Tuesday, August 27, 2013

But God Don't Forget

Now it came to pass on the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. Then he restored the chief butler to his butlership again, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand. But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them. Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him. (Genesis 40:20-23)

  • Joseph was thrown into prison because of a false accusation. Like Joseph, we may be trapped and left alone to suffer, by fair or unfair circumstance.

  • Joseph walked with God in prison. Like Joseph, we should persevere in faith during difficult time.

  • Joseph helped fellow prisoners. Like Joseph, we should continue to help others in grim conditions.

  • Joseph’s kindness was forgotten. The cupbearer had been freed and returned to the king’s service, just as Joseph told him would happen. But Joseph remained in prison for some time. Memory is short; people tend to forget our good deeds after a period of time.

  • But God did not forget Joseph. He lifted him up to be the second in the kingdom of Pharaoh. At 30 years of age, Joseph became the prime minister of Egypt. Likewise, Jesus sits at the right hand of God, and our prayers reach the throne of the King without fail because our Savior is our Mediator.

  • God will not forget His children. He cares for all the things in our lives, big and small. When we feel alone, let’s remember to rest in the confidence of Jesus’ promise to be with us forever (Matt. 28:20).

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Blessed Hope of the Coming of Christ

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,” (Titus 2:12-13)

  • As Christians, We should deny ungodliness and worldly lusts.
    An ungodly person is one who doesn’t live for God; who has no desire to live for God; who has an indisposition to live for God; or who has failed to live for God. A worldly person is one who has a longing and craving for things forbidden. These includes the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.

  • As Christians, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly.
    We must be alert to our enemy Satan. We must be ever watchful and ready for the Second Coming of our Lord. We must live righteously before God and men. We must be godly by striving to be like Christ.

  • We should prepare now for our future with Christ.
    We must live expectantly and faithfully, awaiting Christ’s return. We must complete every good work God gives us. At and in the glorious appearing of Christ, the blessed hope of Christians will be complete. Christ will come to reign! Our King will return to make all things right and to rule forever. Oh! The blessed hope of the coming of Christ!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Our God is Greater

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

  • God is stronger than any force of darkness. He does what He pleases. He controls all things, working out everything in conformity with the plan and purpose of His own will.

  • Satan’s power is limited to what God allows. Satan had to play by God’s rules. Satan cannot do anything without God's direct approval. Satan cannot attack God's people without first obtaining permission from God.

  • Because God is in charge over everything, we don’t need to fear Satan’s power over our lives or the lives of other believers around us.

  • Satan may try to tempt us and influence us, but He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world. The evil powers around us are no match for the power of Jesus within us.

  • God allows Satan to test us by means of painful problems. It is to humble us or to prevent us from becoming too arrogant or prideful, to prove us or to stretch us and to make us stronger and truer than before, or a host of other reasons.

  • And we will not be tempted beyond what we can endure. God will provide a way out of that temptation so we don't have to give in and sin.

  • Our God is Greater. Our God is Stronger. Our God is Healer. Our God is Higher than any other. We must press on and finish our race.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Victory Belongs to God

But a man of God came to him, saying, "O king, do not let the army of Israel go with you, for the LORD is not with Israel--not with any of the children of Ephraim. But if you go, be gone! Be strong in battle! Even so, God shall make you fall before the enemy; for God has power to help and to overthrow. "Then Amaziah said to the man of God, "But what shall we do about the hundred talents which I have given to the troops of Israel?" And the man of God answered, "The LORD is able to give you much more than this." So Amaziah discharged the troops that had come to him from Ephraim, to go back home. (2 Chronicles 25:7-10a)

  • The battlefield belongs to the LORD. He determines who wins. He has power to help and to overthrow.

  • To trust God is better than relying on our own strength and resources. Numbers and strength do not win a battle. Victory belongs to God.

  • To follow God’s order is better than to mourn for our loss. Besides, God can always supply our needs when we are faithful to Him.