Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
This world is predictable: it changes. Things grow and things die Seasons come and seasons go. No matter what else we know about this life, we can be certain that the things that are today will somehow change tomorrow. But in the midst of the world where everything swirls and changes like shifting sands, we can rest on the reality that our God is always the same.
Scripture reminds us that God is not like man, always changing His mind. God is not fickle, flip flopping back and forth between things. Instead, we know that God is eternal, God is faithful, God is forever the same. What God promised thousands of years ago, He still promises today and still makes good on. How God interacted with His people over the course of history is the same way that He interacts with His people today. God is always who He says He is and is always doing that which He has promised He would do.
This is such good news for you and me. When health turns to sickness, or when youthfulness turns to gray haired wisdom, or when a certain task for a certain season comes to an end, we can all know that God is still the same. God is still saving and God is still showing His glory. Because God is always and forevermore the same, He is still sanctifying people, providing for people, changing people and pouring out His love and kindness.
So if this week something that has changed seems to have rocked your world and you wonder where the anchor is for your soul, remember Jesus. He is always the same. We can always depend on Him. He never leaves nor forsakes. Let us stand upon Christ Jesus the firm foundation and rock of our soul!
Hebrews 6:19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast.
I have a tough question for you and me: do we expect to encounter God Himself in worship and prayer and when we are in His Word? Do we believe that indeed we will have a supernatural encounter, interaction and communion of our spirit with His in the midst of worship? Do we pray for it? Do we look with faith, hope and expectancy for the hand of God at work and the face of God shining upon us as we exalt, adore and lift Him up? The truth is that we almost always see what we are looking for. If we are looking for God, we will find Him (that is a promise of His Word!). If we are looking for things to complain about or critique we can find those things too. But if we are looking for the Almighty, Divine, Holy Presence of Almighty God in the midst of our gatherings I believe we will be able to see that He is there waiting on us and desiring (and willing!) to pour forth of His Spirit, His fresh wind and His fresh fire upon His Beloved.
There are many styles of preaching, many thoughts about what preaching is for and various ideas of what happens when someone preaches a sermon. Paul called it the “foolishness of preaching” but then he also reminded us that people can only know the gospel if they are told. (Romans 10:14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?). In this blog post, I would like to offer a possible understanding of the ministry of preaching and the role of the minister of the gospel when sharing the Word of the Lord. Continue reading
Does God believe in me?
We all have heard that we are supposed to believe in God. Even if we aren’t sure everything we believe about Him, for the most part, people know that they need to decide whether or not they believe that He is there. I for one believe that He is there because of the intricacies of nature, the witness of the church, the testimony of the Bible and my personal interaction with Him. But the question I would like to pursue today is whether or not God believes in me. Why does it really matter? And is there any way that I can actually know? Furthermore, if He does believe in me what does that change about how I live?
Trust is something that seems hard to come by these days. To trust someone can be a delicate and difficult thing based on our past interactions with that person as well as with other people. Many times we trust the person in front of us based upon how our trust was treated by the last person. Trusting the Lord therefore can become especially difficult if we base our trust in Him upon how the last person treated us. We know that God is worthy of our trust, we know that He always does what is best for us out of His heart and character of perfect love and yet…Trust seems like a simple thing to do but we know that it is not easy. Continue reading