Sleepless Nights

Our text tonight is from Luke 6:12.                                                                                                And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

sleepless nightsAt one time or another we all have sleepless nights.  Whether it is from worry, pain, medication, allergies, sickness, heartbreak, or heartache, we will have a sleepless night.  When we have those kinds of nights it would do us good to remember our text.  Jesus on several occasions went out to pray at night and sometimes all night.

 

Some believe if you can’t sleep, rather than toss and turn all night get up and do something.  There is plenty one can do.

Write letters or a card to someone that would be encouraged.  This is something I do often.  I have written many devotions in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep.  As a matter of fact, this one is being done in the middle of the night. 2 AM.

We can read the Bible, or perhaps spend some time in prayer. Many times then, the devil will see to it you will get sleepy.  Many people will appreciate you praying for them and there is always someone to pray for.  And if you can’t think of anybody, pray for me.

The short of it is, just like our Lord, he put the sleepless night to work for Him.  Prayer is a good way to use our sleepless nights. You may find that in the middle of the night the best quality of prayer takes place. You don’t have to worry about the phone ringing or being disturbed by others.

I understand… there are times when you are sick or in pain it is hard even to pray.  Been there, done that.  But the Lord understands this also.  In any event, remember the Lord is there and He never sleeps and He is willing to listen to you even if everyone else is asleep.

Put your sleepless nights to work.

 

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Things We Take For Granted

Our text comes from 2nd Corinthians 1:21-22.                                                                              Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;                    1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

things we take for granted

 

 

 

 

As Americans we take so much for granted, then when it’s gone we miss them.

  1. Our Parents.  You only have 2 real ones.
  2. Our other family members.  They won’t be around forever.
  3. A good church to go to.  (Bible believing and preaching)  They are few and far between.
  4. Our Bibles and the freedom to read them.   It is banned in some countries and very rare in others.  Here in America; if we need a new one we can just go down to the bookstore and get one.
  5. Our health.  If you have your health, you are rich for even rich folks have health issues that they would give all they have to cure themselves or their loved ones.
  6. Lungs that perform right. Many people can’t get a good breath of air for medical reasons.  I know because I still have periods of shortness of breath.  It is very unpleasant.
  7. A good heart.  Some have hearts that are weak, diseased, and have malfunctions.  Without your heart you are dead.
  8. Good knees.  Many can hardly walk and are in pain because of bad knees.
  9. Good eyes.  Lose them and then you will see their value.
  10. Normal bowel movements.  Some can’t go like the rest of us.  They use bags or have other difficulties.
  11. Good ears.  You miss a lot if you don’t have good hearing.
  12. Hands.  Try living without them.
  13. Feet.  Try going somewhere without them.
  14. Water out of the tap that is not contaminated.  Some folks in some countries have to boil the water that they do get.   Folks in some countries have an hour in the morning where they have a pump to get the water to their village and then it might not come on due to the next thing on our list.
  15. Electricity.  Try cooking with out it.  Forget your computers and phones.  No TVs and no movies.  No clean water.  No lights.
  16. Bible promises.  Just like our text says.   If we are saved we are sealed and justified, adopted, sanctified. predestined, redeemed, forgiven, placed in Christ, seated with Him in heavenly places, and when we die we will be with Jesus Christ physically and geographically.  We have the promise that Jesus will come back one day.  GLORY!
  17. We take our salvation for granted.  Most are not saved and they have a hope so religion.  We have the Lord with us and in us.  That’s not the case with unsaved people.   The wrath of God is on them constantly.  (Read John 3:36)
  18. And finally, we take our bodies and life for granted.  Our bodies don’t last forever and we won’t live forever I don’t care how much you may workout, eat healthy, and live a healthy life style.  You are still going to die.
  19. Last but not least we take our eternal home for granted.  For those of us that are saved we are going to Heaven.  That’s not true for the unsaved.  They go to a lake of fire forever and they will never get out.  Some of them may be your children, parents, kinfolks, friends including coworkers and teammates.

May God help you to give thanks for the things you take for granted.

 

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Jesus Knows the Way Through the Wilderness

Our text is from Exodus 40:34-38.

rainbow-mountain-wilderness36 And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys:                                                                                                                                         37 But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up.

38 For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.

When the children of Israel traveled thru the wilderness they didn’t just take off and start wondering thru the wilderness. The Lord led the way. He knew the rest areas where they were to renew their strength. When they were refreshed, they moved on. In Numbers 33, a map of their journeys is given. They didn’t know where to stop and when to start and where the next rest area was, so they let God lead the way because he knew the best route for them to take. A cloud would lead them by day and a fire by night. He knew all the places to avoid and all the places to watch out for. He knew the way and they just followed. They trusted God to get them to the Promised Land, (Their destination).
Friend, God wants to lead you to your destination and he wants you to trust him. You may not know which direction to take at times and you may not know what turn to take but let God lead and you just follow. He knows the way thru the wilderness to the Promised Land.
I read of a story of a little girl that wondered off the path when she was walking home from school and got lost. She being scared, began to cry and a police officer noticed her crying and said, “Little girl, are you lost”? “Yes,” she replied. The officer asked her if she knew her address. She didn’t. Then she said, “Do you know where the church is that has the big cross on it? “Yes,” replied the officer. She said, “If you can show me the cross, I can find the way home.”
What a real lesson to us. If we follow Jesus, we will get home because the way of the cross leads home.

Luke 5:27 And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me.

 

 

 

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What Have You Got To Offer?

Our text comes from John chapter 6 verse 9.    There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?

Blessed foodIn John 6 a small lad had a small lunch of 5 barley loaves and 2 small fishes. He offered his lunch to Jesus and with that Jesus could feed the 5000.  It was truly a small lunch but he offered all that he had.  He offered all that he had willingly and from the heart.  He offered willingly because he loved the Lord. You have to admit, this is kind of a rare breed of a boy.  How many little boys do you know would give his lunch away.  This is not only sharing but a sacrifice because his lunch was all he had to eat.  Most youngsters are not taught sharing or sacrifice.  It’s all about me, me, me, me.  In America that’s the way most children are brought up, unfortunatly.

In your Christian walk you have something the Lord can use.  I don’t know what it is.  You may not know at this time yourself.  But with prayer and a willingness to serve the Lord you will find what you have that the Lord can use.  The song says, “Little is much when God is in it.”  It might be singing, teaching, building, electrical work, plumbing, painting,  working with people, cleaning, handling money, mechanics, or a simple thing like folding tracts.  Praying is a thing that is needed more than anything else because without it nothing will be accomplished.  Anyone can pray even if your working days are over.

So this question I leave with you.

What have you got to offer?

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The Phone is Ringing

Our text will come from 1st Thessalonians 5:24.                                                                     Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

the phone is ringing

 

Our text is a simple one. God does the calling and if you answer the calling God will see to it that you will be enabled to do the job he wants you to do. He will get you through, that is you will get to the finish line that God wants for you.

Age makes no difference. Moses was 80 when he went into the ministry. And a young lad was used to feed well over 5000 in John 6. (This event was recorded in all 4 Gospels.)

Sex makes no difference. The Lord Jesus Christ said that a certain woman would be remembered for what she did for him just hours before his death. (The anointing for his burial. Matthew 26:13.) The Lord used men to pen the words of God.

Race makes no difference. God can use anyone that will avail himself to him. He used Jews to produce the Saviour of the world and he used Gentiles to carry to gospel to the far reaches of the world.  He has a job for any and everyone. Are you making yourself available to the Lord? God isn’t the problem; it’s us that have a hard time surrendering to God for his service.

Status makes no difference. The Lord can use rich men like Abraham and Job or he can use the blind, lame, beggars, and sinners to preach the gospel. (Read John 9, Luke 16, and John 4)

Location makes no difference. Whether you are in the city or the country, there is a job for you to do. God uses the small church pastors to do a job that seems to be small and insignificant just as he uses the pastors of large churches in big cities. The folks in remote areas need to hear about the Lord too!

You are here for a reason. Find out what the reason is and do it. There is something you can do for the Lord.  God is calling you to do a job.  Are you answering?

May God help you to answer his call. He may not call you again.                                        Hope your line is not busy.

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Rags of Sinners

Our text will come from Isaiah 64:6. But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags…

rags of sinnersIt’s in our nature to want to appear better than we are. That’s why we want to pass the blame on to someone else. If you watch many court shows you will see that it’s always some one else’s fault. No one wants to admit it’s their fault.
In the Bible one must admit guilt and that he is at fault. He must see he has the problem and that he is the sinner, not someone else’s fault.
To become a Christian one must see that the best he can do is not good enough. He needs something more, but human nature being what it is there are always little things we come up with to try to gain merit with God. Our little ‘do good things’, our “righteousnesses.” In our text they are called rags.
Here is a small list of our rags.
1. The rag of charities. We think giving holds some merit in God’s eyes. What can you give to the Creator of the universe?
2. The rag of going to church. That is an easy thing to do. A lot of bad people do that.
3. The rag of education. We think because we are smart that will help us get to Heaven. The devil is a lot smarter than you.
4. The rag of material things. We think because we have a lot of things we must be right with God. There are drug lords that are murderers that have a lot more than you do.
5. The rag of being a so called ‘good person’. In the Bible Jesus Christ said there was none good but God. In the book of Romans, chapter 3 you are told that there is none that does good. (Read verse 10-12)
As you can see we all have many rags in the box that we can pull out to try to impress God but keep in mind; they are rags.

May God help you to trust in His righteousness not your filthy rags.

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