Wednesday, July 23, 2008 430: a.m.
We don’t hear much about Nathanael, though he was one of the twelve disciples. Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said, “Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” (John 1:47). “No guile” means that Nathanael spoke his mind and told the truth. Nathanael asked Jesus, “…Whence knowest thou me?” (John 1:48). Jesus answered, “…when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.” (John 1:48). Because Jesus said that He saw him under the fig tree, Nathanael answered and said, “…Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.” (John 1:49). As a matter of fact, Nathanael was the first to call Jesus the Son of God. Can you imagine how his faith must have leaped once he experienced all the miracles Jesus performed. Yet, we don’t read about Nathanael again, at least not to any great extent. Nathanael was a man of great faith, but he was not one of the great disciples as Peter, James and John. He was unnoticed; yet he remained faithful to the end. Some of us, like Nathanael, have great faith, but we seem forgotten. Yet, though we may be unnoticed, we, like Nathanael, must remain faithful and continue in Christ’s ministry that will change the world.
Thought for Today: Though I may be forgotten, I will sing His praise. Though I may be unnoticed, I will speak His name. In His service I will be faithful, though unnoticed I remain.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007 4:15 a.m.
The rich young ruler was a seeker of eternal life; yet, he missed it. He asked Jesus, “Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 18:18). The Lord said, “…sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.” (Luke 18:22). God knows our heart, and if we love something more than we love Him, “that” is our God. The rich young ruler’s God was his riches. In order for him to sell all and follow Jesus would have meant that he would have to sell his families’ fortune that had been in his family for generations. And if he did that, he would most likely be disowned by his family. He was a seeker, but he went away lost. He was not willing to pay the cost. There is always a cost. One must be willing to give up all, and sometimes that can be a big order; but, we must give up all in order to gain all.
Thought for Today: Jesus said, “For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” (Luke 18:25).
Monday, October 23, 2006 3:50 a.m.
“For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then we were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” (II Corinthians 5:14-15). Because Christ died for us we are to live for him, and not for ourselves. Our self is our greatest enemy. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). How true this is. “For that which I do I allow not: For what I would, that do I not: but what I hate, that do I.” (Romans 7:15). My greatest enemy is me. “…the Spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41). That is why Paul says in I Corinthians 15:31, “I die daily.” We must die daily to ourselves. This is hard to do, but the love of Christ, that means His love for us, causes us to do so. He loved us enough to leave his Kingship in heaven and came to earth, and die for us so we could be reconciled unto God. Because He did this for us, we should be motivated to live for Him.
Thought for Today: “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24).
Monday, August 22, 2005 4:14 a.m.
Jesus refers to us as sheep. What kind of sheep are you? There are 5 kinds of sheep.
1). False Sheep – They say they are saved, but they are deceiving themselves. They are wolves in sheep clothing. (I John 2:19).
2. Stunted Sheep – They are carnal, always needing milk, unable to be fed meat. They are forever baby Christians who will enter heaven as by fire. (Hebrews 5:13).
3. Poisoned Sheep – They have been fed false doctrine and have become weak and sickly. (Matthew 7:5).
4. Wounded Sheep – They have been hurt, but instead of letting the shepherd mend their wounds, they carry emotional scars that turn into a root of bitterness. (Hebrews 12:15).
5. Lost Sheep – They are the unsaved without a shepherd. (John 10:16).
It reminds me of that beautiful painting of Jesus reaching down the side of a cliff to recuse one of His sheep. Which sheep are you?
Thought for Today: “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.” (John 10:14).
Wednesday, May 19, 2004 5:45 a.m.
How does one draw into a sweetness and total confidence in the Savior? It is not something that comes naturally. It goes against our nature to completely abandon our own will, our own wants, our own desires, and our own logical thinking and just turn them over to a sovereign God. Not knowing where He may lead us or how it will all end makes it hard for us to trust in God enough to say, “What now, Lord?” Yet, scripture tells us to, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3: 5-6). This is when we have to believe that God loves us and He only has good for us. Then we can rest assured that no matter where He leads us it is for our good and God’s glory. “Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” (Psalms 2:12 ).
Thought for Today: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28).
Thursday, May 13, 2004 10:15 a.m.
Have you ever wished for something believing that it would come in the future? Last night it was as if the Lord allowed me to see a glimpse of the future, and it was not what I expected. Has this ever happened to you? What you imagined would be so grand turns out to be just ordinary. Most of the time in our lives things are just ordinary. The ordinary hum-drum of everyday living. You dream that you will be doing something more grand in the future, at least more grand than you are doing now; but, in reality you most likely won’t be. This glimpse of the future has opened my eyes. It has showed me that I need to treasure each moment that I have been given now, instead of longing for some future happening. I need to take every “now” and do something with it, instead of waiting for a “better time”. I need to trust God now, follow His lead and accept what portion I have been given today. I need to thank God for who I am today; for never shall I be more.
Thought for Today: Take each moment, each memory, even each pain with all its hurt and loneliness, and accept them as a gift from God. We only have “now” and God has tomorrow.
Tuesday, April 27, 2004 5:00 a.m.
The word if is small, but yet it has so much meaning. For example, one could say, if I long for spiritual flattery I have the wrong motives. If I long for men’s approval instead of God’s approval, it will come to not. Actually, the Lord said “if” more than he said “do”. Here are a few scriptures that start with the word If. “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you…” (John 15:7). “If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted?..” (Genesis 4:7). “…if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments…” (Deuteronomy 11:13). “…If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed…” (Matthew 17:20). “…if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart…thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9). “If any man serve me, let him follow me…” (John 12:26). “…If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23). “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15). Amy Carmichael wrote, “If there be any reserve in my giving to Him who so loved that He gave His Dearest for me; if there be as secret “but” in my prayer, ‘anything but that, Lord,’ then I know nothing of Calvary love.” (IF, p. 57).
Thought for Today: Lord, help me with my if’s. Help me obey, follow, believe, and please Thee. Help me say, “If it be Thy will, Lord.”