It’s Just a Little Thing

Our text is from 2nd Kings 5:13. And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean

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A man named Naaman had come down with Leprosy and was in need of being cured. He sent for the man of God in Samaria to come and heal him but the man of God told him to go and wash in the Jordon River seven times and he would be healed. Naaman became angry. He must have hoped for some kind of great fireworks show, some great event, or perhaps he could have washed in bigger and better rivers than the Jordon River but instead, a simple thing was advised.

After some convincing by his servants Naaman finally agreed and washed in the Jordon River as the man of God commanded. He was healed.

How often we get into messes just because we don’t follow some simple rules or principles. We lose peace and joy because we want to do things our way.

Why prolong the agony by going another way?

May God help you to do things his way.

 

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A Reason to Live

Our text today is from John 10:10.  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Many people in the hour of heartbreak or heartache just can’t find a reason to go on.

Nearby my house a young lady was killed in an automobile accident about 4 yrs ago and to this day her mom still comes to the place where she was killed to bring flowers and to dress up the area with pictures and crosses. It seems she has just given up on living for the future and chooses to remain in the past.

Even worse, some people just can’t find a reason to live.

Notice the illustration.  The man just can’t find a good reason to live.

I happen to know of a person just within a couple of weeks ago who took her own life because as far as she was concerned life was just too difficult for her.  People are so burdened down with troubles and cares they get to the place where they feel they just can’t handle it.

If you need a good reason to live go to the Holy Bible and there you will find plenty of reasons.                                                                                                                                                    1. Jesus died and paid for your sins so you could live. 1 Peter 2.
2. He left you His spirit so you would never be alone.  John 14.
3. He went to Heaven to prepare a place for you. John 14.
4. Jesus loves you so much that he gave all He had for you. John 3.
5. The Lord Jesus Christ left you His word so you would know how to live and love. John 20 and John 15.
6. He promised that He was coming again to take you home to Heaven. John 14.
7. Others are depending on you to be a guide and source of strength in their time of need. 2 Corinthians 1.
8. One day you will get a brand new body, live in a brand new home, where all things will be brand new. 1 Corinthians 15 and Revelation 21.

These are for starters.  There are plenty more, so you do have a reason to live.  As a matter of fact, you have more reasons to live than to die. It’s better to live for something than to die for nothing.

Next time you get down and out, read about what Jesus did for you and after that, consider thanking Him with your living service.                                                                                              You can’t serve Him when you’re in the graveyard.

After all He did for you what are you going to do for Him?

Service to Him is the best reason of all to live.

 

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Encouraging Words

Our text today will be from 1 Thessalonians 4:18.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

In our text the Apostle Paul has just described the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to call out his bride to meet him in the air. What a great event this will be. It will defy gravity, ideas, beliefs, thoughts, dreams, and imaginations.  It will be a reality one day and very soon.    It will be our rescue and it is the Christian’s hope.

Thank God for the return of Jesus. Without this hope we would all be in trouble because there is just no good news outside of our Lord’s return.                                                                  Man is out of control and getting worse.                                                                                            The world is falling apart and wobbling out of course politically, religiously, and socially. Things are on a downward trend and it seems that the bottomless pit is about ready to be opened up.

Praise God for the great promise of the return of Jesus Christ to this earth. We are not here to make this world a better place but to live for and serve our Lord Jesus Christ and to be ready to leave when he calls us up. Can’t wait!

This is what our text is about. Instead of focusing on the horrible events about to take place and they will take place, we are told to be comforting each other about the coming of the Lord Jesus to this earth because that is something that you can count on and it will happen. It will happen just as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow.                                            By the way, the sun will rise tomorrow regardless how bad it gets.

No one knows when the day of the Lord’s return will be, so we are to keep living for the Lord until that day. That is why he didn’t tell us the day of his return.

If we knew the day of his return we perhaps would not be so zealous in his service until a few weeks before the actual day.

So keep going for God. Perhaps it will be today.                                                                          Just keep watching for the Lord and don’t give up on him.                                                             He is more reliable then anyone or anything you know.

Who knows, we may be getting our final call soon.

Hope you have your ticket.

All aboard!

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The World’s Best Stain Remover

Our text will come from Isaiah 1:18. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

You may get stains on your furniture, clothes, curtains, or other surfaces that takes a powerful stain remover to get them out. Some takes a repeated application and some may require a lot of hard scrubbing.

This reminds me of the Blood of Christ.
You see, we all have sinned and therefore we have spiritual stains on our souls. Therefore it will take a special stain remover to remove those kinds of stains.
The blood of Christ can. It is the only thing that will remove those kinds of stains.
No amount of water baptisms.
No amount of self scrubbing will do.
No amount of manual labor will work.
No amount of religious cleansers will do.
And no combination of any of these will work.
But the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ will do the job once, finally, and forever.
It can remove the toughest stains.

The best thing about it for us is that it’s free.

If you have stains on your soul there is only one sin stain remover that will do the job, all others are a scam.

 

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In God we Trust

Our text for today will come from Psalm 40 verse 4.  Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust…

In a day and age where humanity is moving farther and farther from God it is harder and harder to find those that trust in the Lord.

So many put their trust in science, education, money, politics, and even religion as if either of these things will have the answer and deliverance to humanities’s problems.  Don’t waste your time considering them.  They will not be the deliverance nor the answer to the major problems of humanity.  Sickness, pain, sorrow, covetousness, disease, death, taxes, famine, and war are problems that need fixing and there is only one answer to all of these problems; the Lord Jesus Christ.  He is the God of our salvation.

In our text the Psalmist says that we are blessed if we trust in the Lord.  Why?  He can deliver us from our trials; the others cannot.

May God help us to trust in Jesus Christ.  Anything else is just a dream that may one day turn into a nightmare.

 

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Looking Ahead

Our text will come from Psalm 139:2. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

Our text declares that the Lord knows our thoughts and what we want to do and accomplish this next year and any year after that.  It doesn’t’ make any difference if we haven’t thought that far ahead yet. He has and he knows what you are going to be doing this New Year.

Now that the holidays are over, if you are like me you are looking ahead to the new year and where you want to be in the upcoming days.

I look toward spring. Others look toward vacation time or perhaps starting a new semester of schooling.

Whatever you may have in mind remember the Lord may return this year and with all the things that you want to do in the new year it would be a good idea to always keep the Lord in mind, after all, when he returns you want to be found in his will not your own.

Always try to keep in mind that whatever you do this year make it count for God. After all, when all is said and done only what’s done for the Lord will last.  The rest will be in the garbage bag.

May God be in the center of your new years’ plans.

 

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