbling wave.

When this all stopped you were left in an empty field with the rubble of your life now ancient ruins from a long vanished civilization.

Would you have anything worth living for?

If you have Christ, then his love will never change and he will not ever leave or forsake you.  Even if all things and all people forsake you, he will remain by your side.

Here are some Bible verses to consider:

Psalms 37:28 (NKJV) 28 For the LORD loves justice, And does not forsake His saints; They are preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.

Matthew 28:20 (NKJV) 20 “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV) 5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Hot on your Heels

precWltWhat’s coming up fast chasing you? Monsters? Your past failures? Bill collectors? Family members?

Well, if you’re in Christ, the Word of God makes it clear something very Good is coming up fast behind you.

Isaiah 51:11 Those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. (NIV)

Psalm 23:6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (NIV)

Our role in the salvation of our loved ones

I’m sure you have loved ones, perhaps a family member, who you want to come to the Lord.  Here’s a quick two minute audio message on some importent things to remember about God’s mercy, his salvation and our role in prayer and forgiveness.

 

Our Important Role as Intercessor in Salvation (mp3)

Willful Wanderer- Come Home!

Do you have a prodigal?  Learn about the pattern of the prodigal as described in the word of God from pastor James MacDonald:

Does it make sense to you? Who gets up and walks away from their home, their family, and everything that’s familiar? Who puts everyone who protects and provides for them in the rear view mirror? A prodigal does. Don’t try to figure it out—it doesn’t make sense. Prodigals are not just young people; they can be any age. A prodigal may not leave their parents—they could leave their spouse or their extended family. A prodigal can physically take off or they can just emotionally check out. Hardly a family around escapes the heartbreak of loving a prodigal. If you’re waiting for a prodigal, take heart. You’re not alone and your struggle is not unique. Pastor James MacDonald will pour encouragement in you to keep praying. If you are a prodigal—what’s it gonna take for you to come to the end of yourself? Turn your stubborn heart back to God and come home. Someone is waiting for you.

Willful Wanderer–Come Home! (Audio)

Breaking the illusions we have of others

We have to trust people everyday.  For example, we trust that airline pilots, bus drivers and other auto drivers in traffic will do the right thing.   Beyond this more temporary trust, do we really trust people to never make mistakes or disappoint us?

Our unrealistic expectations – The truth is, many of us have built up unrealistic expectations of people.  When we first meet someone, there is that new excitement of a relationship and we expect him or her to live up to the imagined view we have of them. People, including us, cannot live up to high expectations.  They may feel the crushing pressure we put on them to live up to our illusions.  Also, over time, people inevitably do things that hurt us and we experience the deep pangs of disappointment.

God’s realistic expectations – We know from the word of God that all people, including ourselves, are broken, fallible creatures capable of sin and hurting others.

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? Jeremiah 17:9

Does that mean we should become cynical and bitter towards people?  Not at all.  Christ gave us the model:

Christ understood people, so he did not entrust himself them. But he Loved them.  In John 2:24, as Christ looked over the multitude of people in Jerusalem, it says “But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men.”  What does this mean?   Jesus knew the fickle and sinful hearts of people, so his expectation was realistic.  Jesus decided ahead of time not to have illusion of people.  Yet Jesus loved people so much that he died and suffered beyond what we can ever know to save them.   He was never cynical; he trusted his father God.

Only God can meet your expectations.  Have people let you down?   Then trust the only one who will never let you down – God through Jesus.   Focus on God.  Be grateful and let the Lord fill you with his love and forgiveness.

See  James MacDonald – When it’s hard to trust

 


Mother’s Day Testimonies

Rejoice Marriage Ministries published some touching testimonies from women and men who are trusting Christ to heal their marriages.   http://rejoiceministries.org/mothersday.php

 

In Christ There’s a New Person Coming Out in Them and You

The Lord is powerful enough to save those who are lost.  He is sufficient to bring our unsaved family members to Christ!

Hbr 7:25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

Today I was reminded that the improvement and softening we see from time to time when the Lord is working on a family member who does not yet know Jesus.  I firmly believe that if we lift them up to the Lord they will come to salvation. I don’t know when this will happen, but it will happen on this earth before they pass.  We must know salvation is a decision to turn to Christ made by them in a moment, but the months and years before this happens the Lord is beginning in them to grow a new man or woman who is waiting to come out. This is what we see when when we see momentary warmth, and this is why there is such a contrast!  We say, “how can this person be so nice one moment and then just a short time later be so cold and heartless, determined to separate?”  We say “It’s like there are two different people in them.”

Rom 5:10 For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!

Well beloved, yes there are two different people in your prodigal, just as there are two different people living in you! Your old person is the one Christ has put to death on the cross.  While we are on this earth the old nature full of anger, wrath, and selfishness is what Christ is doing away with, and we deal with through Christ’s Grace and Forgiveness.   The new person is that which Christ begins raising up in you, sometimes starts to grow long before you come to Christ. If you have accepted Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit this person is very different than the old you. and if you have this people will remark how you’ve changed. Well, you will see this in your prodigal spouse come out – so different than the old.  Take heart!  Even though their old nature comes back, its days are numbered.  As we said in the beginning, Christ is powerful enough to save and grow a  new person inside of them and you too! If you don’t see it in your prodigal yet, keep praying and you will!

Isa 43:19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

Waiting for Salvation of a Loved One?

Are you waiting and praying for a loved one, perhaps your prodigal spouse, to come to saving knowledge of Christ?

Here is something from my journal that may be of help:

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Tonight, the Lord really spoke to me, and I got a glimpse of the joy in heaven that is occurring already in advance.  When my spouse comes to know the Lord there will be a great celebration of heaven.

The Lord showed me this verse:

Luke 15

4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

Last week he had shown me how he calls my spouse via this verse. which jives with the reference above:

Mark 5

38 And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly.

39 And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.

40 And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.

41 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.

42 And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.

43 And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat.

(Talitha cumi, Aramaic, “damsel, arise”; Christ’s words to Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:41). From talah “a lamb.”)