Archive for October, 2009

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We Know We Shall Be Like Him

Daily God Walk for Saturday, October 24, 2009

 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.         – 1 John 3:2

 

There is a lot of speculation about heaven and what it will be like there.  Some see harps and clouds, some see streets of gold. I know one brother whose hope is that there will be camping in heaven. Give him a good tent and a campfire and he is happy.

The truth is that none of us really know what heaven will be like, but we do know this; “we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” One of the things that statement says is that we do not fully know him now. We do know him, but only to the extent that he has revealed himself to us and in us.

Scripture teaches that we are becoming the sons of God (John 1:12). As long as we are in this body we are in the becoming state. In fact, 2 Corinthians 3 Paul tells us that we “are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory” (v18).

We are being transformed, but we can only be changed so much in this body. In another place Paul writes, “We eagerly await…the Lord Jesus Christ, who by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body” (Philippians 3:21).  

The Spirit of God in us is transforming our inner man to conform to his image. Our thoughts are changing to be his thoughts; our mind is being changed to be his mind; our actions are being changed to be what he would do. We are the sons of God and we are the becoming sons of God.

While we are becoming we are also being. What we are being is a human body with a transformed spirit. One passage reminds us that we are in the world but we are not of the world – but there is coming a day when we will stand before him fully transformed and we know we shall be like him.

 Principle: We will be like him when we see him as he is.

 Affirmation: I am and I am becoming – I will see him and be like him.

 Prayer: Thank you Lord for the Hope of being forever with you in the home you have prepared for us. We shall see you and become like you. Amen.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 119:129-136  – Ezekiel 45-46 – Proverbs 24

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We Know We Can Trust Him

Daily God Walk for Friday, October 23, 2009

  And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed and am convinced he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.     –  2 Timothy 1:12

 

Few of us have as dramatic a conversion as the apostle Paul. On the road to Damascus with the authority to persecute believers in Jesus, he was stricken to the ground, a bright light shined upon him and the Lord spoke to him personally. His response was to cry out, “Lord, who are you?” The voice answered, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting” (Acts 9:5).

From that experience forward his life was forever changed. It was this experience and subsequent encounters with the Lord that gave Paul the confidence to declare, “I know whom I have believed and am convinced he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.” All of us need a Damascus road experience. We need to have that time in our life when we make the commitment that lasts a lifetime.

I once heard the story of a farmer who had been converted, but he was constantly plagued with doubts about his salvation. He would frequently go forward t0 prayer for assurance. Finally the pastor made an appointment to go out and visit him. He showed up with a wooden stake in his hand. He said to the man, “Let’s go out behind the barn.”

Once behind the barn the pastor said, “We’re going to settle this once and for all.” He then counseled the man from the scriptures about assurance and prayed with him. As at other times the man truly felt the Lord and knew he was saved. Then the pastor had him drive the stake into the ground. He said to the man, “Every time you doubt your salvation come back here behind the barn and remember what happened when you drove this stake in the ground.”

We need to drive a stake in the ground and know that he is able to keep that which we have entrusted to him for that day.

 Principle: Know that he is able to keep what you entrust to him.

 Affirmation: I have made my commitment sure and I know he is able.

 Prayer: Lord, it is easy to doubt when times are hard, but grant me the grace to stand firm in my faith regardless of the circumstances. In Jesus name, amen.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 51– Ezekiel 43-44 – James 3 –  Proverbs 23

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We Know An Eternal House Waits For Us

Daily God Walk for Thursday, October 22 2009

 We know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.                     – 2 Corinthians 5:1

 The hope of every believer through the ages is that when this human existence marked by suffering is over there is an eternal home awaiting us. Paul calls our physical body a tent that is stretched over our inner person – and it is as temporary as a tent, but God has eternal plans for us. He is preparing a residence for us that will never wear out and never need repair.

Job, the ancient example of patience and perseverance in the face of the most extreme circumstances said, “Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He springs up like a flower and withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure” (Job 14:1-2).

It seems that mankind spends the first half of their life as if they will never die and spend the second half in fear of death. There is a truth that is common to all; we will all die. That in itself is not a comforting thought, but Paul in this passage in 2 Corinthians is making a case for the resurrection and the eternal life with God that is the hope of the believer.

We are not promised that we will not suffer in this life, but we are promised that if we endure to the end we will be well rewarded. Paul wrote in Romans 2:7, “to those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give external life.” If we are to persist in our faith walk we must know beyond doubt that he has life beyond the human existence for us.

Often the early writers of the church addressed the believers as “sojourners,” or as aliens and strangers in this world. Albert Brumley penned these words in a favorite hymn of the past century, “This world is not my home, I’m just passing through, my treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue.” We must keep in mind that all we see around is as temporary as a tent, but what he has prepared for us is eternal.  We know an eternal house awaits us.

 Principle: When this body is destroyed we have an eternal body ready.

 Affirmation: I am just a sojourner passing through this world to eternity.

 Prayer: Lord, this life has not been easy. I ask you for the grace to endure as I travel this path from here to eternity. In Jesus name, amen.                              

 Bible Reading: Psalm 21   – Ezekiel 41-42 – James 2 – Proverbs 22

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We Know God Intends Good For Believers

Daily God Walk for Wednesday, October 21, 2009

 We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28

 It isn’t always easy to see the hand of God in the circumstances of our life.  I lost my father to cancer when I was just 20 years old. I didn’t understand why God would take my father just as I was getting old enough to appreciate what he had invested in me. Frankly, I still don’t know why, but I have concluded that God knows best and I have accepted that.

Believers around the world have comforted one another with these words,  “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him and who have been called according to his purpose.” Going through trying circumstances is never easy, but when we know that his purpose for us is to prosper us and not to harm us, to give us hope and a future, we can endure.

The way I have often rephrased this verse is that God is working the circumstances of our life for our ultimate benefit. What I mean by that is this; God sees from a different perspective, he knows the end from the beginning and he knows the long term effect that he is trying to work in our lives.

The only way we can know that is to gain understanding in his purposes for us and to have faith in what he has revealed concerning Christ and our relationship with him.

If we are constantly measuring God’s love for us and his acceptance of us by the circumstances of our life we are going to be on an emotional roller coaster. Paul wrote in Philippians 4, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (v12-13).

You may not see it now but God really is working the circumstances of your life for your ultimate benefit because his purpose for you is to bless and prosper you.

 Principle: God is using the circumstances of our life for our ultimate benefit.

 Affirmation: I trust the Lord and I know his purpose is to bless me.

 Prayer: Lord, when I focus on the circumstances I tend to become discouraged. Help me to see your hand at work in my circumstances. In Jesus, name, amen.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 140   – Ezekiel 39-40 – James 1 – Proverbs 21

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I Know My Redeemer Lives

Daily God Walk for Monday, October 19, 2009

 I know that my redeemer lives and that in the end he will stand upon the earth… I myself will see him with my own eyes – I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! – Job 19:25-27

 Job was an incredible man of faith. Can you imagine being a person of influence in the community one day and the next being stripped of everything; livestock, servants, even his children – everything. That’s what happened to Job.

Job’s response to these calamities was remarkable. On this day of calamity one servant after another came to report the tragedies until finally it was all gone. “At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground to worship”(Job 1:20). He had just lost everything and he worships .

Part of his prayer has been recorded in Job 1:21: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” The next verse says, “In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrong doing.”

From this low point in his life things just got worse. Sores came up on his body from head to foot. The one who used to sit as a judge at the gates of the city now is covered with clothes of morning and ashes as he scrapes his sores. In this condition his wife says, “Job, just curse God and die.” Job shows his deep faith in 13:15, “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him.”

In all of his trials Job wrestled with more than his own pain. He questioned life and death. Looking at the trees and observing how they seemed to die in the winter yet come to life in the spring he asks rhetorically, “If a man die, will he live again?” Then he answers his own question in this passage.

Even when he had lost everything, including his health, his faith sustained him. He didn’t know about tomorrow, he didn’t know if he would recover in this life, but he did know this; “My redeemer lives… I myself shall see him.”

In the midst of trials remember this: I know my redeemer lives!

 Principle: Faith is measured by what we know in the midst of severe trial.

 Affirmation: Knowing Christ gives me the assurance of eternity.

 Prayer: Lord, I have never had to endure what Job has endured, and I have never been persecuted as some have; grant me the faith and strength to endure if that should come to me. In Jesus name, amen.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 80   – Ezekiel 35-36 – Hebrews 12 – Proverbs 19

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No Man Knows When His Hour Will Come

Daily God Walk for Sunday, October 18, 2009

 No man knows when his hour will come. As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so men are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them.     – Ecclesiastes 9:12

 There are warnings in the Scripture to constantly be alert because we don’t know when evil will approach us. Jesus warned, “If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into” (Matthew 24:43).

Peter warns, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). The message is clear; we don’t know what danger awaits us so we are to be prepared for the attacks of our enemy at all times.

I don’t know who coined the phrase, “To be forewarned is to be forearmed,” but that is wisdom we should all take to heart. We must be mentally and emotionally prepared for the inevitable time when evil will overtake us and we will be at a point of danger.

One of the interesting phenomena of our time is the scam artists who are constantly finding new victims. We are warned time and again to be careful of people who make you an unbelievable offer. If it is unbelievable it probably shouldn’t be believed. Yet, you hear about people all the time who are duped into taking advantage of an unbelievable offer.

We can’t prevent evil from coming our way, but we can prevent being caught in an evil device unnecessarily. Being prepared to resist evil is part physical, part emotional and part spiritual. If we are prepared spiritually to resist evil then we will be prepared emotionally and take the physical precautions that we should.

The verse following the one in 1 Peter instructs believers to “Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of suffering” (v9).

 Principle: Be prepared so that when you face evil you will be victorious.

 Affirmation: I prepare myself spiritually and emotionally to defeat evil.

 Prayer: Lord, I see evil and calamities all around. I ask for your protection and your strength to resist the evil one. In Jesus name, amen.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 50 – Ezekiel 33-34 – Proverbs 18

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