Monthly Archives: November 2013

Give Thanks

“God be merciful unto us, and bless us;
And cause His face to shine upon us; Selah.
That Thy way may be known upon earth,
Thy saving health among all nations.

Let the people praise Thee, O God;
Let all the people praise Thee.
O let the nations be glad and sing for joy:
For Thou shalt judge the people righteously,
And govern the nations upon earth. Selah.

Let the people praise Thee, O God;
Let all the people praise Thee.
Then shall the earth yield her increase;
And God, even our own God, shall bless us.
God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear Him.”
(Psalm 67)

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They Shall Know

There is an oft repeated phrase that many fail to read as they get bogged down in Scripture and decide to skip huge passages of the Old Testament to get to easier reading. Confronted with the history of battles, judges and kings, many in today’s society prefer to read of love, kindness and gentleness. But tucked within those passages of the plight of God’s people coming out from under Egyptian bondage and living in the Promised Land is the phrase, “…and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD.” The phrase not only applied to the Children of Israel but to all the nations round about them whom God used to bring judgment and blessing.

God used pestilence and death upon the Egyptian people so they “…shall know that I am the LORD,” (Exodus 7:5). He fed the Children of Israel in the wilderness even while they murmured so they “…shall know that I am the LORD your God,” (Exodus 16:12). Battles were fought and won or lost so “…ye shall know that I am the LORD,” (I Kings 20:28). The Lord delivered His Children from Babylonian captivity so “…they shall know that My name is The LORD,” (Jeremiah 16:21). It is a theme throughout the entire Old Testament, “… and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD.”

Why was the phrase so often repeated? The Lord tells us in Ezekiel 11:12, “And ye shall know that I am the Lord: for ye have not walked in my statutes, neither executed my judgments, but have done after the manners of the heathen that are round about you.” Does God need to get our attention and the attention of our nations so we will know that He is the Lord GOD and obey His statutes? His love for us is so great He desires to do whatever it takes to bring us into a right relationship with Him. He is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Without Excuse

Look around… what do you see? “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Everything you see whether inside your house or out was created in six days; the wood to construct your home and furnishings, the sand used in making glass for windows, cotton to make clothing and linens, food to sustain your body. In addition, look out at the sun that brightens the day and warms the earth, the moon and stars that shine in the night sky, the mountains and valleys, rivers and oceans.

The Lord tells us in Romans 1 we are without excuse if we see the majesty of His handiwork and yet deny His existence and power. “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.”

There will be no excuse anyone can give when standing before God as to why they did not believe in His existence. His handiwork is all around us. Those who have eyes to see can see He exists; those who deny Him are blinded by their own deceit. “It is appointed unto men once to die, then the judgment,” Heb 9:27. Let it be known, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess, giving an account to God (Romans 14:11-12). Not only is there no excuse, there is no escape.

Taking a Stand for Biblical Truth

This video from a British ITV network morning show is an interview of a couple taking a stand for Biblical Truth in the face of great opposition.

Did you catch what the female interviewer said towards the end of the interview, “Your God demands… your God.”

Whose god is the interviewer’s if it is not the God of the Bible? Are you worshipping the God of Scripture or another god made up by someone else or of your own mind? As someone has said, is your god a cafeteria god where you pick & choose how you would like him to be? Do you want your god to be a loving, anything goes god but not the God of judgment and justice who turned over the moneychanger’s tables and called the scribes and Pharisees hypocrites and whited sepulchers which appear beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones (Matthew 23)?

The Apostle Paul tells us to examine ourselves whether we be in the faith (II Corinthians 13:5). Are you in the faith of Scripture or some other faith concocted by man. Jesus said there would be false Christs and false prophets (Matthew 24:24). It is imperative that your faith is firmly planted in the God of Scripture and His Only Son. To be anywhere else will cause you to hear those most dreaded words on Judgment Day, “I never knew you; depart from Me.”