Is He Fighting for You?

All these kings and their land Joshua took at one time, because the LORD God of Israel fought for Israel.  Joshua 10:42

Whether they stood and waited as did the Kings of Jericho and Ai, or attacked first as did the Kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish, and Eglon, none could stand before Israel because the LORD their God fought for them.

Is God fighting for you?  He is if you belong to Jesus!

This does not mean easy sailing.  It does not necessarily mean that God might not display your faith by allowing you to die for the testimony of Jesus.

It does mean that whatever happens it will be for God’s glory and your good!  Bask in that knowledge today.  Rest in Him!

The Church

I think that I shall never see
A church that’s all it ought to be,
A church whose members never stray
Beyond the straight and narrow way.
A church that has no empty pews;
Whose pastor never has the blues;
A church whose deacons always "deak"
And none is proud and all are meek.
Where gossips never peddle lies
Or make complaints or criticize;
Where all are always sweet and kind
And all to other’s faults are blind.
Such perfect churches there may be,
But names of them aren’t known to me –
And still, we’ll work and play and plan
To make our own the best we can.
–Author unknown–

Amen!

Let There Be Change

New Year’s Day is always one week to the day after Christmas.  It is very fitting that this is the case.  To truly “get” Christmas always calls for change.  What kind of change has Christmas called for in your life?

Making the Leap

We saw in “Let There Be Light” how a group of shepherds were going through another routine night watching their sheep.  Suddenly the night was anything but routine.

The appearance of an angel, the light of the glory of the Lord, a revelation of the Savior’s birth, and a heavenly multitude praising God made the night extremely extraordinary.

The shepherds journeyed to Bethlehem to see if these things were so.  Was there really lying in a manger in the City of David, a Savior who was the Messiah and the Lord?

When they got to the manger and found Jesus, these shepherds were never the same again.  They immediately made known what had been told them about this special child so that all that heard marveled at what they were being told.

As they left the city, they did so as men who had been changed.  Coming in they were still probably wondering what they would find.  Would they really find the Messiah lying in a manger?  Could they really have seen and heard a heavenly chorus? What did any of this mean to their life?

Having found Jesus just as they were told, they knew the truth.  “the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.” (Luke 2:20)

These men were changed!  They were now praisers of God.  They continually gave Him glory.  They were never the same again.

Anyone who truly sees who Jesus is; that He is the unique Son of God, who left heaven to come and die for their sins, can never be the same again. Change MUST come!  How could you not praise God and continually give Him glory.

Have you really celebrated Christmas recently?  Is the change evident in your life?  Let There Be Change!

Let There Be Peace

Peace.  The saying of the word itself unleashes a torrent of craving in the heart.  With all the striving and strife in the world, and even within our own hearts and minds, how we long for a beautiful refreshing peace.

Heavenly Dove

What would we give for peace?  How can we obtain peace?  Is peace even available?

Jumping straight to the good news: peace is available!  God has made peace with men.  If we have peace with God, we can have peace within.  If we are at peace with ourselves, we can be at peace with others.

In “Let There Be Light” we saw how night was turned brighter than day as the glory of the Lord shown around chosen shepherds near Bethlehem.  In “Let There Be Joy” we discovered that an angel brought good tidings of great Joy which will be to all people.

Suddenly, after these things a multitude of the heavenly host joined the angel doing two things:

  1. Praising God
  2. Proclaiming a saying

Praising God seems pretty self-explanatory and something that would seem to be as natural as breathing to heavenly hosts.  The real question about praising God is why it is as not as natural as breathing to us.  What is wrong with us?

The fact that there IS something wrong with us is what makes the saying that the multitude was proclaiming so special.  The saying is in two parts:

  1. Praising God yet again
  2. Proclaiming the peace of God

“Glory to God in the highest” was the opening of the multitude.  Indeed all glory belongs to Him.  To Him we owe our being, even as we exist in the universe that He has created.  He is the source of all things, and in Him we have our being. 

Glory to God indeed!  The fact that we don’t start every saying with that proclamation reveals continually that we are hiding from God even as Adam and Eve because of consciousness of our sin.

This fact of our sin before a holy and glorious God is what makes the second part of the saying so special.  God retains His glory and holiness, even as He extends the lifeline of peace to fallen man. 

When the shepherds went to Bethlehem, they went to see a Savior.  God was still holy, but now “on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” 

“A Savior has come, God sent us His Son.”  These beautiful words were in the Christmas cantata that we sang this year. Jesus came to pay the price for our sin that we could never pay.  Praise be to God in the highest for His magnificent gift!  Let there be peace.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”               Luke 2:13-14

That by all means we may save some