Today's Christian thought: Wednesday November 19th, 2003
As Thanksgiving approaches, we more and more often concentrate on the wonderful things the Lord has given us and we take time to thank Him.
We thank Him for our families, We thank him for the food He has so generously supplied us, our homes, jobs and the nation we live in.
We thank God for the sacrifice He has given us thru His Son.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (KJV)
We thank God for not having sent His Son to punish us or Chastise us as we so richly deserved, but instead;
John 3:17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. (KJV)
We thank God for making it so easy to be Saved,
27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. (KJV)
Yes we have a lot to thank God for, but have you ever thought how much we should thank God for being God? Let us take a moment to look at God, let us think of God for amoment, let us reflect upon our God, the God who created us and predestined us to be His, before He even created the Earth.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. (KJV)
29 For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified. (KJV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4 According as He(God the Father) hath chosen us in Him(Jesus, God the Son) before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
6 To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption through His blood (for) the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace;
8 Wherein He hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;(KJV)
Genesis 6:7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. (KJV)
While God was getting ready to destroy man for his evil, God is clearly telling us that He created all things, man, birds, beast etc. At the same time God is making it abundently clear that when He has had enough of our mischief, He can and will punish us in a way that will make it one, absolutly clear that it was He and only He that did this punishing and two, that this punishment is meant to continually remind us of both God's love and His wrath.
But, what does it take to anger this great andmighty God we call our own? Well, thank God, that God does not anger easily and even when He does anger, He is quick to forgive and reward and protect His people.
In Exodus we see that God is very angry with Pharaoh,
Exodus 12:29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. But, what about His people?
21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover.
22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.
23 For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.
God protected His people! But even the chosen people of God can feel His wrath if they turn from Him;
10 And the LORD's anger was kindled the same time, and He sware, saying,
11 Surely none of the men that came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, shall see the land which I sware unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob; because they have not wholly followed Me:
12 Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite, and Joshua the son of Nun: for they have wholly followed the LORD.
13 And the LORD's anger was kindled against Israel, and He made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation, that had done evil in the sight of the LORD, was consumed. (KJV)
1 Samuel 15:1-3
1 Samuel also said unto Saul, "The LORD sent me to anoint thee to be king over His people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD.
2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.
3 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. (KJV)
As we are seeing, God can and does punish those who do evil in His sight or worship false gods;
15 (For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.
16 Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted Him in Massah.
17 Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and His testimonies, and His statutes, which He hath commanded thee. (KJV)
But likewise, we see that God is long suffering and slow to anger, and for that we must thank God,
4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, "Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown."
5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.
6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:
8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.
9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not. (KJV)
Up until nineteen hundred and sixty five years ago (Now 1,970) or so, the chosen people of the Lord were the Hebrews. But two thousand years ago the one who fulfilled all of the prophesies was born; Our Lord and Saviour, the Son of God, God the Son, Jesus, who was and is the Christ, the Messiah.
30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of his father David:(KJV)
Thirty three years later the division came. Those who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the Messiah (the Christ) were saved and became Christians and the new Chosen People. Those who turned their backs on Him and had Him sacrificed by crucifiction, became the heathens. Now we live in a time when you are either a Christian or a heathen, there are no other choices.
As the Lord gave us no wiggle room on who He is, He also gave us no options other than that of accepting Him as the Son of God and being Saved or not believing and not being Saved.
So, today, as we look forward to the upcoming Thanksgiving, let us give thanks to God for His love, for His kindness and for His shedding of His own Blood so that we have a way to be saved, a way to spend all eternity with Him. Not a way requiring the sacrifice of animals, the taking of long trips to Jerusalem once a year to offer up slaughtered animals as burnt offerings, but as ones who only need to give our Hearts wholly and without reservation to Him to be Saved. To not be like the rest of the world that only believes in the Lord, but ones who believe ON Him.
For as the James, the half brother of Jesus tells us, in James 2:9 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
Yes, even the devils believe and know that Jesus is God the Son, but they have not believed ON him, only in Him, the difference is this:
When you were little, say two years old or so, if your dad put you on a counter or on a table and took a step back, held out his hands and said "come here", you would, looking at this face and smiling back at him, walk right off the table or counter to him, for you had total faith in your dad that he would catch you and not let you fall and get hurt. That is believing on. Others knew that he was your dad, but because he was not their dad, they did not have the same faith in him that you had. They would be much less likely to tryust him with their life than you were.
And that is the way it is today, all one needs to to be saved is to have total faith in Jesus, to trust Him 100% allowing Him to come in and run your life and it is that great privilege that we should concentrate on when we give thanks to Him this coming Thanksgiving.
Thank You Lord for the things You have supplied us with that no one else could duplicate, Lord we give you thanks for the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the gravity you have placed on earth so that we don't drift off into space. But, most of all Lord, we thank You for Your coming to earth in the form a baby in the womb 2,003 years ago to be the perfect blood sacrifice for us. Thank You Lord, amen.
And may the Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with you all this day and every day, amen.
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.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
The Lord be with and bless you all and may you all keep this very important point in mind. It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
Lord I would also ask You to be with my friend Mac, and for the salvation of Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh. Amen.
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.