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June 21, 2015, 9:17 AM

Today

Matthew 6:31-34 states "Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."

One of the hardest things to do is live in “today”. We all have plans, worries, concerns, etc. but we are only promised NOW. Living in TODAY is hard, because it means giving up control, it means trusting that God will do what is best for us. And even though we have all these biblical promises, we somehow think if we put all our energy and all our focus into everything, it will somehow change the outcome. It may or it may not!  In the meanwhile, we have missed the pleasures of the now.

One day, I was so wrapped up in thoughts, I did not hear my granddaughter tell me she loved me. I have promised myself that will never happen again.

Bro. Doug Roan


 



 




June 21, 2015, 9:15 AM

Our Faith is in Jesus

Hebrews 11 provides a chronicle of the heroes of faith from the Old Testament.  It ends with “and these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:  God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.”

Hebrews 12:11-3 says “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside very weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run the patience the race that is set before, Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endure the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lets ye be wearied and faint in your minds”.

Both the Old and New Testament point to Christ.  In 2 Peter 1:3 it tells us that he has given us “all things that pertain unto life and godliness, though the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue”.    I believe these scriptures tell us he has given everything we need, but it is up to us individually to lay aside every weight.  We sometimes sing a song, “My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus’ blood and righteousness, I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus name, On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand”.  It goes on to say “when all around my soul give way, he then is all my hope and stay”.  I’m thankful Jesus is that  rock and anchor to the soul.

Bro. David Cosby


 



 




April 26, 2015, 10:00 AM

Jesus is my Intercessor

We sometimes sing “I’ve Just Heard from Heaven”.  The lyrics tell a testimony that “Once I wondered out in sin, far from God Away, but the Savior took me in, gave me peace that day, All my heart to him I’ve given, no more sin allowed, I’ve just heard from heaven and its all right now.”   The chorus shares a personal experience;  “I’ve just heard from heaven and this one thing I know, my sins are all forgiven, he washed me white as snow, the load that once I carried, he took away some how, I’ve just heard from heaven and its all right now”.  With the song having shared the testimony of having been Sanctified, the next couple verses deal with the realities of life that will eventually bring to try our faith. “Trials come to you, burdens hard to bear, but our heartache grief and pain, he will gladly bear”.  There is a line had has been burning in my mind:  “He’s my intercessor there, so at his feet I bow, I’ve just heard from heaven and it’s all right now”.

While there is joy in going this Sanctified way and it gets sweeter every day, trials and disappointments will come; we are all travelers to eternity.  When I face those trials, do I realize the intercessor I have with God, the creator of the ends of the earth? 

We have an advocate with the Father (I John 2:1), that was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin (Heb 4:15)”.  So he understands the trials of life, in “all points”.

First John goes on to say “he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world”.  So it’s not a big leap of reasoning to say this advocate is all powerful.

He is also very merciful and remembers that we are but dust:  James 5:11 says “the Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy”.  Even on the cross, while he who did no sin was dying to pay the price for our sins, he heard the humble request of the thief “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom”.  The thief had nothing to give Jesus (we don’t either), his death was certainly at most a few hours away, and he could certainly not preach, teach or do good deeds nailed to a cross.  It was entirely mercy when Jesus told him “to day shalt thou be with me in paradise”.  Remember Jesus saying “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do”?

With an advocate that loves us that much, with that much mercy, and that much power, can’t I trust him not only to Sanctify, but to guide and guard through the trials of life?  No matter the situation, if I’ve submitted to will of his Spirit within my heart, I’ve just heard from heaven and it’s all right now.

Bro. David Cosby




April 10, 2015, 12:00 AM

There is a Spiritual Dimension

There is a Spiritual Dimension
Have you given much thought to how the Apostles felt during the period of Jesus’ crucifixion?  Through their human eyes, with emotions at their highest level, the crucifixion had to be scary and very confusing.  The Jews so wanted deliverance from the Roman occupation and his disciples thought Jesus would provide that deliverance. They had left all to follow Jesus and had assumed he would set up a physical kingdom.  In spite of everything He told them, the human eye saw some encouragement to that physical kingdom, as he rode into Jerusalem as a king with the crowds praising him and spreading palm leaves.  They had seen all the miracles and knew His power; he had just days before reattached the high priest’s servant ear.  Why wouldn’t he deliver himself and those he loved from this seemingly total destruction of everything that was important? 

As the world they knew was ending, their faith was lacking.  He had told them that he would be resurrected, but when they received reports that he is risen, they thought they were receiving “idle tales”.  Even with the earthquake and the darkening of the sun, they didn’t see the dimension that is beyond physical sight.

In the spiritual realm there was always clarity.  Once Jesus said “nevertheless, not my will, but thine, be done”, it was clear that every prophesy regarding Christ from the enmity between Satan and the woman (Genesis 3:15) would be fulfilled.  There was never any defeat, but our salvation was purchased by “Victory in Jesus, my Savior Forever, he sought me and he bought my by his redeeming blood”.  All the prophesies and the law had been a schoolmaster to bring us to the sacrifice and victory in Christ.   In Rev. 6.2 “and I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering and to conquer.”  It goes on in 17:14 to say “These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord and lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful”.

So in those times when life may seem confusing and overwhelming, help us to look through our spiritual eye and be “called, and chosen, and faithful”.  Much like Elisha prayed for his servant in II Kings 6:17 “Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see.   And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire”.

Bro. David Cosby




March 12, 2015, 12:00 AM

2 Timothy 2: 19-21 (KJV)

"Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. [20] But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. [21] If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work."  2 Timothy 2 19-21 (KJV)


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