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Tag Archives: Matthew
“Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD’s thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is” Deut.10:14
Ultimately, God wants His children to be spiritually and physically prepared for natural and non-natural disasters that will occur in the end times. Being spiritually prepared is relying on God as our protector and restorer in the times of natural disaster, and trusting with full assurance that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Matthew 6:34 states, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” God knows all that we need in times of trouble and He bids us to do one thing which is to trust in His promises. God tells us in Luke 21:36, “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” To watch is an action word which means to “to keep awake, especially for a purpose”. We have to keep awake in this world so that we do not fall asleep to its temporal pleasures. As we watch with a purpose of the signs of prophecy and world events that God warns us of in His word, we must pray that He helps us to be vigilant, undistracted, and steadfast in faith so that we are not overpowered with fear or doubt.
Physical preparation can be viewed in two ways. Preparing for our physical temples (the body), and to put in proper position our living environment for any natural disaster that may occur. When pertaining to our bodies as physical temples, we must take into account that there will be a short supply of food and water due to destruction. One example that God gives us to prepare for such cases is found in the story of Joseph. Joseph was warned and commanded by God to prepare for an extended drought of seven years that the Egyptians would have to endure by storing an immense amount of food (Gen.41). God tells us to take no thought for tomorrow because He most likely will provide us with the thought of how to take action in preparing for our physical temples when disaster occurs in the end times.
Now how are we to prepare for our physical domains for natural disasters? One of the very first examples that God gives to us is found in the story of “Noah and the Ark”. God told Noah to prepare for the storm that would take place by building an ark (Gen 6). Just as those who where outside of the ark perished, had Noah disobeyed God’s command, he and his family would have suffered death. Furthermore, depending on where one inhabits, he or she must be prepared for tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, and any other natural disaster that may cause serious physical damage to property and shelter. However, we can never be more secure with knowing if these disasters do occur, our tangible foundation may be destroyed but our spiritual foundation in Jesus will always help us remember God’s power to restore all things. “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:” (Matt 7:24). With God we can have full assurance that He will not only protect us during disastrous times, but that He will supply us with all of our needs and more. Trusting in Him is the first step in this assurance policy!
Through the trials and tribulations of life, there is one thing that most Christians never do–PRAY. Whenever we are in a bind or up against a wall, we call our friends or family, but never our heavenly Father. Why is that? Is it because we fear His response? Is it because we know what He would tell us to do?
The Lord knows our hearts. He also knows what’s best for us, but sadly we don’t seek him as our lifeline. Instead, he is our last option when we’ve surpassed our point of desperation. How painful it must be for Christ to see His children suffer and not seek His presence! How sad it must be that our advocate now stands on the unemployment line, because we do not allow him to represent us before his Father!
With the nationwide season of thanks behind us, and the so-called celebration of Christ’s birth before us, will we as Christians continue to align ourselves with the very person we avoid? Why do so if our actions contradict the character of Christ?
In prayer, there is strength. In prayer, there is deliverance. In prayer, there is peace. In prayer, there is an open line of communication with the one who is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent.
We have one of the most powerful allies anyone can ask for. In times of war, it is he who we must fight alongside. Better yet, he would rather fight the battle for us. A battle against Christ is automatic defeat. Nothing and no else can give us that guarantee.
Though he faced hungry lions and was put in a fiery furnace for his obedience to God, Daniel prayed without ceasing (Daniel 6). Imprisoned by King Herod, Peter prayed without ceasing (Acts 12). Hours before he was to be betrayed, then crucified, Jesus prayed without ceasing (Matthew 26). If prayer was a viable resort for them, then why not for us?
Lord, you spoke well when you told your Father that we knew not what we had done. Centuries later, your children are still lost–including myself.
I pray that you never let us go. I pray that you will continue to advocate for us. I pray that we quickly open our eyes and realize the many blessings you have bestowed upon us–the many opportunities for second chances. Lord, shine your light so that we may see through the darkness. Save us Lord, for we need you now more than ever.
Millions of people from around the world will gather at the table to give thanks for life, health, family & friends, and of course the food.
What are you thankful for? How has God blessed you this week, month, or year? Have you ever testified of His goodness? What has stopped you from sharing His love for you with someone else? Your testimony must be heard.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. [Psalms 100:4 KJV]
As we sit at a table covered in food and surrounded by family and friends, I pray that you remember God’s many blessings upon you. Remember to always thank God, not just on this day but always. Most importantly, remember to thank Him publicly so that others may know that He is still the King of our lives, He is the alpha and omega, and that he continues to keep His promise–to provide for His children.
Let us also remember the less fortunate. Those who may be without shelter, family, love, hope, or food. Let us always continue to fulfill our Christian duty to our fellow man.
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. [Matthew 25:35-36, 40KJV]
As I sat back in the church, listening to the pastor preach, a scary thought came into my mind. I smiled but shuddered at the idea. “Hell was designed for the devil and his angels, not for us,” said the pastor. I shook my head and thought what if hell was full. We all know that although God intended for Satan and his angels to burn in hell, some of God’s own children will also be included.
Christians have become too accustomed to warming up the benches. We have forgotten the great commission given to us in Matthew 28:19, 20. It says, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Sadly, many of us believe that once I am baptized and have perfect attendance at church, I am saved.
Perfect attendance in school doesn’t amount to anything without hard work and lots of studying. The same goes for the church. You have to study God’s word and pray without ceasing. Prayer is the way we communicate with our heavenly Father.
A relationship with Jesus Christ, Son of Man will save you. Notice I didn’t say a relationship with your pastor, your parents, your spouse, or children. You must have your own personal relationship with God.
Though hell was not designed for the children of God, many of us have already secured our seats. Just in case you did not know, it is not exclusive to the vilest of criminals. You do not need VIP status in order to get a full access pass. Surprised? I hope not. God looks at all sin the same. One sin is not worse than the other. Being an adulterer is not worse or better than a murderer. In our society, a rating system may work but not in the kingdom of God. Sin is sin. One is not more acceptable than the other. God is a perfect being, so how could we expect Him to accept any fraction of sin? He has taught us, His children, to despise sin. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
John 3:16, 17 says, “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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
The time is nigh. Jesus’ second coming is right around the corner. Probation is almost over. It’s now or never. In this game of life, whose team are you on? Though we already know who the winning team will be, many of us have already shown loyalty to the losing side. It’s not too late to switch. God is a forgiving being who knows and understands us more than you can imagine.
Take the time to know Him. Build a relationship with Him. You won’t regret it!
Kristia M. Beaubrun
International Women’s Day of Prayer
Speaker: Eunice Senior-Baker, Northeastern Conference of SDA
Scripture Reading: Luke 8:40-48
As women, we must reclaim our responsibility as prayer warriors. We must pray for the church, pray for each other, pray for our young people, pray for those who don’t know the Lord. When women pray, great things happen.
One concern of the devil is to keep perople from praying. He doesn’t care about prayerless religion or prayerless work. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray. So let us continue in prayer.
In Luke 40, we read the story of the ruler of a synagogue who came to Jesus, pleading for Him to heal his only daughter. Jesus never turns down someone’s cry for help. He was on an emergency call. So He headed to Jairus’ house. The crowd also followed Him. As He headed to the house to stand by the girl’s bedside, a women suffering from an issue of blood for 12 years snuck into the crowd and touched His garment.
We don’t know her name. She is referred to as the woman with an incurable issue of blood. She was so stigmatized that no one cared to learn her name. She was identified by her issue and not by the contributions she offered nor her value. She lived under the Levitical laws, during which it was important for a woman to be identified by family or position in the community. Due to her issue, she was a social outcast for 12 years, excommunicated from the temple and synagogue, considered impure. She was divorced from her husband and abandoned by her family.
For 12 years she sought help and healing from physicians who were stumped. She suffered alone with this illness. She lost all hope and was in despair. She heard that Jesus was in town and had heard of all the miracles He had done. He cast out demons, made the lame to walk, the dumb to speak, and calmed the seas. She knew that He was the great physician and the only one who could help her. This was her only chance she thought. So she made her way through the crowd thinking that she only had to touch the hem of His garment and that would be enough. It was now or never and she had nothing else to lose, because she had already lost everything.
In one touch, she concentrated all of her faith and instantly her illness gave place to good health. We must all touch Jesus for ourselves. Jesus recognized the touch and halted, turning to ask who touched Him. Jesus was surrounded by a crowd so any one of them could have touched Him, Peter thought. This touch was different and Jesus knew it, because He felt virtue leave Him. Jesus knows the difference between a touch of need from a touch of greed.
This woman was treated by the church and the people as nothing or nobody. Jesus sought the person who touched Him and fearfully she spoke up in fron of the many who had abandoned her in her time of need. Jesus, however, called her His daughter. She was somebody, the daughter of the Prince of Peace.
Jesus is never too pre-occupied to not recognize the cry, quest, and need of a single, solitary soul. There is a certain sensitivity which Jesus has towards the needs of each of us. No one is ever hidden from Him.
Why didn’t Jesus let the woman stay hidden? The Son of God knew who touched Him. That’s not why He asked the question. There’s a lesson behind it. If she remained hidden, the good of the action would fail her. She needed to know who healed her and not how or people would want Jesus’ clothes. Matthew 5:34 says, “And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.” Healing didn’t come from His clothes. She shouldn’t be misled. Touching Christ or His clothes didn’t bring healing, because there were many in the crowd who interacted with Him. They were also sick, but not healed. She couldn’t think that her touch could work a miracle. Jesus wanted to recognize her faith. Her touch was different, not a casual t ouch, but a conscious, deliberate, voluntary, dependent, saving, pre-meditated touch of faith.
Hers was a touch motivated by faith and faith always stop Jesus in His tracks. It gets His attention every time. God wants us to have a personal relationship with Him. We must know the Savior, if we must experience personal salvation. We must not be satisfied with being a part of the crowd. We may be near Jesus in a thousand crowds and yet not once in contact with Him. We are too c omfortable with surrounding Him as a crowd, but never truly knowing Him, or purposefully touching Him.
Jesus loves you so much that He made a way for you to be saved. That is why He died for you. He loves us too much to let us die. Jesus is still here for you. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Can one live without essential nutrients needed to supply the body with nourishment? Food has always been needed for the human body to effectively function and for the sustainment of life. However, when one fails to take in nutrients and energy needed for stability, it can cause damage to the body and may lead to fatalistic consequences such as death.
“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.”(John 6:35). If we are not daily feasting on the bread of life, the savior of this world, then we are spiritually starving ourselves! Knowing who Jesus is and what he is, and Knowing about him, and what he can do are two different things.
God has given us food to help nourish every part of our bodies, even in the absence of physical food. His true and perfect word helps us to know who He is, what He is, why He is, and where He is in our lives. 2 Timothy 2:15 states, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” The only way we can gain access to this bread is through searching the word of God and by being in consistent communion with Him through prayer. By doing this we will please and show God that we are faithful to Him.
The enemy may try to tempt us but with the word of God on our lips, in our minds, and in our hearts, we can resist temptation the same as our Saviour did. “But he answered and said, it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matt. 4:4).
Physical food is not enough to keep us alive, but God’s word is sufficient! We must not starve ourselves from what is necessary for growth in life, and life itself. . No longer can we starve ourselves, but we must indulge into the word of God. Jesus is waiting to full us with his truth and goodness, but we must be willing to be fed by feeding ourselves.
“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Psalm 34:8
Thanks for reading and remember God loves you. Be blessed!
Author: Rebecca Cenatus