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A Precious Treasure 1.17.21
I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.
What a gift the Lord has given us! The Holy Spirit is our advocate, praying for us and through us. If we listen, He will guide us into what is true. He is our source of peace and our guarantee of an inheritance that is ours only by God's grace. The Spirit is a gift from God only to those who embrace Him.
Because we have the Holy Spirit in us, the Bible comes to life, we can know which path to take, we have insight when talking with others, and God gives us the words we need. Because of the Holy Spirit, we know peace even in chaos, joy, and contentment even in a wildly materialistic world. God equips us to serve Him in ways we could not have served before. God's Spirit will guide us to a more Christlike character.
We have trouble hearing the whispers of God the Holy Spirit when are surrounded by noise and activity. We need the quiet to fully benefit from God within us. We must find time for quiet reflection on His Word and time to simply listen. All we need God has given us. Be still and know that He is God!
- Here is the livestream link for tomorrow, January 17th, 2021Five Thousand's A Crowd - John 6:1-21This is the live stream of the 8:00 service on January 17th, 2021 at the Union Church of La Harpe. Preaching is Rev. Rick Goettsche. For more information abo...www.youtube.com
Arrogance Abolished 1.16.21
“Stop acting so proud and haughty!
Don’t speak with such arrogance!
For the Lord is a God who knows what you have done;
he will judge your actions.
(1 Samuel 2:3).
One of the criticisms of Christians is "they think they are better than everyone else." (It is not just Christians, but this is where my thoughts are directed.)
Arrogant Christians do not understand the gospel. Hannah's words remind us of an important truth: we are not saved because we are good; we are saved because He is gracious and loving. God knows our sin. In fact, it was an awareness of our own sin that should have led us to Christ in the first place.
If you are like me, the more you study the Scriptures, the more you realize how deep that stain of sin goes. And that realization makes the grace of God stand out with greater brilliance.
A believer who understands the gospel should be the most humble and grateful person around. We have nothing to be arrogant about! We should spend our lives asking, "Why have you been so gracious to me, O Lord!" If we are going to boast, it should be about the Love and Mercy of our great God!
Thanks be to God!
The Waiting Room 1.15.21
Two full years later, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing on the bank of the Nile River. (Genesis 41:1).
This is from the story of Joseph. He was sold by his brothers, accused of a crime he didn't commit, and when some prisoners had dreams, he sought God for an interpretation. He asked Pharoah's cupbearer to remember him to Pharoah but he forgot about him for two years!
It would have been easy for Joseph to get discouraged and think God had forgotten Him. That is not uncommon when we are in the "waiting room." However, God had not forgotten Joseph. He was actually setting the pieces in place for a restoration Joseph could not have anticipated. He was not only released from prison but installed as the number 2 man in all of Egypt. He became the agent for saving his entire family in the time of famine.
Here's the point: you may be in the waiting room right now. The temptation is to get discouraged or try to force things. However, learn from Joseph. Keep being faithful and do what is right. Wait on the Lord! He knows what He is doing. Wait. Watch. God will surprise you with what He is doing.
Godly Prayer 1.14.21
“My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
I've read this prayer of Jesus hundreds of times. You likely have also. It seems to me that the difference between our prayers and the prayers of Jesus is the last sentence: "I want your will to be done, not mine."
If I'm honest, most of my praying is trying to get God to bless what I want to happen. I am focused on my will, not His. And this is the reason prayer so often falls flat. We think our plan is better than His. Of course, we are wrong.
Today, remind yourself to seek His will. If that means difficulty, it must be for a good purpose. If it means delay, so be it. If it brings blessing, may I use it to bring Him glory. I want to learn what He is teaching me. My job is not to gain glory for myself . . . it is to bring glory and honor to Him.
The prayer of Jesus was built on the correct foundation. May God help us to follow in His footsteps.
Perspective 1.13.21“I, yes I, am the one who comforts you.
So why are you afraid of mere humans,
who wither like the grass and disappear?
Yet you have forgotten the Lord, your Creator,
the one who stretched out the sky like a canopy
and laid the foundations of the earth.
These are great words for the churning. We churn because of politics, the economy, brutal people in our lives, abusive employers, reckless rumors, the opinion of the crowd, and so much more. God speaks to us in simple terms: Why are you afraid of the crowd when you belong to me?
This morning, take a little time to read through Isaiah 51-52. You will be strengthened to remember that our confidence and hope is not in the works of men or the approval of men. . . our hope is in the One who rules overall. No matter how big the problem . . .the Lord is bigger still. There is NOTHING outside of His control. In the end, we will see that He was guiding His children (which I hope includes you) the entire time.
In the Struggle 1.12.21“But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
and he will stand upon the earth at last.
And after my body has decayed,
yet in my body, I will see God!
I will see him for myself.
Yes, I will see him with my own eyes.
I am overwhelmed at the thought!
These are the words of Job. He was in the midst of a life "cave-in." He lost his children, his servants, his animals, his health, and he was being "comforted" by friends who said God must be punishing him. In the middle of all of this, Job remains confident.
Job kept his focus on God's character and sovereignty rather than being engulfed by the trials of life. Because of that, he is a great example to us. He did not like his circumstances, but that led him to dig deeper rather than walk away from the Lord.
Do you need that reminder today? Do not measure your life and value by your circumstances; measure it by your relationship to the Lord. He is our anchor, our vision, and the One who keeps us going. The hope of standing before Him and hearing "Well Done" is what keeps us steady even in the most difficult of times.