God created mankind to have what He created nothing else to have. In Matthew 19:5 Jesus quoted Genesis 2:24, that talked about families for the very first time, and said that a husband and wife are to be closer than any other earthly relationship in this life. In this we can see that marital intimacy is born of a very unique relationship: one that involves committed, covenant love; years of shared sorrows, joys, tears, and laughter; security and hope for our future; and the blessing of our Heavenly Father. For intimacy to be the full gift that God intends it to be, it must involve the heart and soul of husband and wife in marriage.
This week we will see people who are hurting, people who are lonely, people who have given up on life. We will see people who have no idea where to turn for help. As servants of the most High God we should do everything we can to point them to Jesus. We should point them to Jesus by what we do, what we say, and who we have become. May God help us to do something good for Jesus today, to say something good about Jesus today, and to say something good for Jesus today.
Some very beautiful scriptures are in my heart today. Passages such as James 4:14, “What is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” or a scripture from the Sermon on the Mount, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?…God takes care of the birds of the air and the lilies of the field…He’ll take care of you also.” (Matt.6:25-34), or “You must put God first! ”
I love a hymn in our hymn books on page 461, “BE NOT DISMAYED WHATE’ER BETIDE” … Verse “Be not dismayed whate’er betide, God will take care of you; Beneath His wings of love abide, God will take care of you. Thru days of toil when heart doth fail God will take care of you; When dangers fierce your path assail, God will take care of you. All you may need He will provide, God will take care of you; Nothing you ask will be denied, God will take care of you. No matter what may be the test, God will take care of you; Lean, weary one, upon His breast, God will take care of you. Chorus: God will take care of you, Thru every day, O’er all the way; He will take care of you, God will take care of you.” Read Matthew 7:7-11 in connection with this song.
This week a friend in Elk City took her life. This is not the first time that a friend has taken their life. A young lady that went to church with us in Hereford, a class mate of Brad’s, took her life. She was married and had a child. While I was preaching at Elk, one of our Deacons took his own life. About two years ago, a close friend with a son in college at OU, took his own life. All these thoughts and other thoughts are flooding my mind today. WHY! WHY! WHY!
I wish I could have spoken to all of these and others. Life is beautiful, truly a blessing from God. Life at its worst…is worth living. Eternity comes soon enough! Enjoy the time that God has blessed you with. Troubles will come, and when they do…”Cast all your care upon God, for He care for you.” (I Peter 5:7).
“Love isn’t the falling, love is the staying.” Could you imagine if Jesus had left before He was crucified, sure we would understand that He loved us but it is through His commitment that we know agape love. In marriage it is no different. It is quite easy to fall in love but it is through staying to the end that true love is known. At times we are selfish, at other times we are careless with our words, and sometimes things just seem to go wrong but no matter what may happen we have made a covenant with God to love our spouse through thick and thin. “Love is the staying.”
“When you try to do everything by yourself, you get to do everything by yourself.” As children grow they always want to do things on their own. Eventually, one day, we all reach that point of being able to handle things on our own and all we really want is for someone to be there to help us. God will let us do things on our own if that is the way we want it but that is not the way He wants our relationship to be. God wants to be close to us and has created us to be close to Him. Today are we trying to come closer to God by talking to Him regularly, are we showing God that we want to be closer to Him by reading and studying His word? How close do I want my Father in Heaven to be? Well, how much time do I devote to being closer to Him in prayer and Bible study?
“But mostly, I cried because my life had been going full speed for so long and now it had just stopped, like running into a big brick wall, knocking the wind and the fight right out of me. And I didn’t know if I’d ever even wanted to get up and start breathing again” Sarah Dessen. Sometimes unexpected adversities hit us square on and suddenly we are on the ground feeling sick. When we find ourself on the ground the easiest way to get back up is by getting on our knees. When pain cripples us God is listening. When loss overwhelms us God hears. When we have no where else to turn God does not abandon us He gives us strength to eventually stand at His side as we rely on Him.
What difference does Jesus make in our life? Does your wife see the love of Jesus for His bride in your eyes and actions? Can your husband see the patience and heart of a servant in your kind words and warm embrace? Do your parents, children, friends, and family see the joy of salvation through Christ flowing through your life? Christ impacts every single area of life. God help us today to fill our heart so much with the life of Jesus that those around us would see Christ in all that we do.
“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts. Filling your mind with the blessings God gives, recognizing the good things that your family has done, and looking forward to a great promise of an eternal life with God can change today from a gloomy day to a bright day with great potential.
Some people just have a great way with words. They can look you directly in the eyes and tell you what you are doing wrong and that you need to straighten up and you can’t help but think that they really love you, even though you have really “messed things up this time.” I envision Jesus as being this type of a person. John 8:1-11 reminds me of how careful Jesus was with His words. He was not afraid to tell someone that a change had to be made but at the same time He used words that built them up. He let them know that with His help they could overcome. Are we using our words to strengthen our wife, husband, kids, parents and many others? Are we willing to help them through trying times with prayer and service?
This past Lord’s Day we centered our thoughts around the “Death of Christ” and the Lord’s Supper. We did this to make us more aware of a very special memorial feast which Christians partake of every first day of the week. In accordance with Matthew 26:26-30 and other passages we know that the emblems of the supper are unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine. We know from Luke’s account of the supper, that Jesus told His disciples to do this in remembrance of Jesus. (Lk.22:19) We know the bread was unleavened because that was the bread used in the Passover, and the Lord’s Supper was instituted at the Passover feast. The fruit of the vine was most likely grape juice which was common in those days. These emblems are not the literal body and blood of Jesus, but they do represent His body and His blood.
In the Bible this memorial supper was called “Lord’s Supper” (I Cor.11:20), and was called “Breaking Bread” (Acts 2:42), and it was called “The Table of the Lord” (I Cor.10:21). In verse 16 of that same 10th chapter of Corinthians, it is referred to as the communion of the body and the blood of the Lord. Jesus told his disciples that he wouldn’t partake of it again until He did so in the kingdom or the church.
Every first day of every week, Sunday, Christians keep the memorial feast in memory of the death of Jesus (Acts 20:7). We know that the first century church assembled together every Sunday from this passage in Acts 20, and also because of I Corinthians 16:1,2.
When we partake each Sunday, we partake in a worthy manner (I Cor.11:27). We are told in the context of this passage to examine ourselves before we partake. The simplicity of the Lord’s Supper means that we remember, that we examine ourselves, and that we discern the Lord’s body both on the cross and the body of Christ or church of which we are a part. When we partake correctly it strengthens us…and when we don’t we become sick spiritually (I Cor.11:27-30). God Bless as you partake.