|Posted by remainingfactorsministry on February 25, 2013 at 10:35 AM||comments (0)|
Luke 18:40 (NIV) “Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him,”41 “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied.
Jesus stopped. He stood still. One translation reads, “So Jesus stood quite still” (Phillips). He did not look at the time or contemplate the fact that He had already passed by or that He had things to do. He ceased movement because He noticed a need. Then He ordered His followers to bring the need to Him. He wanted the man to draw near to Him but could see that the man’s body (flesh) made this much too difficult. So He had His followers bring him. Then, when His followers had led him to Jesus He asked him, (Luke 18:41) “What do you want me to do for you?” He did not act as if He knew the problem and now here is your solution, although the problem was obvious. He did not try to silence the man or belittle him. He just showed concern and a willingness to help. Jesus has the same heart for anyone who will draw near. As true follower’s, let us direct and escort those afflicted. Be it an affliction in mind, spirit, soul. body …
|Posted by remainingfactorsministry on February 19, 2013 at 6:20 PM||comments (0)|
Luke 22:51 (NIV) But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.
Are the circumstances in life overwhelming? Is Christianity being stripped from our nation? Does the thought ever cross your mind, “How can this be the will of God? God would not want His people to suffer like this.” We think as Peter, “They are trying to take away our Lord”. So our natural response is to fight. Fight the schools, fight the government, fight the doctors, … I’m not saying there is anything wrong with taking a position based on your convictions and standing your ground. That is our duty. But when you are cutting off someone’s ear, be it literally or figuratively, God is not pleased. He might even say "No more of this, stop it or enough. See Peter thought he was defending Jesus, but it was God’s will that Jesus be taken away for a time. The true believer does not need to fight to hold on to their convictions. They just need to hold on to their convictions for the fight.
|Posted by remainingfactorsministry on February 11, 2013 at 12:30 PM||comments (0)|
Luke 9:43 (NKJV) And they were all amazed at the majesty of God. But while everyone marveled at all the things which Jesus did …
I love that word marveled, and not just some of the people, but everyone marveled. Isn’t that fantastic! Are you hearing what Dr. Luke is saying here? When you read about the amazing spider-man, the Avengers, and many other great superheroes, a thought comes to mind. Wow! How did he/she do that? You are left in jaw dropping bewilderment. These are the heroes of Marvel Comics. Well, that was the people’s reaction when they encountered Jesus. They could not believe He was able to do what He did, even when they witnessed it with their own eyes. Some say “seeing is believing,” but they still marveled. I too marvel at many of the things God has done. That is the natural human response, but blessed are we who believe and have not seen. (See John 20:29)
|Posted by remainingfactorsministry on February 4, 2013 at 5:25 PM||comments (0)|
Psalm 94:19 When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.
When someone is a contestant on a game show, often they will be given a consolation prize. No matter how great the prize is, there are no do overs. You have been labeled the runner up. This means that you have lost and are eliminated. Another name for these consolations are parting gifts. All their worries and anxieties are temporarily calmed. The psalmist tells us that God’s consolations do more than calm the mind and body. They cheer the eternal part of mankind, the soul. All our cares, worries, and anxieties are permanently released. We are set free and given a second chance. And by His grace we find chance after chance. Every time we fall, He is there to pick us up again. When they say you’re a loser, He calls you a winner! So let us trade in the runner up, your eliminated, loser blues. I'm laying them down for the Lord's consolations. Hey, didn't someone write a song about trading our sorrows?
|Posted by remainingfactorsministry on February 1, 2013 at 4:25 PM||comments (0)|
Psalm 94:18 When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.
Our enemy is real and his craft and power are great. He is filled with cruel hate. On earth there is no equal. Those are the lyrics to “A Mighty Fortress” and how true they are. One of the tactics of the devil is to keep people bound in shame. If he can make us feel low and unworthy we remain trapped. We remain weak and unprotected because we are afraid to approach God. If we do gather the courage to approach Him, the shame still prevents us from coming clean. We are afraid that we will be rejected by a holy God. The truth is that if we can be honest and open with God He is lovingly waiting. Tell Him about the mistakes you made and the weaknesses you have. Tell Him about the troubles you are having and probably created or at least allowed. Tell Him “My foot is slipping”. His love is not only waiting but will also support you. On earth satan has no equal but A Mighty Fortress is our God and He shall win the battle!
|Posted by remainingfactorsministry on January 24, 2013 at 10:20 AM||comments (0)|
Luke 2:48 And when they [Joseph and Mary] saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, Child, why have You treated us like this? Here Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You [distressed and tormented].
I wonder if Jesus knew the torture He was putting His parents through. Why did He not tell them He was going to remain in the temple? It is almost as if He hated them. Of course we know this is not the case. We know that Jesus had great love for His mother and Joseph. When they did find Him He respectfully followed them and was obedient. He did make one comment, “I had to be about my Father’s business”. See Jesus was not causing heart ache to His parents. He simply put pleasing His Father first. He knew that telling them would only be an obstacle. In the same way He expects His followers to abandon anything that prevents them from pleasing God.
|Posted by remainingfactorsministry on January 16, 2013 at 4:15 PM||comments (0)|
1 Chr 16:11 “Search for the Lord and his strength. Always seek his presence.” GW
A father was working on the bills when his beloved son enters the room. The son asks his dad if he will throw the football with him. Dad says, “Not right now. I have to pay these bills.” Then the son went and sat by his dad but never said a word. He just sat there and watched his dad. Well, dad got irritated being watched and said “ Go watch tv and I’ll play football with you later”. The son said, “I don’t really want to play ball or watch tv. I just want to be where you are”. The father was shocked by these words and said, “Ok son, come sit by me and I’ll show you how I pay the bills”. The son’s face lit up with joy. Not because of the activity, but because he was invited into his father’s presence. He got what he was searching for. God loves us. If we ask for bread, will He give us a stone? If we ask for a fish, will He give us a snake? If we can sincerely say to God, “I just want to be where you are”, He is not going to deny us. He will welcome us in His presence!
|Posted by remainingfactorsministry on January 10, 2013 at 4:05 PM||comments (0)|
"But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,"
When a child is given a chore to do usually it is going to require an incentive. Some type of bargaining chip. For example, If you mow the lawn I’ll give you twenty dollars. The lawn gets mowed. The father slips the child the bill. Everybody is happy. Nobody cares that the job was done out of false motives for no one knew about the incentive, nor did they see the exchange. But what about the child that does all the work for no other reason than to please dad? A selfish and lazy father will take advantage of that faithful child but a good and loving father will reward that child openly and give him/her great honor. How do you see your Heavenly Father? I am confident in saying He is good and God is love.
|Posted by remainingfactorsministry on January 5, 2013 at 6:25 PM||comments (0)|
Luke 2:44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends.
I remember one time at Walmart my son and I had to use the bathroom. We were doing our business and he was telling me about a new video game he wanted. I was half listening just to know he was in my company. He was finish and washed his hands. Then he went out the door. I took my time assuming he was waiting on me. Well, when I was done and opened the door, he was gone. I will never forget the panic I felt. Where was my son? Well, many Christian are feeling that same panic today. They are waking up and saying “Where is Jesus” assuming He was on pause. We have been so busy doing our business and fail to notice He moved on. I found my son after I searched with all my heart. He was looking at the video game he was telling me about. My point is this. If you are only half listening and assuming the Lord is in your company you are going to end up in a panic.
|Posted by remainingfactorsministry on December 30, 2012 at 7:05 PM||comments (0)|
Hebrews 10:39 “But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved."
I feel the Spirit is asking us all a question for 2013. The question is a simple one. What you gonna do? This question is not aimed at mocking us. The Spirit is not saying that it’s hopeless out there, you did what you could and the darkness increases, you better just accept it and worry about yourself or que sera, sera. 2012 was a year of endurance. I heard some great messages on running the race, getting your head on straight, pressing on, drawing near to God, resisting the devil, putting on the armor, praying without ceasing, reaching the lost, shining in the darkness, and many others. Hopefully, you have run the race well, with perseverance, through 2012. Well, now 2013 is here and the world does not seem to be any more promising.
The word of God tells us in 1 john 2:17, “the world and the things of this world will pass away, it is he who does the will of God that lives forever.” Revelation 21:7 “He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”
So, what you gonna do? Are you going to shrink back or press in? This question is not to taunt us but to spur us on. It is to challenge us to go deeper!