Gospel Presentation

Trust

TRUST

TRUST is a big word that is often times misplaced in peoples lives. What do we trust in, who do we trust, where do we trust, when do we trust, why do we trust. All aspects of life are impacted by trust. Not only is life effected by trust so is eternity. We are eternal beings by by Gods design and he is preparing us for eternity. DO WE TRUST HIM?
A rich young man had his trust challenged and exposed by the Lord and it was very revealing what the Lord exposed through his conversation with him.
As we consider eternity is our trust misplaced? Read this account and see what Jesus saw when it came to this young mans trust.

Mr 10:17 ¶ And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
Mr 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is], God.
Mr 10:19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.
Mr 10:20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.
Mr 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
Mr 10:22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
Mr 10:23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
Mr 10:24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!

Notice several things about this young man:

– He kneeled before the Lord. Respectful with an earnest desire to do something to inherit eternal life. Good qualities by todays standard. Not wanting something for nothing, not expecting a free ride. Things most of us admire in a young man.

– He called Jesus Good master. Again looked to him as a leader maybe a master teacher of all things good. He maybe wanted to emulate his goodness thus the request to do something to inherit eternal life? Nothing wrong with this per say but Jesus does not accept his worship? Why?

– Jesus points out that only one is actually GOOD that is God. Did this young man know, really know who Jesus was, apparently not. To worship or follow a man won’t cut it when it comes to eternity, if you trust in a man even if it is yourself your trust is misplaced. Jesus knew this and wanted h this young man to know it to.

– Jesus points out several commandments to him from scripture. The young mans reply is impressive, he observed them from his youth. Wow Jesus does not contradict or challenge the young man on his answer, he believed him. Whats left, this kid is on the right track, A young man any parent would be proud of? At least by most religious standards of our day. at least according to most churches today, Live a good life and you are sure to be secure for eternity right? Obey the golden rule, you know what most preachers will tell you right? The bible says:
Mr 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
JESUS EXPOSED WHERE HIS TRUST WAS SECURED WHAT THIS YOUNG MAN RELIED UPON FOR HIS SECURITY, HE EXPOSES A FLAW, A WEAKNESS THAT WAS SURE TO BE HIS DOWNFALL UNLESS HE WERE TO SURRENDER IT TO THE LORD AND TRUST ONLY IN GOD FOR HIS ETERNAL SECURITY.



– If we were to have this same conversation with the Lord concerning eternal life, would their be something Jesus would need to expose so that you could realize there is something that stands in the way of you and eternal life. For this young man it was his possessions. His riches stood in the way of eternal life because they were more important to him than his relationship to the Lord. Riches are not the issue, when your riches possess you instead of you possessing them your trust is misplaced. Riches lose all value when it comes to eternity.

– Jesus pointed out to this young man out of love to sell all that he had, give it to the poor and take up his cross and follow the Lord. DID JESUS WANT TO BENEFIT FROM HIS WEALTH ? NO! HE DID NOT WANT THIS YOUNG MAN TO MISPLACE HIS TRUST SO HE REVEALED TO HIM WHAT HE REALLY TRUSTED IN.

– The young man goes away grieved at Jesus request because he would not give up what he trusted in. NO ONE SECURES HIMSELF A PLACE IN HEAVEN BUT WHAT HE DOES OR BY WHAT HE HAS. ETERNAL LIFE IS A GIFT FROM GOD

Ro 6:23 For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
God exposed his trust issue in order to set him free to receive eternal life, Have you been set free to receive eternal life as a Gift?

HAVE YOU TRUSTED CHRIST AND CHRSIT ALONE FOR YOUR SALVATION?
Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name:
WHAT ARE WE TRUSTING IN?

LETS TRUST CHRIST AND CHRIST ALONE.
If you have never personally invited Christ to be your personal Saviour, would you do that today? In a simple word of prayer Ask Jesus to forgive you of your sin and place your faith and trust in him for eternal life. Take him at his word and do not go away grieved as this young man did with your trust misplaced in something you have or something you are trying to do.
TRUST CHRIST FOR SALVATION.

I Pray you will trust him today. Amen!

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Do we perceive God at work in our lives

DO WE PERCEIVE GOD WHEN GOD HAS WORKED IN OUR MIDST?
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED ABOUT, IS GOD AT WORK IN MY LIFE?

Mark 8:15-17
“15 And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.
16 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread.
17 And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened?”

The disciples have in recent days watched the Lord minister to several different groups of people at a time. He ministered to over five thousand in Mark 6 and at the end of the day the disciples wanted the Lord to send the multitude away to there homes so they may get some food. Jesus challenges the disciples to feed them since they knew they had a need. The disciples did not have anY food to speak of with them so how were they to accomplish this. Well most of us know the story, a Young lad had 5 loaves and two small fish that he allows the Lord to have and Jesus feeds the multitude with them and fills twelve baskets with extra bread beside.
You come to Mark 8 and another multitude are gathered for three days and this time Jesus has compassion on them and desire to feed the multitude before sending them away. He lets the disciples know of his intention and they wonder how he plans to do it. Notice there question.

Mark 8:4-7
“4 And his disciples answered him, From whence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness?
5 And he asked them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven.
6 And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground: and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people.
7 And they had a few small fishes: and he blessed, and commanded to set them also before them.”

HOW DOES GOD SATISFY A MULTITUDE IN THE WILDERNESS? HOW DOES GOD MEET OUR NEEDS IN THE WILDERNESS OF OUR LIVES? HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE FOR GOD?

First thing we must perceive is that all we have must be placed at his disposal, no matter how little that may be in our eyes. Is God in control of all that I possess? It is not enough for the disciples to give God five loaves and a few small fish when they have seven. They saw God feed five thousand with five loaves, surely he can feed four thousand with less right? Both are miraculous if there were a thousand loaves but the key is does God have full control of all that we possess. If the truth be told he could have set a table for kings with out any help from the disciples but the lesson he wanted them to see was to place a his disposal all they had.

DID THEY PERCEIVE THIS?
16 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread.

When Jesus disperses the crowd and runs into a group of pharisees seeking a sign from him he was grieved with them. He then warns the disciple to be aware of the leaven of the Pharisees. This is when it is revealed they had not really perceived the miracles Jesus performed in the feeding of the multitude. It was right there in front of there eyes and they missed it.
They worried they had messed up because they forgot to stock up on more food. One loaf between twelve men, five loaves between five thousand, seven loaves between four thousand. Should they be concerned about having enough is what Jesus was trying to get across.
Are we concerned about the physical aspect of life when God is focused in on the Spiritual side of things.
God wants us to be spiritually in tune or perceptive to the life lessons he is displaying before our eyes. God can do a lot with very little when we place ourselves and all we have at his disposal.
Will we ask the Lord to cause us to be spiritually perceptive to his working in our lives?
The Pharisees were seeking a sign from the Lord in hopes they might trip him up and reveal he is really not God and Jesus wanted the disciples to be aware of them. We can not be perceptive to this if we are missing out on seeing Gods power at work around us.

Have a wonderful day as you take time to perceive God at work in your midst.

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A LESSON IN HUMILITY

A LESSON IN HUMILITY

As I was reading my Bible this morning I am reminded to be so thankful for the day and age in which we live. Cultural divisions between people was very stark in the old testament as well as during the time of Christ. In Mark 7 we have recorded for us a greek woman coming to the Lord to have him cast a devil out of her Daughter. Read the account below:

Mark 7:25-30
“25 For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet:
26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter. {Greek: or, Gentile}
27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.
28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs.
29 And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.
30 And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.”

Jesus first response to her was, well rather shocking in our day for sure! He called her a dog!? In that day the jewish people had nothing to do with the greeks, they were two totally separate classes of people. We have that today but you might say we are taught to be politically correct in our approach to other people groups no matter what we think of them. Jesus was not wrong in his statement to her because what he told her was, we do not take food from the children to to cast it to the dogs or to those that were outsiders from the family if you will. Still seemed harsh at first no matter how you look at it.
This Mother does not miss a beat and simply says YET THE DOGS UNDER THE TABLE EAT OF THE CHILDREN’S CRUMBS.
Our dog Gizzy loves to sneak over to our grandchildren while they are eating and just wait for them to drop something from the table, or better yet when they have finished and left the table to go over and feast on what is left behind on the floor before MAMA has a chance to sweep up the crumbs.
This mother had no interest in taking away from some one else’s children no matter whose they were but if she could even get the crumbs of the master power of healing her daughter would be set free. How much of Gods power do we need? Does he have to set us down at a table and treat us like royalty? Do we need to to set down at a table and take away from some one else in order to have our need met? Or are we content to have what falls from his table and glean from that, to have our needs met.
Have you ever approached God with an attitude of, I deserve your undivided attention and power when the crumbs from the masters table will suffice to meet the need in your life. OUCH I KNOW I HAVE!
This mother could have walked away humiliated at Jesus response or accept his answer in humility and request the crumbs that fall from the children’s table.
Jesus honoured her request and healed her daughter.
Has pride ever caused you to walk away from Gods provision, because the crumbs from the masters table were not good enough?

Lets walk humbly before the Lord and realize the blessing of his provision.

Have a blessed day as you humble yourself before an awesome God.

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I DID NOT SEE THIS COMING

I DID NOT SEE THIS COMING

HAS LIFE EVER TAKEN YOU BY SURPRISE? YOU SAY I DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING MY WAY!
Life has a way of surprising us some times, sometimes its those pleasant surprises of meeting some one you have not seen in a long time, or maybe a little extra money coming your way totally unexpected. Maybe like the disciples being asked to feed Five thousand men beside women and children. I can not say I have experienced that but as I thought back over the last few years I certainly can say there have been some things i did not see coming.
What about you, Life ever surprised you or took you off guard, have you ever asked why?
Or maybe you have said like me Should have saw that coming, what was I thinking!
YEP THAT’S ME IT SEEMS ALL TO OFTEN!
Look at Mark 6 and see what the Lord says of the disciples when they were in just such a case.

Mark 6:47-52
“47 And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land.
48 And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.
49 But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out:
50 For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.
51 And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered.
52 For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.”

Being sent ahead by the Lord to go to the other side of the lake the disciples encountered a storm of wind making life a little difficult to arrive on the other side. Probably nothing real shocking to the disciples as most of them had spent most of their lives on the water. They were use to toiling through just such storms so no big shock right.
BUT when they saw HIM speaking of JESUS walking upon the sea toward them, they cried out the bible says. This was anything but normal! Scared spit-less God had there attention. Those I didn’t see that coming moments have a way of arresting our attention, but why did Jesus do it, were they in any imminent danger, was there life in peril? Probably not, so then why would Jesus perform such an act? Everything is for a reason with God, nothing is just random. Oh I feel like going for a walk on the water instead of by the water like most of us enjoy. The water looks inviting with all those waves beating about the boat of my disciples so I think I will go and join them.
He scares them to death and then gets in the boat and calms them down as they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure the Bible says.
Why didn’t they see this coming according to the bible?

52 For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.”

They helped to feed Five thousand men beside women and children with five loaves and 2 fishes and gave no consideration to what had just happened right in front of there eyes! They should have been sore amazed at this miracle but it seemed it did not phase them one bit. HOW MANY MIRACULOUS THINGS HAS GOD DONE RIGHT IN FRONT OF US AND WE MISSED IT COMPLETELY. THEN WHEN WE ARE TOILING IN OUR FAMILIAR SURROUNDINGS AND GOD SHOWS UP UNANNOUNCED WE ARE SORE AMAZED. Grant it he shows up in a very usual way but should we be surprised? Should we have saw him coming to our aid?
I have been preaching on considering Christ this last couple of weeks and never stopped to consider Christ in all his provision through the last couple years. Now I am in the middle of a fairly common challenge and am toiling and it would surprise me if God shows up in the midst of it? It really should not be one of those things that I say I did not see that Coming but I knew he was in this all along!

Is God in the midst of our storm , absolutely! Lets not let a hardened heart rob us of seeing him in what should be no surprise to us.

I know easier said than done, but God gets in our boat even when we are soar amazed at his presence and he will calm our fears and bring us to a place where we will consider the miracle of his presence.

Lets enjoy the presence of God in the midst of the Storm and not harden our heart any further.
Enjoy your Day.

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A New Beginning

A NEW BEGINNING

Ex 12:1 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,
Ex 12:2 This month [shall be] unto you the beginning of months: it [shall be] the first month of the year to you.

As I reflected on the heart of Israel as they come to this monumental moment in time, there had to be so many thoughts and feelings running through there hearts and minds. Entering into this position of complete dependance upon God was something that would change them forever.

As i reflect upon this I am reminded of when i personally entered into the throne room of grace and accepted Christ into my life as my personal Saviour. That day is as real today as though it happened yesterday. April 27 1980, the last Sunday night of of that month marked a new Beginning for me. A time to be set free from my sinful religious bondage. To be set free from the bondage of attempting to earn my acceptance with God through all my own doings. This is a day that is etched into my heart that God accepted me without any demands but to simply receive a gift he purchased for me personally. OH that all the world could come to experience this new beginning.
I wonder if by way of testimony how many could share the moment they came to this new Beginning in there life. God took some extreme measureS to reach out to Israel as a nation and I know it was a process of several years for God to bring me to a place of accepting His gift for me.
Maybe some one will read this devotional this morning and you are on that journey. God is bringing you to a place of a new beginning in Christ, You have lots of questions or reservations about letting God into your heart. Questions about where it will take you? You will never go wrong in letting Christ be your Saviour.

Remember that the wages of sin is death, Jesus died in your place so that you might go free.
Romans 6:23
“23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Remember he so loved you that he gave you this gift to receive.
John 3:16
“16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Remember that you can not earn a gift it must be accepted without payment for it to be a gift.
Romans 4:4, 5
“4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

This is where I stumbled for years, I so desperately wanted to give God something for my salvation only to fail at every attempt i made. Please do not stumble as I did and never accept because you can not see your need to receive it with out charge.
Remember it cost God his son so it certainly is not free.

Remember all we need to do to receive this great gift is to reach out and take it by faith. Simply let him forgive your sin and set you free from it. God does not save us from sin to leave us in the mire of it, but to give us a freedom form it.
Romans 10:9, 10
“9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Will you confess Christ as your Saviour today?
Maybe Christian you would take a moment and share how God brought you to this saving faith in Christ. Some one just may read it and God could take that testimony to bring clarity to a heart to accept hm as Saviour.

The testimony God used for me was this:
Wouldn’t it be a shame to preach the gospel all of your life and then die and never receive it.
That was me in a nut shell Preaching something I had never received. Do not end up in hell from you church pew or religious upbringing. Accept Christ alone as the penalty that need to be paid for your sin.

Will you receive him?

If you have received him could I ask you to consider sharing you testimony with us today.
Remember some one like me might be reading and come to meet the Saviour because of it.

Lets share the saving faith of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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A Message From Our Pastor

Dear Friend:

A Message From Our Pastor

Dear Friend:

 

Just as a beacon can be a signal, a radio transmitter producing a navigation signal, it is the desire of Beacon Baptist Church to be a transmitter of God’s Holy Word in our community. It is His Word that reveals the true purpose for our lives.

A beacon can also be a flare, a warning signal. The church must provide a signal of warning to those who may spiritually be in harm’s way. God’s flare, the Word of God, and the heeding to it, will avoid many shipwrecks in the storms of our lives.

A source of inspiration is another meaning to the word “beacon.” We hope to inspire others to consider beginning their own personal relationship with Him

Perhaps you remember the account of the disciples in a boat with Jesus and how great winds and waves came up, so much so they were afraid for their lives as He slept. They woke him and Jesus simply raised his arm, spoke the words “Peace, be still,” and the wind and waves obeyed. We can then be encouraged not to be afraid in our storms, but to recognize that He is still there and can conquer any storm. We are not alone.

Our desire for you is that you too would come to know this same Jesus in a very personal way. We are willing to answer any questions you may have regarding your spiritual walk or about Beacon Baptist Church itself.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

 

 

Pastor David Bueckert  

info@beaconbaptistpei.com

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HAVE WE MISSED THE BLESSING OF GOD?

Have we missed the the blessing of God ?

As I was reading Psalm 65 I was struck by this question, how many times do I go through a day and not see Gods blessing around me. I read in my daily devotion this morning Psalm 65.
Psalms 65:1
“1 <<To the chief Musician, A Psalm and Song of David.>> Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed. {waiteth: Heb. is silent}”

I find myself so busy most times I miss out on everything God is doing around me. To slow down just a little and observe how God is at work in everything we do makes for a wonderful day.

As I read through this chapter blessing after blessing is listed for us to consider and take notice of from day to day.

Yesterday was a snow day around here, we reviewed 66 cm of snow over night, when I woke in the morning to do my devotions the wind was blowing at around 100 km an hour. Normally I look out my office window and can see the large tree along with many of the snow covered roofs of houses in the distance, Yesterday I saw the effects of blowing snow, a white out! I opened my front door to let our dog go for his morning private time and there was snow piled three feet deep on the sidewalk, not seeing God in all this I must confess, though he was right there. Our Dog Gizzy looked at me with eyes to say you are cruel and unusual to make me go out there. I kinda agreed but the alternative was not much better. Sometimes we do not see God to clearly on days like that but he is right there waiting our praise but are we silent? I did praise the Lord, I don’t have to go into to work today though because of the 5 foot drift that filled my driveway! I just knew something good would come form this!
I closed and bolted the front door, went up stairs to my cozy lazy boy in my office and studied happily for over two hours. Thank the Lord for a comfortable home amen!
And now this morning I read psalm 65 and realize that really God is in all the things we have going on around us the good and what might seem to be bad.
Just take time this Morning to contemplate all that this chapter lists for us.
Contemplate how God is in it all! God is so good to make his presence known to us. Lets live in that presence amen.
OH! BY the way eventually I did get dressed nice and cozy warm and go shovel out the side walk and where the snowblower couldn’t get on the driveway. Three hours later and an opportunity to witness and invite two young men to church I was glad for the snow storm. I am now ready to brave a car lot full of snow that I so happily ignored yesterday.

Must go with God and brave the Snow once again.

Love living in the maritimes.

Have a great day, even in the snow Amen

God Bless

Psalms 65:1-13
“1 <<To the chief Musician, A Psalm and Song of David.>> Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed. {waiteth: Heb. is silent}
2 O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.
3 Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away. {iniquities: Heb. Words, or, Matters of iniquities}
4 Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.
5 By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea:
6 Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power:
7 Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people.
8 They also that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at thy tokens: thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice. {rejoice: or, sing}
9 Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it. {and…: or, after thou hadst made it to desire rain}
10 Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof. {settlest: or, causest rain to descend into} {makest…: Heb. dissolvest it}
11 Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness. {with: Heb. of}
12 They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side. {rejoice…: Heb. are girded with joy}
13 The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.”

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AM I CONSCIOUS OF MY SIN.

AM I CONSCIOUS OF MY SIN.

As Israel lives in Egypt under great bondage Pharaoh is totally okay with there plight. He sees no wrong in what he is doing to them even before Moses came on the scene. God hears the prayer of affliction coming from the heart of his people so it must have already been severe enough with out making it any worse by taking away the straw and expecting the same tally of Brick.

I say all that because I have wondered about God hardening Pharaohs heart and using him as an example for all to see. As I have pondered the events of Exodus ch. 7 – 12 over the years, I have questioned why God why so harsh with Pharaoh? I know i am wrong to questions Gods actions but I have a feeling I am not the only one who has read this portion of scripture and went WOW THAT IS HARSH! God leaves no question about the fact GOD HARDENED HIS HEART!

Exodus 7:2-5
“2 Thou shalt speak all that I command thee: and Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh, that he send the children of Israel out of his land.
3 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt.
4 But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments.
5 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them.”

As I focused my attention and pondered each plague as it was warned of and delivered by Moses, you read over and over God hardened his heart, it seems Pharaoh did not stand a chance. There was this nagging thought in my mind about why God would harden his heart.
Then you come to Exodus 8:18-19
Exodus 8:18, 19
“18 And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast.
19 Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.”

He is warned this is the finger of God at work but does not see it or at least ignores the warning from his own people. To this point the magicians have been able to duplicate what Moses and Aaron were doing but that stops right here.

Then you have three more plagues that were way above the magicians and you read this statement by Pharaoh in Ex. 9:27
Exodus 9:27
“27 And Pharaoh sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them, I have sinned this time: the LORD is righteous, and I and my people are wicked.”
I have sinned this time? Like up to this point all that you have done is not sin?
He has Israel under cruel bondage, he was killing there first born sons every chance he could, but this time he sinned? If we could see into the heart of this man and see what God sees we might better understand why God says I will harden his heart. When people look at there lives and do not see there sin, it is first of all we are hardened toward it. He could not see his own wickedness that brought about this judgement.
When all we see when God shows himself to us is how lucky God is to have me you might have the same complex Pharaoh did. Do we see sin the way God sees it?
Do we see all the wickedness of man the way God sees it? NO NO NO we do not! We see it through our eyes and we are sinful ourselves. We need to see sin through the Holy Spirits eyes and the we will begin to see some of what God sees in our sin.
There is a reason for verses like 1 john 1:8-9 in the Bible.

1 John 1:8, 9
“8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

If you are seeing sin through rose coloured Glasses you might wanna take them off and ask God to show you sin through his eyes. We can see sin through the eyes of scripture and understand better what God is seeing when we allow the scripture to reveal our true condition. Lets give God an opportunity to help us see our wickedness from his stand point and we will find good reason to confess our sin and and allow him to cleanse us of it.
The reason so much wickedness is completely accepted and embraced today is because we are hardened in sin. God warns us in the last days that it would be this way. This means we must be ever more vigilant in our hearts to yield to Gods Spirit as He reveals our sin to keep short accounts with the Lord.
If God will harden this mans heart and make an example out of him, lets not be the next one he uses because we refuse to see our sin for what it is.

Lets be tender to the lord in this time that we live. Lets be an instrument of righteousness rather than the alternative, SIN.

Have a great day in HIM.

God Bless

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WHEN GOD SAY GO AND WE SORT OF SAY NO

When God says GO and we sort of say NO

Have you ever thought, UH NO i Don’t thinks so God? Our thoughts are usually not grammatically correct or in line with a perfectly submissive Spirit.

Moses has what might seem at first this Chance encounter with a burning bush that did not burn. Go figure how do you see a bush burning that is not burning, to much coffee maybe?
Moses had to check it out because he he sees a bush burning but not really, does this make any sense so he turns about and thats when God SPEAKS! He hears Moses, Moses,. Now i don’t know about you but this HE man would be just a little freaked out if a burning bush that wasn’t burning started to SPEAK TO ME. This is how God first introduced himself to Moses. No ordinary encounter right! At least not in the circles I run with.

Exodus 3:2-4
“2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.”

I am not making light of scripture just trying to put myself in the shoes of a man who encounters GOD in a way that was way beyond ordinary. We do not serve an ORDINARY GOD THOUGH DO WE. We serve an Extraordinary God who does Extraordinary things, who in turn can ask us to do extraordinary service on his behalf.
What he was about to explain to Moses and then ask him to do was beyond any thing ordinary for sure!

There has been a long period of what might seem to be silence on the part of God when it came to the nation of Israel as they sojourned in Egypt. That does not mean God is not aware of what was happening to Israel. He was watching and listening just like he watches and listens to us every day of our lives. Yes that is right he is watching as I write this and you are reading this. AN EXTRAORDINARY GOD IS WATCHING OVER OUR LIVES RIGHT NOW! If you know Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour you are no longer just some ordinary joe blow to HIM. You are Gods child, Royalty if you will and your Heavenly father is pretty Extraordinary. His Love is extraordinary!

John 3:16
“16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

His passion to get us to believe him is not ordinary.

2 Peter 3:9
“9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

God has gone to great lengths to reach me and you with his message.
Have we received it? If you are not saved yet why not? If you are saved are you listening when he speaks to us from his word?

Moses listened to the message God had for him, though he had a lot of questions and needed a lot of re assurance of Gods plan that was being revealed.
He listened but then went UH NO GOD WHO AM I THAT I SHOULD DELIVER YOUR PEOPLE OR STAND BEFORE PHARAOH? Moses was not extraordinary of himself but God would equip him to GO and do some very extraordinary things. Maybe you have a lot of reasons why you can not accept what God has done for you on the cross. I know it seems so extraordinary that God would place such a cost on sin and then pay it himself. But that is his love doing the Extraordinary thing, we just have to accept it.
Maybe it seems God is asking us to do the extraordinary service but it is him doing it in us first then we are used to help others after.
Moses had to accept the deliverance of God for himself before he could be used to deliver Israel. After we receive Christ he wants to use us to reach others with what he has given to us, salvation.
Lets accept it then surrender to be used to deliver it to others.
Matthew 28:18, 19
“18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: {teach…: or, make disciples, or, Christians of all nations}”

The GO in the gospel is an extraordinary service, but we are equipped by an extraordinary power to see God do his extraordinary work. Will we accept what he is offering and GO with what he has Given!

Lets go with the gospel! AMEN

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