The wedding feast faced an impossible situation. Mary turned to Jesus to meet this need. Jesus performed His first public ministry miracle. We also face many situations in life that are impossible for us but not for God. How does God do the impossible in our lives?
1. Ask for the impossible - Mary looked to Jesus for help.
2. Cooperate in the Impossible - Mary instructed the servants to do whatever Jesus said and they did.
3. Share the impossible - The disciples believed on Him. Their faith was strengthened.
Where do I need God to do the impossible? Ask God to provide my needs. Obey whatever He tells me in that area. Give Him the thanks and praise to others for His provision.
Walk with the Lord and do the impossible!!!
Phillip was one of the first to follow Jesus and one of the first to share the news of Jesus' coming as Messiah. Nathaniel was skeptical at first but came to believe on Jesus as well. How do we reach the skeptical?
1. Be convinced - "follow me" - Phillip was first convinced himself that Jesus was Messiah
2. Be compassionate - "find" - Phillip followed the example of Jesus who came to seek and to save the lost
3. Be consistent - "found", "come and see" - Phillip shared the message of Jesus and did not quit with the first question. Phillip also did not argue or try to trick Nathaniel.
Christ does not have to be defended just declared and demonstrated in and through my life!
Walk with the Lord and reach out to the skeptic!
Earlier in John 1:29 John the Baptist's statement to the crowd of people was, "Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world." In verse 36 he simply says, "Behold the Lamb of God." It was not necessary to repeat the whole statement as they knew what he meant. They were spiritual men. One was Andrew and the other, though unnamed, I believe was John. The moment John the Baptist said it, they left him and followed Jesus. Andrew could not wait to tell his brother Simon who later was named Cephas (meaning a stone) which he would keep the three years of discipleship. This name is also translated Peter in the Greek language.
Now do we know Jesus as the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world? Have you realized that He can take your sin away too? Now if this is true of you, have you brought someone else to Jesus? Have you noticed how eager Andrew was to tell someone the news?
Andrew is mentioned only three times in the book of John. This time is the first. Then he finds the boy with five loaves and two fish. Then in John13:21,22 when Phillip was approached by Greeks he first told Andrew and together they told Jesus. To me this presents Andrew as a people person. I want to be that too! Do you?
Much is being said today about the end of the world! There is coming an end and today's passage tells us how to have a happy or successful ending.
1. Fear - v.3:16: 4:2 - I must have a proper attitude of reverence for God and be motivated to please Him above all else.
2. Faith - v.3:18: 4:4 - I must believe and obey God in all the choices of life.
3. Family - v. 4:6 - I must influence my family to fear God and follow Him by faith.
A happy ending is possible with a right response to God!
Walk with the Lord and have a happy ending!!!
God begins these verses with, "Return unto me and I will return unto you." We are so impoverished because we stay so far away from God. God accuses them of robbing Him because they have withheld their tithes and offerings. He promises them that He will open the windows of Heaven and pour out a blessing, and that there will not be room for it. I do believe it is because of the unfaithlulness of Israel many of these things happened to her, but that will not be forever. They even made the claim that it was vain to serve God. Believe me this is never vain even in times of persecution. Jesus said, " I come quickly and my reward is with me." I will serve Him until I die. There is never a time when we can call the proud happy or workers of wickedness delivered.
I close with the next verse where they who fear God speak one to another. God hears and says, "They are mine. They will be jewels in my crown." That is where I want to be. We don't fear God for nothing. Keep talking about Him, that is Jesus Christ.
We begin with a comparison of Jacob and Esau. God reaffirms His love for Israel, and a real dislike even to a point that He calls hatred for Esau, later of the nation called Edom. It is not the man or the nation, but the evil of the man Esau and the wickedness of the nation. The New Testament calls Esau a profane person in Hebrews 12:16. We don't want to be like him.
Next, God is making a comparison of son and father where He says, "If I am your Father where is my honor or if I am Master where is my fear or respect." God talks about polluted bread on the altar. Then the sacrifice of blind sleep. I don't know if this is symbolic or literal. I must be careful not to offer blind sheep or polluted bread symbolically to God. Romans 12:1 says we are to lay down our bodies as living sacrifices. That means all that I have and all that I am.
Next is money for everything we do. Here in the text it is opening the doors of the temple or making a fire on the altar. Do I need compensation for everything I do for the Lord. God ends up this chapter saying enough of your blind sheep and polluted bread for I am a great King says the LORD of hosts. In this chapter there is a blessing for obedience or a great loss otherwise.
Nahum declares the greatness of God.
1. God is jealous
2. God is merciful
3. God is powerful
4. God is God is just
5. God is good
6. God is true
7. God is faithful
God demonstrates these qualities every day in my life. Discover His greatness - see Him in His glory each day! Declare His glory - speak of His greatness to others. Demonstrate His glory - seek to develop and show these same qualities in my life to glorify Him.
Walk with the Lord and declare the greatness of our God!!!
Paul shares more of his experience in the grace of God. God's grace is the undeserved desire and power to do God's will sufficiently supplied through Christ.
1. Abandonment - Paul learned to stand alone by God's grace when there was no other human friend
2. Approval - Paul learned the strength of God's grace in the inner man
3. Affinity - Paul experienced the grace of God through co-workers who served with him.
Paul's final word was that he desired all to experience God's grace in their lives. Humble myself today and acknowledge my need of grace. Through faith appropriate God's grace through a willingness to do His will. With thanksgiving, rest in God's grace to do what I cannot do in my own ability.
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There is a great comparison in these few verses. There are two men in Egypt who seemed to do miracles every time God did something through Moses, but there was a time when they couldn't duplicate God's miracles. Here in these verses Paul says that evil men can go so far and no farther.
Now Paul makes a comparison of his own life and says, "Thou has fully known my life." The first is doctrine. This is the truth of God that Paul taught. Next is the kind of life he lived. Then there was his purpose or what he was driven by. His faith was next which was true faith. He being onto everything God promised as if his life depended on it and it did. Long suffering, charity and patience. All of the above is a definition of Paul's life and it ought to be defining of our life also.
The conclusion is to live godly in Christ whether or not that we suffer persecution. Believe me things are getting hotter for those who live godly in this United States of America. Are you up to the task? Am I?