Just One More Task

38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house.
39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching.
40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.”
41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,
42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42

Just one more task then I will b through; Are the thoughts of Martha as Jesus steps into the house while Martha is in preparation of the food for her guests. ” Tell Mary to come and help me” as Martha urged for Him to take action. She was missing the point of His visitation. We can be taken away from tasks and tasks will be taken away from us when we leave this Earth. Preparation is vital but when He comes, will we still be preparing or will we be like Mary who is ready at His calling?

God has not blessed us with our families, friends, jobs, abilities and other gifts to give us an excuse to abandon a close walk with Him. Without Him we can do nothing.

A Stirring

When the soul is led by the Holy Spirit to take a clear view of Jesus in his various offices, how speedily the heart is on fire with love! To see him stooping from his throne to become man, next yielding to suffering to become man’s sympathizing friend, and then bowing to death itself to become his ransom, is enough to stir every passion of the soul. To discern him by faith as the propitiation for sin, sprinkling his own blood within the veil, and nailing our sins to his cross, is a sight which never fails to excite the reverent, yet rapturous admiration of the beholder. – Charles Spurgeon

So can we, by accepting Him Lord over our life and carrying our cross daily. Luke 14:27 “And whosoever cannot bear His own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple”

How Loud Is Your Need?

We all have a need

But how far are we willing to go in order to receive it?

By stepping out in faith.

The Blind beggars – Matthew 20:29:34
Commented by the words of Gary Farris.

29 And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him.

– At this time Jesus’ fame was substantial, thus, resulted in large crowds following Him as He touched many lives.

30 And behold, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”

– This was not a time to be silent but to speak out and wait for the reply ” what do you want me to do for you?”

31 The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”

– What if they would have listened to the crowd and kept quiet? Jesus could see that they were blind, but without hearing them ask they could not have received.

32 And stopping, Jesus called them and said, “What do you want me to do for you?”

– He stopped, made Himself known as the crowd halted and was astonished about what was about to happen.

33 They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.”

– They asked, believing that He was the Healer so they cast their need into Him and they received!

34 And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and followed him.

– With pity, (Noun:
The feeling of sorrow and compassion caused by the suffering and misfortunes of others.)

He had compassion for these men and so too desires to hear how much we need Him in every part of our life.

Christ never lingers long with dumb souls; if there be no crying out to him, he departs. What a marvelous influence prayer has upon our fellowship with Jesus! We may always measure one by the other. Those pray most fervently and frequently who have been constant attendants on the kind Intercessor; while, on the other hand, those who wrestle the hardest in supplication will hold the angel the longest. Joshua’s voice stayed the sun in the heavens for a few hours; but the voice of prayer can detain the Sun of righteousness for months and even years. – Charles Spurgeon

How loud are your needs?

Thief in the Night

For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 1 Thess. 5:2

3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them,
4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.
5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept.
6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’
7 Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ Matthew 25:3-8

“Lord may our houses be prepared so that when you come we are ready to receive You Lord. Let us have enough oil to last through the nights to keep Your Word alive in us.”

Held By God’s Unchanging Hand

It is the highest stage of manhood to have no wish, no thought, no desire, but Christ to feel that to die were bliss, if it were for Christ that to live in penury, and woe, and scorn, and contempt, and misery, were sweet for Christ to feel that it matters nothing what becomes of one’s self, so that our Master is but exalted to feel that though, like a sere leaf, we are blown in the blast, we are quite careless whither we are going, so long as we feel that the Master’s hand is guiding us according to His will. – Charles Spurgeon

“Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness…” Psalm 5:8

The Way

There is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved, but Jesus Christ and him crucified. There were not two arks, but one ark: so there are not two Saviours, but one Saviour. There was no other means of salvation except the ark: so there is no plan of deliverance except by Jesus Christ, the Saviour of sinners. In vain you climb the lofty top of Sinai. In vain you climb to the highest pinnacles of your self-conceit and your worldly merit: ye shall be drowned for “other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid Jesus Christ. – Charles Spurgeon

John 15:6 ” I am the way, and the Truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.”

Describing Love

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Love to Christ smooths the path of duty, and wings the feet to travel it: it makes the life of sincere devotion. Love has a clear eye; but it can see only one thing, it is blind to every interest but that of its Lord; it seeth things in the light of his glory, and weigheth actions in the scales of his honor; it counts royalty but drudgery if it cannot reign for Christ, but it delights in servitude as much as in honor, if it can thereby advance the Master’s kingdom; its end sweetens all its means; its object lightens its toil, and removes its weariness. – Charles Spurgeon

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant
5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

– love never fails, love never gives up, love endures through all.

He Has Gone Before Us

Hebrews 6:20 ESV
“where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”

Everything that we needed has been accomplished, achieved, won, & finished.

What’s that mean? That every battle is already won!

How? He overcame the World

overcome past participle of o·ver·come (Verb) Verb:
Succeed in dealing with (a problem or difficulty).
Defeat (an opponent); prevail: “we shall overcome”.

Matthew 11:28-30 ESV
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

We can lay every burden, weight and sin at the foot of the Cross

Splendor of the King

Isaiah 6:1-8

1 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.
2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”
4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar.
7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”
8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

Seraphim, which means “burners;” they burn in love to God, and zeal for his glory against sin. The seraphim showing their faces veiled, declares that they are ready to yield obedience to all God’s commands, though they do not understand the secret reasons of his counsels, government, or promises. All vain-glory, ambition, ignorance, and pride, would be done away by one view of Christ in his glory. This awful vision of the Divine Majesty overwhelmed the prophet with a sense of his own vileness. We are undone if there is not a Mediator between us and this holy God. A glimpse of heavenly glory is enough to convince us that all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.

God’s Song

The song that God told Moses to write down in the book of the law (Deuteronomy) to instruct the people. It’s a rather long song and a very important song…with a big ending. It’s a song that tells a story and issues a warning. On this day Moses seems to have introduced the writing technique that country music song writers would use centuries later – the story song.

Deuteronomy 32:10
10 “He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of the wilderness; he encircled him, he cared for him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.
11 Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that flutters over its young, spreading out its wings, catching them, bearing them on its pinions,
12 the LORD alone guided him, no foreign god was with him.
13 He made him ride on the high places of the land, and he ate the produce of the field, and he suckled him with honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock.

The Hand of Grace

If I once wandered on a mountain top, and Jesus climbed up and caught me, and put me on his shoulders, and carried me home, I cannot and dare not doubt that He is my Shepherd. If I had belonged to some other sheep-owner, he would not have sought me. And from the fact that He did seek, I learn that He must be my Shepherd. Could I trace my deliverance to the hand of a creature, I should think that some creature might be my shepherd, but since he who has been reclaimed of God must confess that God alone has “done it, such a one will feel persuaded that the Lord must be his Shepherd, because He brought him, He delivered him. – Charles Spurgeon

All for a Bowl of Beans

Genesis 25:29-34

Once when Jacob was cooking stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted. And Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stew, for I am exhausted!” (Therefore his name was called Edom.) Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright now.” Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” Jacob said, “Swear to me now.” So he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright. (Genesis 25:29-34)

– This World cannot satisfy; Only demotes the inner being by seducing temptations that further fog, choke and squeeze every bit of your life. Until you die by the very temptation that you gave in at when you thought you had to have it.

– But God, with grace sent His only Son who stepped onto Earth some 2000 years ago for us to be reconciled. This story of Esau and Jacob easily explains the distractions that so easily entangles us that lead us giving in to a temptation that might very well begin the spiral of a backslid lifestyle of being so numb that we don’t feel conviction.

 

~ Be Ready, Stay Focused, and Never Look Back ~

Head for the Hill!

John 10:27
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;

Think about the last time that you were infatuated at the feet of Jesus? Is there still a fire that is shut up in your bones? Or have we become content by staying in our tents of complacency down below?

As the Lord directed me to the Bible Study some weeks ago that I presented to Catalyst, that Word is still in my spirit! God has pregnated another Word as He said to me ” I’m calling you to higher ground”.

God dwells in the high and holy place.
In order to get where He is, we must come out from where we are. We must be separate from this world. Sanctified unto God, or better known as a consecrated vessel.

2 Timothy 2:21
Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. (ESV)

We cannot live a double life, of walking down that hill to live in Sodom and go back to the hill for rest and forgiveness.

Lot did not belong in the city of Sodom, we too cannot take up residence in such an evil atmosphere of temptation.

God brought to my attention how Abraham was apart from that city Sodom.
Just as Abraham lived on top of the hills, down below was the evil city of Sodom and Gomorrah. Where doubt, Unforgiveness, perversion, idolatry was present.

While some like to stay in a state of sin where it only last for a season, there is another choice to leave that life and head for the hill. peace, rest and more importantly Salvation can be found in Him.
His love makes it worth it all. We can lay everything down.

Are you ready for an overflow? Where Unforgiveness and pride are burned off–welcome to your next level.

Solitude

The old saying is, “Go from nature up to nature’s God;” but it is hard working up hill. The best thing is to go from nature’s God down to nature; and if you once get to nature’s God, and believe Him, and love Him, it is surprising how easy it is to hear music in the waves, and songs in the wild whisperings of the winds; to see God every where, in the stones, in the rocks, in the rippling brooks, and hear him everywhere in the lowing of cattle, in the rolling of thunders, and in the fury of tempests. Get Christ first, put him in the right place, and you will find him to be the wisdom of God in your own experience.
– Unknown Author

To be in a complete place of solitude, to be so sensitive to His Spirit, to be captivated by the very incense of His nature of being such a loving, Holy, Righteous, omnipotent, just, awesome God. – Gary