Beyond Description – Jesus My Lord!

Scripture: Revelation 19.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

Revelation 19:11-16 (NLT)

11 Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war.

12 His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself.

13 He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God.

14 The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses.

15 From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress.

16 On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

I wonder what it will be like when we open our eyes in heaven and see our Lord! Just look at the challenging job John had in finding a name to give Him when he saw Him: Faithful and True; Word of God; King of all kings; Lord of all lords. Wow, no matter how much we look forward to the day and the expectation of seeing the One who sacrificed His life so that we might enjoy eternal life in glory, yet I’m sure that our bottom jaw will drop and our hearts will be filled with excitement and joy at seeing our Savior face to face! For those reading this who knows my Lord, you will appreciate and share the excitement that I feel in reflecting on this. For others who may read this and feel nothing at all, please contact me using the email address below so that I could introduce you to my Redeemer so that you too may catch a glimpse of this awesome moment that Christians look forward to. I would welcome and enjoy the opportunity to share more with you. With so much uncertainty in this world that we live in, why not bring in the New Year with this one thing, the absolutely most important decision you could make, being firmed up? It is way too important to delay this decision friend.

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Lord Jesus, thank You for the assurance of eternal life with You! Thank You for the joy that I can live with even today as I think about heaven and the idea of looking into Your wonderful face and singing praises to You. Although I have lots I can question as to why You would do all this for humble me, I believe that You did and I thank You for displaying such love for me. I am Yours, and I know without a doubt that one day I will see You, just as John did in his vision told about in this passage of scripture. Thank You Lord Jesus!

 

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Yet I will Praise The Lord!

Scripture: Habakkuk 3.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NLT)

17 Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty,

18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!

19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer, able to tread upon the heights.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

It is so easy for us to get caught up in all the events around us and all the doom and gloom, that we just find no reason to praise the Lord. It is so easy for us to feel sorry for ourselves and deliberately avoid praising God for the good things that are going on in our lives. Unfortunately we flourish on the attention we receive when we are down in the mouth. Well friends, I would encourage you to read the first two chapters of Habakkuk and see for yourself how this prophet complained and cried out to God because he thought that God was totally ignoring the circumstances affecting him and his country. To help us turn our attitudes around, I want to recommend that we always find something to thank God for before we ask Him for something. You see, even if we have a broken arm, let’s praise Him for the good arm we still have. I have recently heard some folk who were in deep pain personally, say how grateful they are, especially when they see the agony someone else is in. In other words, in spite of their pain, they find reason to praise the God of this universe, our Creator and Lord, Jesus Christ. Let’s take as our motto that in spite of what may be going on in our lives or around us, we will always rejoice in, and praise the God of our salvation!

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Lord, You are holy and extremely awesome! Thank You for creating me, giving me daily bread and good health to enjoy all the wonderful things around me. Thank You for blessing me with a family and Christian brothers and sisters who pray for me and stand by me, especially when I need a hand up. You are always there for me and there is no one like You. I have so much to be thankful for, even before I could find anything to whine or complain about. I am most blessed, thank You for loving even me!

 

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Are You Ready?

Scripture: Revelation 16.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

Revelation 16:8-15 (NLT)

8 Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, causing it to scorch everyone with its fire.

9 Everyone was burned by this blast of heat, and they cursed the name of God, who had control over all these plagues. They did not repent of their sins and turn to God and give him glory.

10 Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. His subjects ground their teeth in anguish,

11 and they cursed the God of heaven for their pains and sores. But they did not repent of their evil deeds and turn to God.

 

15 “Look, I will come as unexpectedly as a thief! Blessed are all who are watching for me, who keep their clothing ready so they will not have to walk around naked and ashamed.”

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

As I’ve read through the Bible I have seen where there have been many warnings about the wrath of God, His second coming, His dislike of sin and sinful acts. I have also noticed where warnings have often failed, and consequently thousands of people have suffered cruel deaths. We are no different today. It’s not until something drastic occurs that the whole country goes on high alert and we become very cautious and protective for a period of time. Back when the unfortunate incident occurred on 9/11/2001, there were lines backed up at churches nearby the Trade Center, and the following Sunday morning churches were filled. Unfortunately each Sunday after that saw declining congregations and today committed Christians are out knocking on doors to try and get folk out to church. In the verses above you will notice (verse 9) where the people recognized that God was the author of the disaster with the extreme heat of the sun, because the people cursed God. But at the end of the verse we are told that the people did not repent of their sins. In verses 10 and 11 we can see a similar occurrence and the unfortunate end result. In verse 15 God reminds us that He will come unexpectedly. This tells me that we are to be a family/church/city/state/nation that is poised and ready to meet our Savior should He come today. Are you ready to meet your Maker friend? Have you truly committed your life to Him and now experiencing a relationship with Him? It will hurt me immensely if I knew that Jesus came to collect His people and that you read this devotional and it didn’t help you to turn your life around and turn to Jesus. Please consider seeing your pastor or a trusted Bible teaching believer today and asking them to introduce you to their best friend, Jesus. Please don’t wait until Saturday or Sunday, you may not be around then. If you would rather contact me for more information, please use the email address in the last paragraph and I will gladly help you. After reading this today you will make a very critical decision. I pray that it will be one that will change your life and your eternal destination forever!

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Lord Jesus, I thank You for saving me from the pits of Hell and giving me the assurance of eternal life with You. I strongly believe that someone will read this and they will ponder the importance, or necessity of change in their lives. Please soften their hearts and help them to see how truly important this decision is. Please burden their hearts to make the right decision while they are still able to. Please help them to understand and grasp the significance of what You did on Calvary just for them. I love You Lord and I thank You in advance for what You will do with Your Word today!

 

**Words underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:
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What Has Jesus Done to Make You Tired of Him?

Scripture: Micah 6.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

Micah 6:2-3 (NLT)

2 And now, O mountains, listen to the LORD’s complaint! He has a case against his people. He will bring charges against Israel.

3 “O my people, what have I done to you? What have I done to make you tired of me? Answer me!

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

We often hear the scripture verse quoted about God saying to us “well done good and faithful servant” and I’m sure most psychologists will tell you that it is best for you to concentrate on the positive, rather than the negative. However, I want to encourage those who have accepted Jesus as Lord to stop and consider all that God has done for us – not just His death on the cross to save us from our sin, but all that we could attribute to Him each day/week/month/year. Now, consider all that and also honestly acknowledge how often we fail to acknowledge Him as Lord of our lives, and fail to give Him credit for the miracles brought about in our lives. Unfortunately, I believe that many ‘Christians’ would acknowledge that far too often we fall short. Ever stop to think about how that must make God feel? I believe that Micah, the same prophet who just one chapter earlier prophesied the birth of our Savior, in verse 3 of chapter 6 he is now quoting what God has shared with him, and I believe this is how God must feel even today when we fail to acknowledge Him as Lord. If you are feeling like you may have drifted away from Jesus and that you are not in the close relationship that you once felt between you and Him, then I believe that He is asking you the same words expressed in verse 3. Right at the end of the verse we are asked to answer God about this unfortunate position we have allowed. What is your answer today friend? There’s an old time gospel hymn titled “Have a Little Talk with Jesus“. One of the lines in the hymn says that having this little talk with Jesus will make everything alright! Don’t delay friend. Have this talk with Jesus and make things right between you and Him.

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

To answer Your question “What have I done to Make you Tired of Me” would embarrass me to the extreme this morning dear Lord, because I would have to beg for forgiveness for being so slack in my commitment with You, for being such a stranger to You that You would feel like I must be offended by something You did or said. The truth is dear Lord, that You are the perfect Lord that You have always been, and it is me that has allowed too much of this world to filter into my life. Please forgive me. Please draw me close to You. Please lead me into a path of righteousness today so that I may be more like You in every way. For I believe that as this world sees more of Jesus in His people , they too will want to know the Savior who died for us all. Thank You for loving me anyway, and please know that there is nothing wrong that You have done, but it’s me oh Lord, standing in the need of prayer. Speak to my friends who might be in this position today. Revive us with Your Holy Spirit that we may find strength for each day to be strong in our walk and relationship with You.

 

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Do You Expect An Answer?

Scripture: Micah 3.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

Micah 3:4 (NLT)

4 Then you beg the LORD for help in times of trouble! Do you really expect him to answer? After all the evil you have done, he won’t even look at you!”

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

If I was walking down the street and a stranger walked up to me and asked for something from me, my defenses would probably go on high alert wondering if there might be ulterior motives from this stranger. In another thought, if my nephew walked up to me and asked for something that I know would benefit him in school, I bet that he would barely get it from his mouth and I would be looking for ways to help him. The difference is ‘trust’ and a deep love because of the relationship developed, or as in the case of the first scenario, the lack of all this. When I read this chapter this morning I was reminded of similar situations with folk that approach our sovereign God today. All too often I believe that total strangers, or at least folk that abandon God until they need Him again, sit back and expect God to look out for their best interest because He is a kind and loving God. I become so afraid that God must look at some folk and ask the question of them “and, who are you again?” Micah, in his prophecy to Israel asked them, “Do you really expect Him to answer?” Friends, God is not a biblical Santa Claus that always looks out for you regardless of how you ignore Him the rest of the day or year. God is more interested in your heart than any other physical need you may feel like you need or want. Do you really know Him today? Have you developed a relationship with Him and work every day to maintain that relationship? Do your part friend, then you can sit back and wait for your answers from God. Don’t reject Him with your left hand, while holding out your right hand for His blessings and miracles.

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Lord Jesus, thank You for hearing my cry for salvation some 36 years ago. Please speak to me and remind me each day, as You did in these verses this morning, that it is through my living, daily relationship with You that I can expect Your miraculous touch on my life. Please help me to walk closer with You each day than the day before and to stay in constant communication with You. I am in such dire need of Your direction in my life and especially in my daily walk, so that I may not disappoint the world in the One that I represent. Take my hand precious Lord, and lead me…..

 

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Remain faithful and Endure to the End

Scripture: Revelation 13.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

Revelation 13:9-10 (NLT)

9 Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.

10 Anyone who is destined for prison will be taken to prison. Anyone destined to die by the sword will die by the sword. This means that God’s holy people must endure persecution patiently and remain faithful.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

God’s Word is truly all sufficient and filled with nuggets that will not only help us to live righteous lives today, but also prepares us for life as described in verse 10, and of course, life eternally with God. We are to prepare ourselves for persecution by the anti-Christ, but friends, we must always remember that it’s not what we endure today, but what we have to look forward to when we see Christ! Praise God forever, we have a day coming when we will stand face to face with the creator of this universe and worship Him forever! In the meantime, and with God’s strength, we can overcome all things that may come our way! Of course, we would need a relationship with Jesus Christ in order to ask for His help during this awful time of persecution. How is it with you friend? Do you know my friend in this way? Can you truly depend on Him? I would be happy to help direct you, if you need help in deciding or in surrendering. It will be worth it all, when we see Jesus!

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Lord Jesus, thank You for the assurance of salvation, and ultimately, life eternally with You. Thank You that I have a Savior in whom I can depend and through whom I have hope. Please help me to share that hope that I have in You so that Your joy may be extended to those that I love and care for. Please help us to develop strength in our days here on earth so that we may endure to the end when persecution comes.

 

**Words underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:
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Let Justice and Righteous Living Prevail

Scripture: Amos 5.  

OBSERVATION
(What is God saying here?)

Amos 5:21-24 (NLT)

21 “I hate all your show and pretense— the hypocrisy of your religious festivals and solemn assemblies.

22 I will not accept your burnt offerings and grain offerings. I won’t even notice all your choice peace offerings.

23 Away with your noisy hymns of praise! I will not listen to the music of your harps.

24 Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, an endless river of righteous living.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)

Verse 24 really got my attention from God this morning. We make such a great deal out of attending worship services each week, and of course, fulfilling our obligation to teach or serve around the church. But God made it clear through His prophet Amos that He hates the show and pretense. In fact, in verse 23 He even says that He will not listen to our peace offerings, hymns of praise and our music. I believe that He meant that these things, although they can be used to glorify Him, when they come from a ‘dirty’ heart filled with malice for a brother or sister, really makes God distraught with us and He is angered and made sick to His stomach with our pretentions. I am so happy that God didn’t just leave it there, but He went on in verse 24 to say what He is really expecting and looking for in us: (a) A mighty flood of justice, and (b) An endless river of righteous living. Friends, we can fool our friends and we may even fool our pastor, but God sees deeper than all this when He looks at the heart and understands our intentions. Righteous living means that we are living right with God. Living as He would. How is it with you today friend? Would your actions make God sick, or would it satisfy Him that we are sincere and living righteous lives?

PRAYER
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)

Father I pray that today may be a day or reality for us and that we may be open and honest in our relationship with You in all that we do and all that we say. Please bless me with Your presence and may I represent You well in everything that I do and say. May I be seen in light of Your righteousness today.

 

**Words underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:
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