Thought of the Day 6-30-15

Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV)

The worst kind of life to live is the life of reactions, in which we are all the time affected by persons or circumstances. When we speak and somebody responds warmly to our words, we are full of joy; but we are the very opposite when our message is not well received. Being thus easily affected will inevitably produce an up-and-down experience. Don’t mistake me, it is natural to feel things deeply, but he who is governed by such feelings will always be lacking in divine strength.

It is when we lose our joy that our strength seeps away. The joy of the Lord Jesus when He was here on earth never rested on the seeming success of His mission. It was not in fact attributable to anything outward, but only to His steadfast pursuit of the will of the Father, the joy that was set before him. Thank God that we do not have to try to copy Jesus, but only to keep our eyes on His goal. His joy is ours by the Holy Spirit.

Thought of the Day 6-22-15

Sing to the Lord a new song, His praise from the ends of the earth. Isaiah 42:10

It is very easy to fall into a rut when worshiping. Worship in your church might be conducted rigidly without any variation whatsoever; your personal devotions may follow the same pattern day after day and even your prayers may seem the same. The result of all this will be a dull, monotonous relationship with God. Your times of worship should be vibrant and exciting. If this is not the case, you should seriously examine your pattern of worship and prayer.

Do not hesitate to experiment with new approaches. Even if seasoned, tested methods of worship have stood the test of time, variation in worship will prevent it from becoming lifeless. When doing Bible study, use different translations, even another language can be exciting. Try using a concordance to shed more light on the meaning of scripture, thus revealing deeper truths to you. Make use of scripture literature that will explain parts of Scripture to you or highlight new concepts. Read your Bible aloud. If you are used to meeting with God in the privacy of your room, move out into nature and allow God to speak to you.

Never be hesitant to vary the form or type of your worship. Change will bring a deeper dimension to your praise and worship. Just make sure that Jesus Christ remains the center of your worship.

Thought of the Day 6-8-15

JOHN 7:14-15

Jesus received His wisdom and knowledge by direct revelation from the Spirit of God rather than by the teachings of man. Jesus had been learning, but not through man. The Holy Ghost was His teacher. Jesus had to be taught the things of God. This looks contrary to Colossians 2:3, which says that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Jesus. If Jesus was God manifest in the flesh, why would He have to learn or be taught?

The harmony between these apparently opposite statements is that Jesus’ spirit man was 100% God and had all of the wisdom and understanding of God in it, but it was manifest in natural flesh. It wasn’t sinful flesh but it was flesh, nonetheless, and had to be educated. Jesus was not taught by man, but He was taught by the direct revelation of the Holy Spirit. The knowledge was within Him but it had to be drawn out.

At the new birth, a born-again man’s spirit “is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him” (Col. 3:10). “We have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:16), and “an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things” (1 Jn. 2:20). All of these things are a reality in our spiritual man. However, just as Jesus had to be taught, so we must draw this wisdom and knowledge out of our spirits and renew our minds with it (Rom. 12:2). This is one of the main ministries of the Holy Spirit to the believer. Through the new birth, we have received the mind of Christ in our spirit man and are in the process of growing in wisdom by drawing this knowledge out of our spirits and renewing (or reprogramming) our minds. This wisdom has to be drawn out by faith, time spent in the Word, and prayer.