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"Redeemed to Serve" Zechariah 2

Monday, December 10, 2018

Jim Reed

There is so much work to do. We fumble and fail.  We look into the mirror and cry out, “Why me?”  The Lord then directs us to get our face out of the mirror of my our heart. He tells us to fix our gaze on his Holy Word. 

God’s Word enters the scene and lifts the curtain on our drama.  God did just that with the prophet Zechariah. Things weren’t looking very good. Then Zechariah received a vision of a man with a measuring line in his hand. We find out that God had a holy construction project under way that no one knew about. That has got to change. God wants his people to be aware that he himself is at work in our hearts. We are his holy construction project.

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"Saved to Serve" Zechariah 1:1-17 - Monday, December 3, 2018

At the beginning of creation God saw all that he made and pronounced a benediction: “...very good.” Today, the world is languishing in chaos. Light has come, but people prefer darkness. 

We are very fortunate that in the midst of the chaos of “modern culture,” we can again have the Word of God creating order out of the chaos. 

God will cause the darkness to disappear in the brilliant light of the gospel.  God will speak, “kind and comforting words" (Zechariah 1:13) to all who choose to turn to him. They will begin to be healed from sin and rebellion. The smile that once marked creation will now be in our hearts.  A renewed benediction will be declared by God himself with a smile from heaven: “...very good.”

"Our Holy Assurance Policy" 1 John 1:1-4 - Monday, November 26, 2018

We will be looking into a letter from heaven that is addressed directly to us. God knows our address if we belong to him. And God's letter knows exactly how to speak to our hearts. We will be looking into the first letter that the Apostle John wrote to us. Open your mail box and receive it. You’ve got mail – the Word of God.

It is so easy to get side-tracked and discombobulated in our walk with the Lord. There are so many weird ideas and philosophies that are always ready to threaten our security in Christ. The name of this letter written directly to us can be called: “Our Holy Assurance Policy.” God doesn’t waste holy ink. Every word is important. Every word will work together to build up our faith and keep us strong.  This is one assurance policy we should know well.  Don’t leave home without it.

"Trust In the Lord" Psalm 37:1-6 - Monday, November 19, 2018

There is a lot in this world to upset us.  Sometimes just the common, everyday events of life can bring us down.  God wants to lift us up.  God has given us his Word to help us.  Psalm 37 is wisdom to be used to counter the impact of discouragement.  It begins with three simple words: “Do not fret.”

We are given three tasks, each followed by a promise: "Trust in the LORD… Delight in the LORD… Commit your way to the LORD" (Psalm 37:3-5).  God has given us a path to follow.  He is the Good Shepherd. His shepherd’s staff will lead and guide us into the promises awaiting all who follow his lead.  When our time of testing is over we will look back on the wisdom given to us.  We will rejoice that Psalm 37 began with a simple admonition that was not so simple after all.

"The Spirit of Conviction" John 16:8-11 - Monday, November 12, 2018

The Holy Spirit will bring God's truth into this world by the power of conviction. Jesus said it this way, "When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment" (John 16:8). We probably could not think of three things this world would most NOT want to have revealed. However, the Holy Spirit will help people yield to God's view of reality.

This supernatural conviction has been going on for 2,000 years. And this conviction will supernaturally penetrate this world until the return of Christ. What this world needs now, more than anything, is this holy penetration of the blessed conviction of the Holy Spirit.  It will lead to the miracle of God's salvation to all who receive Jesus as their Savior. Please pray that this miracle will explode upon our land today.

"The Spirit of Truth" John 14:15-17 - Monday, November 5, 2018

Truth is a much needed commodity in this world. Truth can also be a much troubling reality. Sometimes we may not want to know the truth. However, when God himself is the source of truth, there can be nothing this world needs more. God knows what he's doing. God sent Jesus.

God's truth is not mere information. God's truth is the correct diagnosis as to what is wrong in this world. And that diagnosis is that this world is lost in sin. And sin is killing us. With God's diagnosis comes God's remedy: Jesus Christ. All who obey, that is, say "Yes" to God's plan, will then receive God's truth. And that truth will be made real through the presence of the Holy Spirit in all who obey. This is the greatest miracle in all the world. This miracle is still being offered today to anyone willing to obey – Believe!

"The Heart of the Gospel" John 3:16 - Monday, October 29, 2018

It doesn't take a brain surgeon to know that something is desperately wrong with this world. If it were only a matter of brain surgery, maybe we could do something about it. There is no human solution. In fact, common human intelligence misses the diagnosis all together. And if the diagnosis is missed, the cure will also be missed.

God is love.  God created the world and by his own assessment, declared what he made to be "very good" (Genesis 1:31). Sin entered the world and made things very bad. But God is love. In his love he will bring justice to bear on all that is wrong. God will make all things right by joining HIS love with HIS justice. "God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).

"It Is Good to Learn God's Word" Psalm 119:65-72 - Monday, October 22, 2018

God is the author of all that is good. In fact, God's beautiful, miraculous work of creation is summed up with these words, "God saw all that he had made, and it was very good" (Genesis 1:31). Now, that's good news.  But there's more good news. All who belong to God may now call on God's Word. "Do good to your servant according to your word, O LORD" (Psalm 119:65). 

The fact that God's Word is good is why there can be such a plea. Thank God. The 9th octave in Psalm 119 begins with a blessed request in v. 65. Then, it ends with this good proclamation, "The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver or gold" (Psalm 119:72). This section of Psalm 119 begins with a humble request and ends with a miraculous reality open to anyone willing to bow.

"All Scripture Is God-breathed" 2 Timothy 3:16-18 - Monday, October 15, 2018

Do miracles happen? When a person is holding a Bible in their hands they are holding on to a miracle. Yes, miracles happen. Once a person becomes a believer in Jesus Christ the miracle of God's Word becomes their breath of life. The Apostle Paul described God's Word  this way: "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

God himself has provided a way for anyone who belongs to him through Jesus Christ to have access to HIS breath of life: God's Word. All who call on Jesus Christ as their Savior have been born again by the same Spirit that has also delivered to us the Word of God. Do miracles happen? Yes. All anyone has to do is dig deeply into God's Word.

"The Gospel and the Cross of Christ Matthew 16:21-23 - Monday, October 8, 2018

It is a shock to human beings that we are dead to God without his intervention. Paul said it this way, "The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, because they are spiritually discerned" (1 Corinthians 2:14).

God does not play favorites. Even Peter, who earlier gave a blessed confession of the identity of  Jesus, proved that he could not accept the things that come from God. Jesus gave the plan of salvation that included his suffering and death. Peter didn't hesitate to jump on Jesus' plan with disgust. Peter was quickly corrected by the divine correction of Truth Incarnate. This divine correction is still alive and ready to save anyone who would humbly bow to the truth of Jesus Christ.


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