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Waiting In The Shadows….

Ps 57:1 … Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until [these] calamities be overpast.

SIH’s Think On These Things: The Ascension Of Christ

The next miracle in our series is The Ascension of Christ …This miracle is recorded for us in Acts 1:1-11

In this last miracle that Christ performed during His earthly ministry, we find an introduction that is a fitting conclusion to His miracles.  It is a summary of His earthly accomplishments:

  1. His teaching ministry for the saints…he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
  2. Giving Proofs of His Person and Work…To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days
  3. Emphasizing His authority over all and the many ways it is displayed to man…speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 
  4. Founded and established His local church….And, being assembled together with them
  5. Strengthening and enabling church to minister through power of Spirit…commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
  6. Giving the Great Commission to His church….But  ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

And then we have the miracle being performed… “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.” 

And finally…. the precious promise… “And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” 

THIS SAME JESUS, that we have been studying about… THIS SAME JESUS, that is the Saviour of Jew and Gentile alike…. THIS SAME JESUS, who is coming again so that we might live with Him for an eternity in New Jerusalem… THIS SAME JESUS, who is God blessed forever…. this is the One that is our Lord.

Rom 14:11-12  For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

Let us all renew our submission to His Lordship as we eagerly await His coming.

May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.

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Lord, Please Open Our Eyes….

Ps 119:18  Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

SIH’s Think On These Things: Catching Many Fish

The next miracle in our series is Catching Many Fish …This miracle is recorded for us in John 21:4-11

In this miracle, we see Jesus meeting His disciples physical needs by causing them to catch a large number of fish.  This brings to mind two similar miracles that we have already looked at found in Luke 5:3-10 and Matt 17:24-27.

We see Jesus standing on the shore of the Sea of Tiberias, while His disciples were in their boats attempting to catch fish.  After being asked by Jesus if they had caught any fish, the disciples tell Him that they have been unsuccessful in their attempts.   The Lord instructs them to “, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find.”  They act on His suggestion with miraculous results… “They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.”  Later a count was taken with the total coming to 153 fishes.

When they come to land they see a fire made with coals, fishes and bread prepared for them by Christ.  (Where did the coals, fish and bread come from?  We are not told.  Perhaps Christ miraculously produced these as well?)  This helps us to learn two basic principles concerning Christ’s relationship to those who are His disciples:

  1. He is concerned about their physical well-being.  We should never think that our Lord is oblivious to our physical needs.  On the contrary, He promises to meet our every physical need. Matt 6:25-32
  2. He  has called us to take the gospel to the lost world around us. The fish and bread are  a symbolic representation of the calling He has given to His disciples.  The fish representing the lost world to whom His disciples are to be a witness (fishers of men) and the bread representing Christ (the Bread of Life) that is to be taken to the lost world. (Mark 16:15)

But for this devotion, I would like us to center on a very interesting side note to this miracle. During the beginning exchange between Christ (on the shore) and the disciples (in the ship) we see that the disciples did not recognize who Christ was…  “But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus”   It is only after the miracle is performed that they recognize that the One they have been speaking to is their Lord… “They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord.”

With only two more lessons in this series, what a fitting, wonderful truth is being shown to each one of us … It is through the performance of these miracles that His people can come to a knowledge of the identity of Christ.  That is what we have been trying to do through this series of devotions.  To show many different truths about Our Lord, our need to serve Him, and our need to develop a closer walk with Him.

Let’s not be like Peter who, because He was unprepared to see His Lord had to jump into the water out of shame and embarrassment… “Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.”   Through application of the truths of His Word let us all be prepared to:

  1. recognize Him when He works in our lives
  2. serve Him as we seek to do His will and
  3. meet Him when He comes back to take us home to be with Him.

We can do all three by taking heed to the many lessons we have seen on display in the many miracles that Christ has performed during His earthly ministry.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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All For His Glory!

1Pet 4:11 If any man speak, [let him speak] as the oracles of God; if any man minister, [let him do it] as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

You Cannot Quit The Call Of God….

Jer 20:8-9 For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily. Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But [his word] was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not [stay].

SIH’s Think On These Things: The Resurrection of Christ

The next miracle in our series is The Resurrection of Christ …This miracle is recorded for us in Matt 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18.

The account of Christ’s resurrection of Himself stands out from all the other miracles we have studied in a few different ways…

  1. This is the first miracle that Christ performs for Himself.
  2. This is the first miracle whose process is never described in the historical accounts.  We only read of the actions of the disciples in relation to the miracle.  The historical account gives us no description of the workings of Christ to give life to Himself.
  3. This miracle is attributed to all three persons of the Godhead
    1. God the Father (Roms 10:9, 1 Thess 1:9-10 and MANY others)
    2. God the Son (John 2:19, John 10:17-18)
    3. God the Spirit (Rom 8:11, 1 Peter 3:18 – maybe?)
    4. (Note: How do we explain the fact that all three persons of the Godhead are attributed with the resurrection of Jesus?  Much of this is beyond my understanding, but it all boils down to the Trinity.  Since we KNOW that the True and Only God has chosen to exist in three persons (1 John 5:7, Matt 28:19, Eph 1:3-15, Etc) it is no contradiction.  That is all we really need to understand for this devotion.)

For our devotional let’s look at the two verses where the resurrection of Christ is attributed to Himself…

Joh 2:19-21  “Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body.”

Joh 10:17-18  “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”

Based upon these two references what can we learn about our Great Lord and Savior?

  1. He clearly understood, long before His death, that He would die and would then receive His physical life again. Showing us His sacrificial love on our behalf. (John 2)
  2. His resurrection would be a display of His Father’s love for Him. (John 10)
  3. He laid down His physical life willingly…. It was not taken from Him.  Even in this, we see HE IS SOVEREIGN and in control of His own death. (John 10)
  4. He had been given the “power” (authority) to control His own physical life.      Both to give it and to take it again. (John 10)
  5. This authority He possessed had been given to Him through a “command”      (authoritative decree) coming from God the Father. (John 10)

What a wonderful Lord that we serve…. It is through the resurrection of Himself that we see His love, sovereignty, and authority that He possessed.  He exercised each of these attributes for our benefit at His expense.  Not only that but we also see His relationship to the Father.  It was one of obedience, love, submission and exaltation.  All of which speaks of His intimate, perfect communion shared with the Father.  He was His Son and God Himself!

Let’s take time this day to praise our Lord for His greatness and all that He sacrificed so that we could be called the children of God!

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

The Greatest Books Never Written…

John 21:25   And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

The Precious Word Bible Study Series – The Word Reveals The True God (Part 2)

1Sa 3:1 “ … And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; …”

INTRODUCTION:

Throughout history, men have desired to identify and serve the true God. However, the ability to identify the true God, apart from God’s Word is an impossible task.  This principle can easily be seen by examining the worship of the false gods that took place in the Gentile nations of the Old Testament.

Keep in mind, with only a few exceptions, the truths of God Word were kept within the confines of the nation of Israel.  The gentile nations surrounding Israel were devoid of the truths of His Word, and because of this, their worship was limited to worship pointed toward false gods.  Many of these names will be familiar to all of us. Baal, Ra, Nebo, Moloch, Ashtoreth, the list could go on and on.  What do these names all have in common?  They are the names of false gods worshipped by in gentile nations which surrounded Israel.

Even Israel, when they forsook the teachings of God’s Word, allowed the worship of these idols to enter into their nation.   It was when the Israelites sought the truths of God’s Word, and willingly lived according to them, that we find the worship of the true God take place within their boundaries.  Undoubtedly, the Bible is the only reliable source we possess that will reveal to us the true God of the Universe.

In this lesson, we will be coming to a better understanding of the preciousness of the Scriptures by seeing the true God revealed within its pages.

SCRIPTURES:

Psa 83:18 

(KJV)  That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.

(ESV) that they may know that you alone, whose name is the LORD, are the Most High over all the earth.

Isa 42:8-9

(KJV)  I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

(ESV)  I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

Exo 3:13-15

(KJV)  And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?  (14)  And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.  (15)  And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

(ESV) 13) Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14) God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” 15) God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.

John 8:58-59

(KJV)  Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.  (59)  Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

(ESV)  Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” 59) So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

THE STUDY:

Who is the true God?  Psalms 83:18 reveals His identity to us….

“That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.”

The true God over all the earth identifies Himself as Jehovah.  The word Jehovah is a Hebrew word that means “the self-existent One” or “the One who was, is and will be”.  Why would God choose the name Jehovah to describe Himself?  It is because this is one of the characteristics that sets Him apart from all the false Gods of this world.

God, alone, exists eternally.  The other gods this world has chosen to worship are mere creations of the sinful human mind (1 Cor 8:4).  In some cases, there were demonic forces that inspired the ideas leading to the creation of these false gods.  Even in these cases, the demonic forces behind these gods do not exist eternally, but are simply angels, once created by God, who committed sin and were cast out of God’s presence due to their sin (Rev 12:7-9).

In Isaiah 42:8-9 we find that since Jehovah is the true God, His worship is exclusive…

“I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

Not only does the God of this universe reveal to us His name, but He also makes it clear that worship should be reserved entirely for Him.  As the true God, He will not share the praise and honor that He deserves with false gods and the demonic forces behind them.

One of the proofs God gave to us that He is the true God are prophecies that have been fulfilled later in history.  As we study all the many prophecies that were given to us in the Old Testament, combined with their fulfillment later in history, we have proof positive that He is the True, Sovereign, Eternal Lord of all.  Many of these Old Testament prophecies involved the coming Messiah, which were later fulfilled in the life of Christ on earth. These same prophecies, and their fulfillment, also clearly indicate that the Scriptures are His revealed Word given to us.

In Exodus 3:13-15… We have a very important section of Scripture that, once again, reveals to us the identity of the God of this universe…

And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?  (14)  And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.  (15)  And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

Notice here, the name that God gives Himself is “I AM”, as we recall this is the exact principle reflected in the definition of the name “Jehovah”.  To call Himself the “I AM” is to say that He has, is and will always exist.  In other words, He is “the Existing One”.  There never was a time in the past when He has not existed, nor will there ever be a time in the future when He does not exist.

For Him to make the statement “I AM THAT I AM” speaks, not only of His eternal existence, but also of His immutability (He is not capable of change), His faithfulness to His promises, and His knowledge of all things throughout time.

Finally, in conjunction with the Exodus 3: passage, we would be remiss if we did not mention the Christ’s statements found in John 8:58-59…

Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.  (59)  Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

Here, if we read these verses carefully, we find that Christ took upon Himself the title “I AM” as He spoke to unbelieving Jews who claimed that He was possessed by a demon. (John 8:48-52)

By giving Himself this title, Christ was revealing to all mankind that He was the true God and Lord over all (Phil 2:5-11, John 10:30, John 1:1-2).  The unbelieving Jews recognized what He meant by taking upon Himself this title and attempted to stone Him.  Stoning was the acceptable punishment for blasphemy in the Jewish nation.  However, He as the True God, was able to pass from their presence without them hurting Him.

THE APPLICATION:

What a wonderful blessing it is to possess the Word of God.  It is in God’s Word that we have His identity clearly revealed.  The God of this Universe is Jehovah.  He is the One that always has, and always will, exist.  He can be trusted as the faithful, all-knowing Sovereign God over all that deserves our worship.  It was this same God that came to the earth as man to bring salvation to His people… His name is Jesus…

Joh 10:25-30  Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.

If you have any questions concerning the way of salvation please feel free to visit or call a Bible teaching church in your area.  They will be happy to speak to you about the Lord Jesus and the salvation He graciously gives.

Or, if you would rather, feel welcome to email me at settledinheaven@gmail.com.  I’ll be more than happy to answer any question you may have.

Also, if you look at my blog page “How To Have A Relationship With God”.  On this page, you will find several blog entries explaining the way of salvation.

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May the Lord bless your study of His Word.  Like God’s Word… may your soul’s salvation and your life’s faithfulness be “Settled in Heaven.”

Satan Is On A Short Leash…

Job 1:12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath [is] in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

Job 2:6  And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he [is] in thine hand; but save his life.

Rev 20:1-2 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.  And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Rev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet [are], and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

SIH’s Think On These Things: Restoring A Severed Ear

The next miracle in our series is Restoring A Severed Ear …This miracle is recorded for us in Luke 22:47-51.

In our account of this miracle we find Christ being approached by those who were out to harm Christ through betrayal, false accusations, and abuse of political, religious and judicial authority.  The account of what took place during this confrontation is described in His Word… And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss? 

His disciples allowing their flesh to react in the heat of the moment lashed out at His accusers… “When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword?  And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear”

Here we see the grace, kindness and love of our Lord on display as He reached out His hand to heal those who were set to misuse and harm Him… And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.”  Following this gracious act, His accusers arrested Him and took Him to the house of the high priest for further questioning.

In the performance of this miracle, we find our Lord setting for us the perfect example of forgiveness and love for those who are opposed to us.  We find this directive brought out in Scripture in Matt 5:43-47… Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.  For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?  And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more [than others]? do not even the publicans so?

And let’s keep in mind, if He was not gracious and forgiving towards His enemies, He would have never saved us nor brought us into communion with Him in Rom 5:8-11…. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only [so], but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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How To Deal With Wolves? Be Godly Sheep!

Matt 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

SIH’s Think On These Things: The Cursing of the Fig Tree

The next miracle in our series is The Cursing Of The Fig Tree …This miracle is recorded for us in Matt 21:18-22, Mark 11:12-14, 20-25.

In this miracle, we find the Lord who was hungering coming upon a fig tree.   When the tree is examined it is found to be barren of fruit.  The Lord’s response to the barren condition of this tree is recorded for us…. “And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it”.   This was the Lord’s curse delivered upon this tree.  The result of this curse is described  “And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.  And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.” 

The Lord then, uses this event as an object lesson to teach His disciples of two important aspects of an effective prayer life…  The first aspect is the need for a God-given faith that is characterized by an understanding of the will and ways of God.  Secondly, the need for the forgiveness of others who have wronged us.…

And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.  And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

In this miracle we can see, in a sense, an exact opposite type of miracle than all the others we have previously studied.  So far in our studies, every one of the previous miracles we have seen involved the Lord healing, or providing each individual need that was brought before Him.  In this study, we find for the first time, a miracle of the Lord bringing about harm and death to an object that was found to be in need.

The miracle was a display of grace and kindness to His disciples as the curse He pronounced ended up being the basis of a spiritual lesson on the importance of God-given faith and forgiveness to our prayer life.  But the tree was not a recipient of His grace, but of His judgment.  The tree, although it was in the fig bearing season did not bear figs, was thus deserving of judgment.  The phrase “for the time of figs was not yet” tells us that it wasn’t time to harvest the figs yet… therefore, it was to be expected that the tree would still have figs on it.

Folks, not only is our Lord a loving, kind and merciful God; but He is also a just God who will punish those who are not in submission for those who are living their lives within His will.  For those who have never accepted Him as their Lord, and therefore, have never willingly submitted to His authority we find the promise of an eternity of separation and punishment is awaiting them in the Lake of Fire. (Matt 25:31-46)

For those who have trusted in Him and submitted themselves to His authority, when we find willful, unrepentant sin on their part, they can be expected to face the chastening hand of the Lord as a loving, caring Father will punish His children in an effort to bring them back into communion with Him and help them to escape further disobedience and heartache. (Heb 12:5-9)

Folks, let’s all examine our lives and make the needed corrections.  If we judge ourselves effectively,  He will not have to judge us in this present world, or in the world to come. (1 Cor 11:31)

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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Go To The Light!

John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Hungry? …. Thirsty?

John 6:35 – And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

SIH’s Think On These Things: Healing Blind Bartimaeus

The next miracle in our series is Healing Blind Bartimaeus …This miracle is recorded for us in Mark 10:46-52.

Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a multitude following Him, He passed by a blind beggar named Bartimaeus sitting by the highway.  The blind man cries out to Jesus asking Him for mercy and desiring that he be healed.  Many who were following Christ called for the man to stop his cries.  But this only caused him to cry out more.  Jesus responds asking for the blind man to be brought to him.

The miracle is then performed…. “And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.”

This physical miracle performed by Christ teaches us a lesson about the greatest miracle that Christ performs for man, the miracle of salvation.  This is true in all of His healing miracles:

  1. When Christ heals someone who is lame; it is picturing that those who do not have a Godly walk, are given the ability to have a walk of service to Christ.
  2. When Christ heals one that cannot speak; it is picturing for us a lost man who brings dishonor to God through His speech. Once  they are saved, they are given a mouth      that is a witness bringing honor to His Lord.
  3. For those who have crippled hands and arms, they picture a lost man unable to serve God nor do His bidding.  Once they are saved, they are now given “new” arms of service for Christ.
  4. For those who are dead and then raised to life; this pictures one who was dead in trespasses and sins, at the Lord’s intervention is now given new spiritual life.
  5. This principle can be applied to ANY physical infirmity that is healed by Christ

In the miracle at hand, we find Christ healing one that was blind.  Please note he was a beggar who could do nothing to heal himself of the blindness that he suffered.  And he recognized he did not deserve the healing, this is why he begged asking for mercy to be shown.

This account presents to us the picture of a lost man who is blind to the truth of God’s Word….

2Cor 4:3-6 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

As you read and study God’s Word do you notice that you are understanding and learning His divine truths?  If so, praise the name of Christ, for it is through Him that you have received this truth!  Before you study do you take the time to ask God to open your eyes to His Word and apply it to your heart?  This is one of the best methods of preparing to read and study His Word.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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They Are Only For Our Good…

Deut 10:12-13 – And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,  To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?

SIH’s Think On These Things: The Raising Of Lazarus

The next miracle in our series is The Raising Of Lazarus …This miracle is recorded for us in John 11:1-44. This miracle is one of the most well-known of all the Lord’s miracles. Let’s see what we can learn from this very familiar event… (Once again, due to the length of this account, I would ask that you please take the time to read the entire account.  Many of the details of this event had to be skipped due to the length of this devotion. There is much more that can be learned from this wonderful event. My apologies.)

Here, we find Christ being sent a message from Lazarus’ sisters (Mary and Martha) telling Him of Lazarus’ sickness.  Christ responds by stating, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby..  He waits two days before He travels to Lazarus’ home.

Once He arrives Mary confronts Him by saying Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. We are then told that When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept.  Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!

Following Christ’s arrival at the tomb we are told that, Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? Then they took away the stone [from the place] where the dead was laid.  “And Jesus lifted up [his] eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said [it], that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

And then we read of the victory that was worked by Christ…

And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

If the Lord had not delayed in His traveling to Lazarus…. according to Mary’s testimony, He would have arrived before Lazarus had died. In that case, He would have healed Lazarus of his sickness. Although healing Lazarus would have glorified God, raising him from the dead brought more glory and honor to Christ and His heavenly Father.

What a lesson for us to keep in mind when Christ appears to be delaying an answer to our prayers!  We know that our Lord does all things for our good and His glory…  Are we experiencing a seeming delay in His answer to our requests?  Just remember, He will work in His time and, in doing so, will bring to pass the BEST for us and the GREATEST glory for Himself!

Ps 27:13-14 – [I had fainted], unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.  Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Healing 10 Lepers

The next miracle in our series is healing the 10 Lepers …This miracle is recorded for us in Luke 17:11-19

The events surrounding the miracle are described as… “And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:  And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.  And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.”   In those days, the priests were the ones given authority to determine if leprosy had infected an individual. (Lev 13:1-46).

According to this account, the Lord sent these men to be inspected by the priests BEFORE the leprosy had been healed…“ as they went, they were cleansed”.  For these men to begin their journey to see the priests took an incredible amount of faith.  They would have begun their trip to see the priests, without noticing any difference in the symptoms of their illness.  But as they traveled, they began to see the leprosy clear as the miracle took place.  What joy they must have experienced!

As the miracle came to completion, we find that only 1 out of the 10 men who were healed, returned to Christ, worshipping Him and glorifying God… “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.”   Incredible unmerited favor shown by Christ is displayed in two main ways:

  1. The healing of the leprosy was not deserved by any of the ten men.
  2. At least one of those who were healed was a Samaritan, who was looked upon by      Jews as ceremonially unclean and foreigners (John 4:9) and were considered by Gentiles to be of low social status. Samaritans (descendants of Jews who intermarried with Gentiles) were looked down upon as being on one of the lowest rungs of society, who were rejected by both Jews and Gentiles as being “half breeds”.

Are we willing to show love to those who are rejected by others?  Would we face ridicule for the sake of helping those who are considered inferior to others? This is the example that Christ has set for us.

Finally, notice that the one man that returned to Christ in appreciation was the healed Samaritan … “There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.” The obvious question that comes to mind is “Why, did the Samaritan return and the others did not?” The Bible does not answer this question, but, could it be that the Samaritan recognized how exceeding gracious the Lord was to him (as one who was rejected by all)?  Did the Jews take their healing for granted thinking that they “deserved” it being citizens of Israel?  We cannot know for sure, but I believe this is a possibility.

If this is so, the basic principle is this… the more we understand God’s gracious workings in our lives, the more we appreciate Him.  This appreciation then increases our desire to honor and glorify Him through service.  It is for this very reason that one of the greatest goals of the SIH ministries is to help Christians understand the great grace that God has bestowed upon each one of us motivating us to greater service and glorification of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let each of us take a moment to consider all of His gracious acts on our behalf and humble ourselves before Him as an act of thankfulness for all He has done.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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Rejoice…. He is merciful to us!

Ps 32:10-11 Many sorrows [shall be] to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.  Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all [ye that are] upright in heart.