A New Year’s Resolution That You Can Keep!

In Fact, It Is Kept For You!

Just As I Am

O Lamb of God I come! I come!
I come broken to be mended
I come wounded to be healed
I come desperate to be rescued
I come empty to be filled
I come guilty to be pardoned

By the blood of Christ the Lamb

(Just As I Am – Composed by Charlotte Elliott in 1835)

As the new year approaches, many of us look to make changes in our lives – changes that will make our lives better. This coming year could be a time when we decide to make the best decision we could ever make to improve our lives not only for the present but for eternity. We can do this by placing our lives in the care of the One that loved us enough to give His life for us at Calvary. God asks only that we repent of going our own way and place our faith in the Lord Jesus and His great sacrifice for us at the cross. We are to depend on the Lord for all our needs.

We come to the Lord just as we are. We come in repentance and faith. When our faith is in the Lord the Bible tells us that we become a new creation. Our old life has passed away and everything becomes new. We receive the Holy Spirit Who indwells us as a “helper,” and we are changed by the power of God. The Holy Spirit will guide us into “all truth” as Jesus told His disciples just before His death. His sacrifice on the cross paid the sin debt and allowed the Holy Spirit to come in a new way. We are kept by the power of God by faith as the following verse says:

“Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:5).

We now walk out our life by faith in Christ and what He accomplished on the cross. Our salvation is through faith from first to last. We are saved by faith and we are kept and changed by faith as we serve the Lord in our daily life. We are called to “fight the good fight of faith,” meaning that we are to keep our faith in Christ and Him crucified. When we do this the Holy Spirit will work within us and we will be willing and able to do God’s will in our lives as the following verse states:

“For it is God (through the Holy Spirit) which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” Philippians 2:13

So, as we look to the new year, let us decide to choose Christ this year instead of resolving to keep resolutions we know we have been unable to keep in the past. We come to the Lord believing that He paid the price for the sin debt, and we are changed. The Lord will make the changes in us that are needed. Our part is to believe. As the Word says, “We are kept by God through faith.” If you haven’t come to the Lord in the past; Won’t you place your life in the care of the Lord this new year? He will watch over you as no other would, and He is only a prayer away!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” ( 2 Corinthians 5:17).

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Happy New Year!

[With the publishing of this week’s article/podcast; The Here I Am, Lord blog has, to date, published 100 articles on salvation, our daily walk with the Lord, the Baptism with the Holy Spirit, and prophecy. I thank the Lord and give him all the praise for the opportunity, and the ability, to share His Word. I want to thank all those who have faithfully read the articles and listened to the podcasts. I pray that the Lord richly bless you and your family in the coming year. Tom Quinn – Tom Quinn Ministries – tqministries.com]

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God With Us

A Christmas Message

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His Name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).

The above verse foretells the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. The word “Immanuel” means “God with us.” We read in the Gospel of Matthew that the Angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph and said the following:

“And she (Mary) shall bring forth a Son, and you shall call His Name Jesus (Savior): for He shall save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).

We celebrate the birth of Jesus at this time each year. He came to us as a babe in a manger, born of a virgin, and born in Bethlehem. The Old Testament Book of Micah foretold his birthplace and that He would be from everlasting, or in other words; “God with us” as the following verse from Micah states:

But you Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall He come forth unto me Who is to be ruler in Israel. Whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting” (Micah 5:2).

The Old Testament had many prophecies that foretold the coming of Jesus. And as we celebrate the birth of Jesus at this time each year; we also witness the beginning of an incredible story, also foretold, that resulted in the crucifixion and resurrection of the One that was born into this world specifically for that purpose. He came to die that we might live.

The miracle of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ should be our focus as we celebrate Christmas this year. The Lord saw our need and left His home in glory to become man and dwell among us. This baby born in the manger in Bethlehem to a virgin was “God with us” and His coming was planned by the Godhead in eternity past as the following verse confirms:

“Who (Jesus) verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you” I Peter 1:20).

The Lord was foreordained by God to come as a babe in a manger to be our savior. He did it all for you and me. This Christmas with all the holiday cheer and with all the wonder and beauty of Christmas, let us remember that that baby Who was born was “God with us.” Isaiah says the following about the child that was prophesied to be born:

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

He came that we might live. We must realize this and place our faith in the God that loved us and died on a cross to save us. He is our Savior and our Lord. Otherwise, If we miss the true meaning of Christmas; we miss out on the greatest gift we could ever receive! Yes, it is “God with us,” that we celebrate on Christmas. As Christians, the Lord is not only with us but He is in us as walk out our lives: “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” It doesn’t get any better than that! Look to Him this Christmas and you will be truly blessed!

A Christmas Poem

T’was the night before Christmas and all through the earth; people were greatly celebrating all because of a birth. A Savior had been born into the world in the past, and the salvation He offers it is hoped all would grasp. He offered His Life for those who would believe: all those who come by faith are those who receive. So, let us celebrate the true meaning and pray! Because He left His home in glory that all might be saved this day.

Unto Us A Son Is Born!

Merry Christmas!

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We Shall See Jesus!

And What A Glorious Day That Will Be!!

“I (Jesus) go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself” (John 14:2,3).

Jesus spoke these words to His beloved disciples just before His crucifixion. They were certainly words of encouragement for them, and they are words of encouragement for us. Jesus, in this verse, was speaking of the rapture of the church which would result in all believers that have passed from this life and those living at the time of His coming being caught up to be with the Lord. So, the Lord made it clear before He left that He would return and that He would take all His own to be with Him where He is. After the crucifixion and resurrection, as He was being taken up into Heaven; the Lord sent angels to remind and comfort His followers once again as the following verses tell us:

“And when He had spoken these things (final instructions to His followers), while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold two men (actually angels) stood by them in white apparel; which also said, you men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you to Heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen Him go into Heaven” (Acts 1:9-11).

The Lord had paid the price for our sin on the cross and was now being taken up into Heaven. The Bible said that his followers stared after Him as He departed. What must their thoughts have been at the sight of Jesus leaving them after being with Him for three and a half years. The Lord had told them that He would not leave them “comfortless” but would send the Holy Spirit in a new way to help them and Who would live in them. They knew this and were comforted by it, but I’m sure they were saddened to see the Lord depart from them after being with Him for so long. The two angels standing with them as Jesus departed were sent by the Lord to remind them of His promise that He was going to prepare a place for them and would return. This must have been a great comfort to His followers.

We don’t know when the Lord will return for His church: it could be at any moment. The Bible does not point to any event that must take place before He comes. Actually, He is coming twice. He is coming first for His church in the Rapture and He will come finally at the end of the Great Tribulation in what’s called The Second Coming. The Rapture will happen without warning. The following verses tell us what will take place at the rapture of the church:

“For the Lord, Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” ( 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17).

We are told in 1 Corinthians that the Rapture will take place in the “twinkling of an eye” at the last trump which speaks of the closing of the church age. Yes, at that time, we will see Jesus and be with Him forever. We are also told that at that time that “the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” This speaks of us receiving our glorified bodies. What will it be like to see Jesus in our glorified bodies? The following verse gives us some answers to that question:

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2).

The Lord is returning for us and it could be any day. We have great things to look forward to when He does return. the Apostle Paul in the Epistle to Titus calls it “Our blessed hope” which is a sure hope of what is to come. Yes, we shall see Jesus and it will be glorious! What a day that will be! There is no better promise than this as the following words of a song written by Diane Wilkinson exclaim:

We Shall See Jesus

Once on a hillside, people were gathered for Jesus had risen and soon would ascend. Then, as He blessed them, He rose to the heavens and gave them His promise to come back again.

We shall see Jesus, just as they saw Him. There is no greater promise than this. When He returns in power and glory. We shall see Jesus, we shall see Jesus, just as He is!

We Shall See Jesus – Composed by Diane Wilkinson

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Rescued From The Evil Kingdom

A Fictional Narrative

“For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in Whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13,14).

There once were two kingdoms that could not have been more different. Although they were located next to each other, they were in opposition to each other in every way. The larger kingdom which was ruled by a malevolent ruler had many subjects. The other kingdom had fewer subjects and was ruled by a benevolent ruler.

The kingdom ruled by an evil ruler seemed to prosper, but only because those in the kingdom did not realize the totality of evil they lived under and were controlled by. The evil ruler hated those that lived under his power and ruled with an iron fist destroying the lives of all those in the kingdom. The amazing thing about this situation was that the people under him did not seem to want to escape all the evil that surrounded them or the evil ruler who controlled their lives.

The great king that ruled over the smaller kingdom watched over his kingdom and people for their good. His love for his people showed through in all that he did. Those living under his rule loved him and knew that he cared for them and watched over them. All of those that lived under this great king had once lived in the kingdom ruled by the evil ruler.

Those living in the evil kingdom were prisoners, though unaware of their captivity. You might say they were like homegrown slaves; those that were born into slavery and never knew any other way and never knew what real freedom was.

The people living in the smaller kingdom knew of the terrible conditions that those in the other kingdom lived under. Their king was more powerful than the evil king so they could go to those in the evil kingdom and tell them of all the good they were missing. The evil king would try to stop them, but they were protected by their king. Those that they spoke to in the evil kingdom had a choice. They could leave and come into the kingdom with the great king, or they could stay. The evil king could not stop them if they chose to leave.

Incredibly, although many were rescued from the evil kingdom, most chose to stay. Not only that, but they refused to listen to the good news brought to them by those under the benevolent king. Some even tried to do them harm. All of this was quite mystifying to those that saw the bondage that these people lived under. The only possible answer to their refusal to leave was that they were happy in the evil they lived with and did not want to give it up.

Those living under the evil ruler knew that things were not right in their lives and the evil kingdom. They were free to leave at any time; all they had to do was to admit they were going the wrong way and living lives that were beneath what the good king and kingdom had offered to each of them.

The day came when the evil of the larger kingdom and its ruler caught up with it. The good king, who had sent many of his subjects to warn and rescue all those that would listen, brought judgment on the evil king and his kingdom.

The Bible tells us that there is a “narrow way” to enter the kingdom of God. Sadly, few find it; as the following verse tells us:

“Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and wide is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be that go thereat. Because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few that be that find it” (Matthew 7:13,14).

Today is the day of salvation. Will you come to the Lord by the narrow way? That “way” is for you to come in repentance and faith in the life He offers us through His great sacrifice on the cross. We are promised only today. Satan, the evil ruler, was defeated at Calvary. As the above verse states, “wide is the way that leads to destruction.” Joshua said it best regarding the choice we have today:

“….Choose you this day who you will serve…..as for me and my house; we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).

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And You Shall Receive Power

Baptism with the Holy Spirit

Originally published April/2020

“You shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days hence” (Acts 1:5).

When we are born again we are “born of the Spirit”, for John 3:6 tells us “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit”. Roman’s 8:14 says “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are sons (and daughters) of God”. The Holy Spirit lives in us and glorifies Jesus (John16:14). He leads us in all truth (John 16:13) and gives us victory over the sin nature (Romans 8:2). Our daily walk with the Lord is one of faith in His finished work on the Cross, allowing the Holy Spirit to work in us.

The Baptism with the Holy Spirit is a second work of grace and is available to all those that are born again. It is given to us by the Lord to empower us for service. Jesus is the Baptizer with the Holy Spirit. In Matthew 3.3 John the Baptist says of Jesus, ” He who comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire”.

Just prior to His Ascension, Jesus, in speaking to His followers, “Commanded (an order) that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the Promise of the Father (speaking of the Holy Spirit), which, said He, you have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days hence” (Acts 1:4-5). He told them “But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Jesus here is speaking of the Baptism with the Holy Spirit, which is distinct from receiving the Holy Spirit at the initial salvation experience. The word used here for power is the Greek word “dunamis ” and means strength, power, ability, and miracle-working power. The Holy Spirit empowers us to preach the Gospel, pray for the sick, walk in the gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:8-10), and to cast out demons.

On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came in a new and powerful way. “And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared cloven (divided) tongues like as of fire (Matthew 3:11). And they were filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues (the initial evidence that one has been filled), as the Spirit gave them utterance (the Spirit initiates)” (Acts 2:2).

Peter said in his sermon on the Day of Pentecost “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; and it shall come to pass in the last days (the days we are in now), saith God, I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh (available to all): and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, and your young men will dream dreams: and on My servants and on My handmaids I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy” (Acts 2:16-18). The next two verses are a continuation of that which was spoken by Joel and concern the time just prior to the Second Coming. They read “And I will show wonders in Heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor and smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable Day of the Lord come” (Acts 2:19-20).

Some believe that this initial outpouring of the Spirit along with the spiritual gifts (e.g. healing, tongues, and prophecy) was given by God to establish the church and that it ended with the apostles (Cessationism). Note though that Peter did not say that it was the fulfillment of the prophecy of Joel. Also, verses 19 and 20, the continuation of Joel’s prophecy outlined above, speaks of the signs that will occur at the end of the age before the Second Coming of the Lord. Clearly, “those days of my Spirit”, mentioned in verse 18, establishes that this prophecy of Joel spans the entirety of the church age. Also, the worldwide effort (unto the uttermost part of the earth) spoken of by Jesus in Acts 1:8 was not completed by the early church. The Baptism with the Holy Spirit is available to the church today as it was on the Day of Pentecost to enable the church to accomplish the Great Commission.

The Baptism with the Holy Spirit is not being preached as it should in many churches today. Whatever preconceived ideas we may have about this, we owe it to ourselves to seek the Lord about it and ask Him if the Baptism with the Holy Spirit is for today. As one who has received this great gift; I can attest to the fact that it is real and it is definitely for today The Baptism with the Holy Spirit is received by faith. We need only ask the Lord for it in faith. As mentioned, the initial evidence of the baptism is speaking in other tongues (Isaiah 28: 11-12). These are languages spoken somewhere in the world, but not known to those that receive the baptism. Again, the Baptism with the Holy Spirit empowers us for service. Jesus shed His Blood on the Cross for our sins, and to enable the Holy Spirit to come into our lives to help us live godly lives and to give us power for service. The Lord declared in Zechariah 4:6 ” Not by (human) might, nor by (human) power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord”. This is God’s way. There is no other. Let us seek the Lord for all He has for us.

Come Holy Spirit

Come Holy Spirit, I need you. Come sweet Spirit, I pray. Come in your strength and your power. Come in your own gentle way.

Composed by Bill and Gloria Gaither

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Forgiven And Much Loved

Forgiven And Much Loved

We love Him because He first loved us….” (1 John 4:9).

If we do not understand what Christ accomplished on the cross and the fact that we are forgiven for our sins, then we will live life without the forgiveness He provides and not understand just how much He loves us.

Many today believe that if their good deeds outway the bad in their life then they will be accepted by God. It is a works mentality that is directly opposed to what the Bible says regarding our acceptance by the Lord. Relative righteousness is also a hope of many. They compare their life with others (usually those of lesser character) and believe they will be accepted by the Lord because, in their opinion, their “good life” will guarantee it.

Many believe that if they follow church teachings, attend church regularly and receive the sacraments established by the church, then they will be accepted by the Lord. A couple of things should be noted here. We should follow church teachings as long as they line up with the Bible, but following church teachings will not gain us the acceptance of the Lord. Secondly, there are no sacraments in Christianity! The very meaning of the word sacrament is a ceremony or ritual that “imparts divine grace.” This is a gross error. Only God can impart grace, and He does so by faith in Christ and His finished work at the cross. If we are believing that following church rules and receiving sacraments will make us acceptable to God, then we are believing in a false hope.

The Christian disciplines are important. We should attend church, read the Bible, pray, fast as the Lord directs, receive communion (which is an ordinance of the church). All the Christian disciplines and good works are important to our faith, but they do not gain us acceptance with the Lord.

The Bible tells us that salvation and acceptance by God are dependent on our repenting of our sins and placing our faith totally in Christ and Him crucified. He paid the price for our sins and by accepting His great work at the cross; we are forgiven and accepted by the Lord. Jesus said ” I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by Me.” We are saved by grace. It is a gift that cost the Lord an incredible price to provide. The Christian life is by faith from first to last. We come to the Lord by faith and we walk out each day by faith in what Jesus accomplished at the cross. This allows the Holy Spirit to work in our lives. We cannot save ourselves and we cannot sanctify ourselves. Our faith must be totally in the Lord.

“The work of God (what He requires of us) is to believe in the One He has sent” (John 6:29).

If we are depending on anything outside of the cross to be acceptable to the Lord then, we will love little. We will not see the great love the Lord has for us and just how saved we are. Once we accept the Lord’s way, the way of the cross, then our hearts will overflow with a love for the One whose love for us caused Him to leave his home in glory, walk this earth for three years as a peasant, and die on a cruel cross, so that we might be forgiven and be with Him in eternity. His last words on the cross were “It is Finished.” He loved much. Seeing this we also will love Him much and live a life of praise and thanksgiving to our great God.

In conclusion, when we see what the Lord has provided for us and come to realize that we have been forgiven, not by what we do, but by His mercy and grace; we will love Him much for all He has done. He has provided a complete salvation so we can say much has been forgiven and we love the One that first loved us. Call on the Lord today. He stands at the door of our heart to come in and forgive us and bless us with a love that took Him to the cross.

“I, even I, am He Who blots out your transgressions for My own sake, and will not remember your sins” (Isaiah 43:25).

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Giving Thanks To The One Who Has Blessed Us With Our Very Life!

Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever” (Psalm 107:1).

This Thanksgiving is a time for us to give thanks to the One that loves us and provides for our every need. He wishes to spend time with us and have us realize just how much He loves us. His great sacrifice at the Cross is proof of that love and should cause us to come to Him with thanksgiving – Come to the One who loved us and rescued us from our fallen condition.

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His Name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations” (Psalm 100:4,5).

He provides for our every need and watches over us for our good. He comes to us as a father watching over His children. We can come to Him anytime with all of our needs. He is there for us when we are afraid or troubled. He comforts us in all that we go through in this life. He is truly worthy of our praise and thanksgiving.

The Cross (Christ crucified) is the bridge that allows us to be forgiven and to be brought into God’s very presence. We are called children of God and beloved of the Lord. Our realization of just how much the Lord has done for us should result in thanksgiving and praises to our great God. In these difficult times we live in, we can say that we know the One that created us, the One that saved us, the One that provides for us, and the One that watches over us. And there is coming a day when we will be with Him for eternity. He gave us His Son! What more could He have done to show His love for us. Let’s place Him first in our hearts this Thanksgiving.

Give Thanks

Give thanks with a grateful heart. Give thanks to the Holy One. Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son.

Give Thanks Composed by Don Moen

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If Not To The Lord; Where Could We Go?

“In Him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4)

Originally published May 2021

“Then Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).

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These words of Peter were spoken after what had turned out to be a very sad scene. The Lord had just finished teaching in front of the multitude and many of those present, including some of His disciples, had turned away from Christ. Regarding this, the Gospel of John says: “From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him.” In the introductory verse above, Simon Peter was responding to the following question from the Lord: “Then said Jesus unto the twelve (Apostles), will you also go away?” Peter added the following bold declaration: “And we believe and are sure that you are that Christ, the Son of the Living God.”

There is no other place where those seeking salvation can go. The Lord tells us that there is only one way to salvation.” I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by Me.” The world questions this and points to other ways they say are ways to God. We know this is not true, but we need to truly appreciate the fact that there is a way and understand just what the Lord requires of us.

The Lord could have softened His message that day to make it more palatable to those present, but He did not. He knew it was critical that the people hear what the requirements of discipleship were. In addressing the multitude, Jesus proclaimed the following: “Verily, verily I say unto you, Except you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His Blood, you have no life in you.” Jesus is speaking spiritually here regarding the cross and the necessity to totally and completely believe in Him and His great work at the cross. He is saying, short of that, there is no life in you. He goes on to say: “whosoever eats My flesh, and drinks my blood, has eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” Jesus is reaffirming to those present that the total object of our faith must be in His sacrifice at the cross, and if that is done, we will have eternal life. And finally, the Lord says: “He who eats My flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells in Me, and I in Him.” This speaks of the importance of our continued daily partaking of the Lord (Christ Crucified).

Luke 9:23 makes it clear: “If any man will come after Me (be a disciple), let him deny himself (our own ability, will power, strength), and take up his cross (faith in His finished work) daily (important to reaffirm our faith daily), and follow Me (can only be done by faith in the cross).”

In this address to the multitude by the Lord, it goes on to say: “Many therefore of His disciples, when they had heard this, said, this is a hard saying; who can hear it.” Jesus responds to this unbelief on the part of some of His disciples by saying: ” It is the Spirit Who quickens; the flesh profits nothing.” He, of course, is telling them that His words are pointing to spiritual realities. Man wants to do his part, and when that way seems unattainable or not to his liking, unbelief is the most common reaction. In the natural, the cross has no attraction. Peter and the twelve, although I am sure didn’t fully understand what the Lord said; went the way of faith. They believed in the Lord and trusted that He had the “words of life” and that He would lead them in that way.

That is something we must do today. Some things may be difficult to understand; we may go through some difficulties in life we don’t understand, but we know in whom we have believed. He has told us that the way to “eternal life” is by placing our total faith in Him and His great work. Our flesh will want to do its part, but we must not trust in our own ability or in self-effort. We are to practice the Christian disciplines (e.g. Bible reading, fasting, praying), but our faith must not be in these for victory. Our part is to choose to believe in Christ and Him Crucified on a daily basis. Yes, there is only one way that leads to life and, if we know the Lord, we can rejoice in the fact that we have found it. Where else could we go? Thank the Lord that we need not look anywhere else for He has the “words of life.” There is none like the Lord.

“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6).

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Wrestling With God

From Jacob The Deceiver To Israel The Prince Of God

And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, you shall not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan. Arise, go to Padan-aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father; and take you a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother. And God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, that you may be a multitude of people” (Genesis 28:1-3).

Jacob obeyed his father and went to Padan-aram to the home of Laban his mother’s brother. He served Laban, who became his father-in-law, for many years. Initially serving him for his two wives Rachel and Leah. When the agreed-upon 14 years of service for his two wives were up; Jacob asked Laban to release him, his wives, and children. Laban encouraged him to stay believing the Lord had blessed him because of Jacob. Jacob and Laban made an agreement for Jacob to stay on and the Lord blessed Jacob greatly with much cattle, servants, camels, and asses. And Laban became jealous of all the Jacob had acquired.

The Lord then instructed Jacob to leave Laban and return to “the land of your fathers.” Acknowledging the Lord’s blessing he had received; Jacob gathered his wives and family and all the cattle and goods he had accumulated under Laban and left. He did not tell Laban he was leaving but left while Laban was busy shearing his sheep.

Laban pursued Jacob and on his way was warned by God in a dream not to harm Jacob which was undoubtedly his intent. There was a confrontation between the two with Laban relating all God had told him regarding Jacob. He was not happy with Jacob leaving with his daughters and their children along with all that Jacob had acquired that Laban felt were his. There was also an issue with a stolen god of Laban’s. However, in the end, Jacob and Laban made a covenant. Laban agreed to the covenant because he was afraid of what the Lord had told him in the dream. We can see the Lord’s hand in this protecting Jacob. And Jacob, ever thankful to the Lord, offered a sacrifice on the mount to the Lord.

Jacob continued on his way heading toward where he had originally come from – the land of his fathers. And the Angels of God met him on his way. In his obedience, he was assured of the protection of God through the angels.

Jacob sent messengers ahead to his brother Esau with the messengers telling Esau of Jacob’s time with Laban and all he had accumulated in livestock and servants. The messengers returned to Jacob with news that Esau was on his way to meet Jacob with four hundred men. It seemed that Esau was not looking for a friendly meeting. Jacob was “greatly afraid and distressed, “even knowing that he had a band of angels around him. Fear can cause us to not seek the Lord in our times of trouble as we should.

Jacob made a plan and divided his band into two groups figuring that if the first group was attacked the other would escape. He then prayed to the Lord for protection. Jacob should have sought the Lord before making plans in preparation for his encounter with Esau. He knew Esau might harbor anger against him because of his deceitfulness towards his brother years ago and he is filled with fear. There’s a lesson here for us; we should seek the Lord for his will in any situation. But like Jacob, when faced with dire circumstances, we can forget to seek the Lord first.

After praying for the Lord’s help Jacob makes a plan to send ahead a present of goats, cattle, ewes, rams, colts for His brother Esau. So, Jacob prayed but then made a plan, Fear can certainly get us off track. We can pray or we can plan. If we pray we are leaning on the Lord, if we plan we are trusting in ourselves. Jacob’s faith was not yet what it should be.

That night Jacob sent his wives, his two womenservants, and his eleven sons over the ford Jabbok for protection. And the Word says of Jacob:

“And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a Man with him until the breaking of day” (Genesis 32:34).

It was God with whom Jacob wrestled. Up to his point, Jacob had prayed but planned his way. The Lord would contend with him this night. The Lord will never give a victory to the flesh. We, like Jacob, must learn to both bring our problems to the Lord, and trust in his divine power. It is always the Lord that contends with us to bring us to the end of self, and reliance on Him. Jacob was brought to a place of brokenness before the Lord in this situation.

When the Lord saw that He prevailed not against Jacob: “He touched the hollow of his thigh, and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, and he wrestled with Him.” Jacob had trusted in his ways his whole life. He now was left weak and helpless before the Lord. The dislocating of his hip left Jacob with no strength. This was to show Jacob that total dependence on the Lord was the proper way and that the flesh needed to be dealt with. It is the same with us. The Lord will contend with us to show us our weakness and our need for dependence on Him. As morning approached the Lord said:

And He (the Lord) said, let Me go, for the day breaks. And he (Jacob) said, I will not let You go, except You bless me” (Genesis 32:26).

Broken under the mighty hand of the Lord, Jacob ceased to wrestle and clung to the Lord. The Lord had wounded Him and He now will not let Him go until He blesses him. With tears and pleading for a blessing, Jacob realizes his strength is in the Lord and the Lord alone. He had tried to gain the blessing in all the wrong ways dating back to his youth with Esau, but now he understands that the blessing only comes through faith in the Lord and the sacrifice. All this points ahead to what Jesus would accomplish at the Cross. All our blessings come through the cross.

The Lord asked Jacob his name which was meant to have Jacob admit who and what he was. The name Jacob means deceiver and schemer and that is what he was. This may be the hardest place the Lord must bring us in our lives. We think pretty highly of ourselves. But like Jacob when we admit who we are before the Lord, the Lord will bless us. The Lord changed Jacobs name in the following verse:

“And he said, your name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince have you power with God and with men, and have prevailed” (Genesis 32:28).

From “Jacob the deceiver”, to “Israel the prince of God.” The Lord blesses us as we come to the understanding that it is all by grace. The flesh counts for nothing. Jesus paid the price at Calvary for all we receive from the Lord and He will bless us as we realize that in ourselves we can do nothing. The Apostle Paul said It well:

“…For when I am weak, then am I strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10)

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The King Is Calling – The Royal Decree

There Once Was A Good King That Ruled Over A Large Kingdom

Originally Published 2020

“Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6)

A Fictional Narrative

There once was a good king who ruled over a large kingdom. He had many subjects who dwelt in the kingdom and they all enjoyed all that the king provided them. The kingdom was beautiful and the king saw to it that his subjects had all they needed in life. The one thing he asked of them was for their allegiance.

The king sent out a royal decree to all those in his kingdom. The decree required his subjects to acknowledge him as king and to acknowledge his goodness and generosity towards them. Considering how good the king was to everyone, the king’s request seemed like something all those in the kingdom would be happy to affirm. However, there were those who took exception to the king’s request. The number of those that objected were not few, in fact, they were in the majority. Those close to the king were baffled by this. The king was so good to all his subjects. Why would any of them choose to deny this?

“Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing.” (Psalm 100:2)

As evident as the king’s right to rule seemed to be, and how obvious it was that the king provided bountifully for all his subjects, those opposed to the decree would not acknowledge the king or his goodness towards them. They lived their lives enjoying all the king provided, but would not recognize him as king, or acquiesce to his request regarding the decree.

Some of those in the kingdom that loved and served the king attempted to go to those opposed and share their love for the king with them and ask why they would not acknowledge such a wonderful king. They found that, for the most part, those opposed did not want to hear anything about the king. It was like a veil had been placed over their eyes and they could not see what was so obvious; that the king loved his subjects and was good to all.

“The Lord is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works.” (Psalm 145:9)

Those close to the king asked him if he might have them go out and arrest those opposed to him and cast them out of the kingdom. The king would not allow this stating that he did not want to take the chance of mistakenly casting any of his loyal subjects out of the kingdom. He would wait for the royal banquet.

“Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, gather ye together first the tares (the wicked), and bind them in to bundles to burn them (Hell): but gather the wheat (those that love the Lord) into my barn (Heaven).” (Matthew 13:30)

The royal banquet was also part of the decree. It was to be a grand event. All of the king’s subjects were invited, but those opposed to the king’s decree were not to be allowed at the banquet. It was only for those that loved and obeyed the king. It was a reward of sorts for obedience and service.

The day of the banquet came and it was a feast not to be equaled in the kingdom before or since. Those that loved the king sat with him enjoying the very finest the kingdom had to offer. Those opposed to the king were cast out of the kingdom into utter darkness. The amazing thing was that some of those opposed actually tried to get into the banquet. They felt that they deserved to attend. The king said, “I loved you and provided for all your needs. I encouraged you to come to me and acknowledge me as your king. You would not, so you will therefore not be allowed at the banquet and will be cast out of the kingdom.

“And whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life (the list of all those that have come to the Lord in faith) was cast into the Lake of Fire (forever and ever).” (Revelation 20:15)

Of course, the above is a fictional account, but the Lord God is calling out to all those in the earth today. All are to acknowledge him and His goodness. We are able to seek the Lord and come to Him in faith in this life only, once we die our fate is sealed. There is no Purgatory and there are no unbelievers in Hell. We acknowledge the Lord and His goodness by realizing that we are sinners and need a savior. His name is Jesus. He came and died for the sin of the world and promises salvation to all those who come in repentance and place their faith in Him. Jesus, the King, is calling out:

“Come all you who labor and are heavy laden (living life without the Lord) and I will give you rest (salvation through faith in Jesus and the cross).” (Matthew 11:28)

Won’t you hear Him calling out to you and come to Him today? We have no promise of tomorrow. Today is the day of salvation. The Bible says, ” ..You do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” We are here for a short time but are meant to live for eternity with the King in His goodness. Won’t you acknowledge His goodness towards you and come home to the Lord today.

“Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper (banquet) of the Lamb (Jesus).” Revelation 19:9

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