A daily Christian thought from:
ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC
Today's Christian thought: Friday January 13th, 2004
Ah, Friday the thirteenth, and here I am in the house with a black cat and another black cat is out side trying to have one of my chickadees for breakfast. But then again what do I care about black cats and the superstitions of black Friday the thirteenth. But I do like my little back cat, which really isn't all that black, he is really black with a little white on him. Now, you are probably wondering what a black cat and Friday the thirteenth has to do with today's thought. Nothing, nothing at all.
For today, instead of looking at the superstitions of Friday the thirteenth, we are gong to be studying the truths of Matthew Seventeen. For who cares about the myths of black cats and walking under a ladder when we have the truths of God's Word before us. Today we are going to try and move a mountain. Well maybe not move it but to at least see how to move one if ever the opportunity or need arises. So, without further ado, let us go to Matthew Chapter Seventeen
1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his(James) brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, 2 and Jesus was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light. 3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with Him. Let's start with a question, verse one says after six days... Ok, six days after what?
4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here: if Thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias." This happened around 1,972 years ago, back then there was no video, no digital cameras, not even any old fashion still cameras, so how did Peter know that the men he saw were Moses and Elijah? They knew the same way you, if you are truly Saved, will know ever soul in heaven the micro second you get there.
5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him. 6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. 7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. 8 And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. Imagine the horror Peter, John, and James must have felt as heaven opened and they heard God Almighty, the same God who spoke the earth and all things into existence, saying This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; and if that were not enough, then God says to them: hear ye Him! Those last few words had to put the, no pun intended, fear of God in them. But what does this Son of God whom God is so proud of and had just ordered them to listen to say to them as they cower in fear? Arise, and be not afraid. Have you ever thought about that? Imagine, God the Father says: This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him. And God the Son says Arise, and be not afraid.
When you run into things that terrify you, whether they be things of this world such as the IRS, the islamic hordes, or the FBI, or the things of the underworld such as satan, his demons and those who serve him knowingly and unknowingly, remember those words spoken by God the Father and God the Son, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him. Arise, and be not afraid. As we will see in the next verses Peter, James and John did exactly what God the Father and God the Son had told them to do.
9 And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead. 10 And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?" 11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. 12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. 13 Then the disciples understood that He spake unto them of John the Baptist. While the three Apostles were on the ground in fear moments ago, the Lord's voice telling them to fear not, had relaxed them to the point where once again, like little children, they were up and asking questions. And as always the Lord answered them in such a way that their n common sense and knowledge could answer the question for them. For He didn't say, hey guys, John the Baptist whose head they cut off was Elijah. No He lead them to it.
14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to Him a certain man, kneeling down to Him, and saying, 15 "Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. 16 And I brought him to Thy disciples, and they could not cure him." 17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to Me. 18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he (the devil) departed out of him (the boy): and the child was cured from that very hour. Now, if you get nothing else out of this study, concentrate and learn what is here in verses 14-21.
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, "Why could not we cast him out?" 20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. In verses 14-21 we see a man who has a son, the son is not only insane, he is possessed by a devil as well. The man had gone to Jesus to heal his son because the Lord's Apostles had been unable to heal him. And of course the Lord healed the boy, driving out the devil and returning the boy to a sane condition. This amazed His disciples who asked Him how it was they were unable to do it, and Jesus tells them two things we need to understand. And both are contained in two verses, read them carefully. Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
If you have faith and understand that at times, to pray hard enough you need to be uncomfortable, that you must put your prayers ahead of food and drink, then you, if you are Saved, can not only heal the insane, but move a mountain was well.
22 And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men: 23 And they shall kill Him, and the third day He shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry. How confused the Apostles must have been, here is Jesus, the man they have seen raise the dead, feed thousands with a few fish, heal the blind, sick and lame, drive out devils and restore sanity, and as we'll see, order fish to have coins in their mouths, here is that Jesus, the one they know to be God, telling them that He is about to be betrayed and killed. How would you have felt? What would you have said? What would you have asked the Lord?
24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, "Doth not your master pay tribute?" 25 He saith, "Yes". And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? 26 Peter saith unto Him, "Of strangers". Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free? 27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for Me and thee. (Matthew 17:1-27 ACP/KJV)
There is so much to learn from the Bible, how is it that so many find so little time for it and so much time for Peter Jennings, FreeRepublic and half time football shows. Guys. this next breath may be your last, are you ready? It might be your kids last breath, is he or she ready? What about your wife? Your parents? Neighbors and friends? Next to being Saved and marrying Cecily, the best thing that ever happened to me was the day that I insulted Jim Robinson's god, the pope and he banned me from Freerepublic. Freeing up tons of time for me to instead stick my head in God's holy word, the Bible rather than arguing with Jim and his brethren.
In the second paragraph of today's thought I said: "Today we are going to try and move a mountain. Well maybe not move it but to at least see how to move one if ever the opportunity or need arises." The occasion has arisen more than one time in my live. Not to move a mountain, but as I am about to tell you, almost. One such time happened about five years ago, I was at a friends house helping to gut out a room, we were ripping out 2X4's and the such loaded with nails and other hunks of wood still attached and throwing them out into a pile on the yard. Well I had just tossed out an 8 foot 1X6 with a dozen or so 10 and 12 penny nails sticking out of it. As the board flew through the air towards the pile, one of Don's younger sons wandered into it's path. Had the board hit the boy, which it was sure to do, the boy would have been killed or at the very least seriously injured. I screamed, "God no!" but no one but God heard me. And the board stopped in mid air, turned 90 degrees to the right, went about two feet and then turned 90 degrees to the left and flew onto the pile, passing behind the boy. I did not have time to fast, I did not have time to think, I only had time to scream out for God's help.
Get faith, learn how to move trees.
The Lord God of Creation, Christ Jesus, Messiah Yeshua, be with you all. May He help you to be ready for your last breath so that His greeting will be "Welcome good and faithful servant", not "depart from me ye worker of iniquity" .
Pray for my friend Mac, pray for Rush and Michael Savage. While the Lord does not need the platforms and audiences that Rush and Michael have, they, Rush, Michael and their audiences need the Lord.
Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General John Ashcroft, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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