Give Up

Our text is from Nehemiah 6:9.  For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.

The picture shows a man just about to give up on the race and another man trying to encourage his teammate to get up and keep going on.

Nehemiah faced the same kind of situation.  After 70 years of captivity the king of Babylon gave him permission to go back and build the city of Jerusalem.  But as would be the case, there were men that stood by to discourage and hinder Nehemiah and his co-workers so they would give up and stop.  But Nehemiah had to rely on the Lord to strengthen his hands and with that, the work continued and was finished.

If you set out to do something good for God, don’t expect it to be without opposition.  The devil will try to get you to give up.  Friends and family will try to get you to give up, and perhaps even your health will try to get you to give up.

Just as the man in the picture is being encouraged to get up and keep going, God wants you to keep going for Him.  You see, He didn’t give up for you when He went to the cross.  He finished the job He was sent to do.  To pay for your sins.                                                                                                                                      Remember, someone else maybe watching you to see if you will give up or get up, and keep going.  Rely on the Lord to strengthen your hands and don’t give up.

I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.  Psalm 71:16.

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Obsolete

Our verse for today is from Revelation 21:4.                                                                               And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

What a blessed verse this is!  I use this verse when I sign sympathy cards.  It speaks of a time when many things as you and I know them will no longer exist and will no longer have a meaning in the ‘dictionary of Heaven’.         Won’t it be great to see next to the words,

“pain”– Obsolete, archaic, no longer in use.

“suffering”– Obsolete, archaic, no longer in use.

“broken hearts”– Obsolete, archaic, no longer in use.

“sadness”– Obsolete, archaic, no longer in use.

“crying”– Obsolete, archaic, no longer in use.

“problems”– Obsolete, archaic, no longer in use.

“trouble”– Obsolete, archaic, no longer in use.

“war”– Obsolete, archaic, no longer in use.

“famine”– Obsolete, archaic, no longer in use.

“disease”– Obsolete, archaic, no longer in use.

“darkness”– Obsolete, archaic, no longer in use.

“hospitals”– Obsolete, archaic, no longer in use.

“taxes”– Obsolete, archaic, no longer in use.

“bills”– Obsolete, archaic, no longer in use.

“doctors”– Obsolete, archaic, no longer in use.

“death”– Obsolete, archaic, no longer in use.

“funeral homes”– Obsolete, archaic, no longer in use.

“cemeteries”– Obsolete, archaic, no longer in use.

“sin”– Obsolete, archaic, no longer in use.

 Praise God!      Make sure you‘re going to this place.

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A Little Too Short

Our text will come from Romans 3:23.  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

None of us can hit the mark of perfection because none of us are perfect.  None of us can be sinless because we are all sinners, according to our text.

So we will always come up too short for God to accept anything that we do to try to gain favor with God or gain entrance into Heaven.

We are stopped before we start.  Even if you think that you are a good person, or you really are a good person, when it comes to good works you are still a little too short where God is concerned and whether you are a little short or way short the result is the same.  A loser, where Heaven is concerned.   So the solution is to trust in someone that is sinless and that is perfect, the Lord Jesus Christ.

If we try anything else we will come up a little too short.

Finally, forget about religion.  If you try that, it will only end you up in a lake of fire begging for mercy.  Not even close!

May God help you to trust in Jesus, and then you won’t come up way too short.

 

 

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Homesick

Our text today is from Hebrews 11:8-10.

11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

11:9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Abraham, a great servant of the Lord, was promised, a new country and a new city in which he would receive an inheritance.  God told him to sojourn into a strange land that he knew not.  So, by faith he sojourned, not knowing where he went but the Bible makes it clear from our text that he looked for a city, whose builder was God.  No doubt he had seen many undesirable things in his past which caused him to want something better.  A place that he could call home, where there would be peace because it would be built by the Prince of Peace.  He never got to see this place during his lifetime but no doubt he longed for such a wonderful place. A place where God would govern and where righteousness would prevail.  He no doubt at times would get homesick for this city.

A few years ago while on a fishing trip I had a heart attack.  After a couple of days in the hospital I had lost my desire to continue fishing and just wanted to go home where I felt I would feel better, would heal faster, would be around my family, and would have the support of my family and church family.  Fishing just didn’t seem quite so important and it went to the bottom of my list.  Other things moved to the top of my list.  But the point is, I was homesick for home.

Friend, if you’ve been saved, then you too have a home above.  In the Bible it is called Heaven.  Knowing how it will be run, and who will govern it ought to make you homesick for this place.  It will be your eternal home and will never be corrupted, defiled, or dirty.  Imagine a city that will be clean, pure, righteous, fresh, new, beautiful, and sinless.  Oh how that should make you homesick for Heaven.

Dear Christian, one day, perhaps soon, you will see with your eyes your wonderful new home. With all the trouble in the world today I’m homesick for a home whose builder and maker is God.

What about you?

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Victory in Jesus

Our text will come from 1st Corinthians 15:57.                                                                                But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

i got you coveredThe Christian life is likened to many things in the Bible.  A journey, a plant that grows, a child that grows  up to maturity, plowing and sowing, a ship that is headed for port, and of course a war or battle.

Our text for today implies that we are in a spiritual war and the victory is in Jesus Christ and though many times we may fight and win some battles there will be times that we will lose some battles.  You may try hard to fight the good fight of faith but try as you will there will be times that you will get defeated and that is because you messed up somewhere along the way.  Either you didn’t ask for God’s help and defense or you didn’t spend enough time in training or perhaps you just disobeyed orders.  So we mess up.  Now what do you do?

  1. Confess your sins and don’t try to hide them. He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. Proverbs 28:13.  After king David messed up with Bathsheba he made this statement.  Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight:  Psalm 51:4. That’s where we make our mistake.  We try to hid our sin and that doesn’t work.  We will feel even worse.  I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid…  Psalm 32:5.

2. If your way is not working then make some changes to your plan of attack.  There will be times that you will need to let Jesus do the fighting.  You need to recognize that you can’t handle the enemy all by yourself.   But…God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: Romans 8:3.  See, Jesus can defeat the enemy that we can’t.

3. You may be knocked down but don’t stay down.  Fight a good fight. (See 2nd Timothy 4:7)  Get up and keep fighting for Jesus.

4. Put the past in the past and press onward.  Paul said this.  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 3:13-14.

The good news is though we may lose some battles along the way the final victory is won by Jesus Christ.  Follow his orders and keep on going for Jesus.

Regardless what we do and how we do it…we win.

The ole song Victory in Jesus goes:

I heard an old, old story,
How a Savior came from glory,
How He gave His life on Calvary
To save a wretch like me;
I heard about His groaning,
Of His precious blood’s atoning,
Then I repented of my sins
And won the victory.

Chorus
O victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him
And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory,
Beneath the cleansing flood.

 

 

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Always There

My text is from Psalm 139:7.  Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 139:8. If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 139:9. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 139:10. Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

What a great comfort this passage is.  Wherever we go, God is always there. It gives great comfort to know that we are never alone.

Right before Jesus ascended back to heaven, he told his disciples that he would always be with them. Great to know when in this life, it is hard to find a true blue friend that will always be there when you need them.

I suppose the greatest example of this is my dad and mom.  I’ve had some bumps in the road of life and experienced some storms also, and they were always there for me and even now, up in years, they do what they can and they are in my corner.  A great comfort.

What a great God we have.  He knows when we are going thru storms and he promised he would always be there for us even in the face of death, he said he would be there with us.

King David was convinced of this when he said in Psalm 23:4.                                                 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.                                                                       Let us give thanks for his eternal presence.

HE IS ALWAYS THERE.

 

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