2 Timothy 2:20-21 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
God wants to “show you off” for His glory. Remember, God wants to share with everyone, the entire universe, the “incomparable riches of His grace” (Ephesians 2:7). He does this by presenting us as examples, and we are obedient to him by offering our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. (Romans 12:1) God has chosen the lives of all believers to show His glory in the ages to come alongside Christ. What an honor! What a privilege! May our cry be that of Isaiah, “Here I am Lord, send me”! (Isaiah 6:8) Taken from Verse of the Day – Pastor Tom
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, 22 who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
This is one of the passages in scripture that gives us all three members of the Trinity. “He who establishes us” God Himself in the work of Jesus on the Cross gives us a foundation of eternal security. All is established “in Christ”, the second person of the Trinity. God then has “given us the Spirit” the third person of the Trinity, that guarantees our salvation. I am sure at the time of Adam and Eve’s sin God’s heart was broken because He loved them. So instead of destroying mankind, God gave us a way to be reconciled to Him and that is through the death of His Son Jesus Christ, and then after the ascension of Jesus, God sent the Holy Spirit to all those who believe in Jesus. Now talk about love – that is how much God loved us. But remember God hates sin and all sin will have to be paid for either by the individual or by the blood of His Son. To me there is no better choice than Jesus, thank You Lord for our Salvation. Pastor Tom
Psalm 18:16-19 Then the channels of the sea were seen,The foundations of the world were uncoveredAt Your rebuke, O Lord,At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils. 16 He sent from above, He took me;He drew me out of many waters.17 He delivered me from my strong enemy,From those who hated me,For they were too strong for me.18 They confronted me in the day of my calamity,But the Lord was my support.19 He also brought me out into a broad place;He delivered me because He delighted in me
This is a psalm of King David as he has just been rescued by the Lord from the hands of his enemies. David knew where his rescue came from and is in worship of God. God power, mercy, and grace all played a part in the rescue of David as we saw the display of God’s power in the verses right before this passage. We are told throughout Scripture that in Jesus Christ God is well pleased. Matthew 3:17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” God also in looking at us as His children through Jesus Christ is well pleased. For God sees us as sinless because His Son Jesus took our sins upon Himself at the Cross. Pastor Tom
Jeremiah 33:2-3 “Thus says the Lord who made it, the Lord who formed it to establish it (the Lord is His name): 3 ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’
Do you ever sit back and ponder the idea about prayer. In the last couple of months I have been struck by the awesomeness of prayer not only for me but for anyone who comes before God in prayer. My first twinge is always to say I do not pray enough or I find myself in loss of words or even significance in what I think I should be praying about. I have said many times that we must realize that we are praying to the Creator of the World! That realization alone has brought my prayer life to another whole level of prayer. God who does not need me but loved me, a God who did not need to save me but He sent His Son to die for me, and in all of that we see His only Son Jesus cry out to Him in Mark 14:6 And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.”. Jesus called His Father Abba literally translated Daddy. We too can find that intimate relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ found in Romans 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father. We through the Cross of Calvary are adopted into the family of God, sealed for eternity as children of our Daddy. Pastor Tom
Psalm 63:4-8 Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. 5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. 6 When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. 7 Because You have been my help, Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. 8 My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.
This is a Psalm of King David as he is in the wilderness of Judah. David is showing his deepest devotion and intense love for God. The phrase “I will lift up my hands in Your name” is an Old Testament action representing the person’s willingness to pray and the respect of being in the presence of God. David uses also the term “My soul will be satisfied as with marrow and fatness” is a metaphor to compare the spiritual and emotional satisfaction of being in the presence of God. Yet what I love most about this passage is the last verse “My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me” is the truth that we see about King David and that is his trust and devotion to God. King David was know as a man after God’s own heart. King David knew that all he had and all he had done was only possible through God Himself. Pastor Tom
Psalm 62:6-8 He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. 7 In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God. 8 Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.
King David makes it very clear that he will “not” be moved from his trust and strength in God. We live in such a changing world. Just look around you as we witness changes in the global arena, down to the changes in the United States, and even down into our very lives. Change is inevitable as we live this life some good changes some bad changes all requiring us to adapt to our surroundings. Yet we can stand and “not” be moved just like King David, when we realize that God is our rock and our salvation. No matter what happens to us we can be assured that God is in control and steadfastly holding us in His hands. Spend time with you heavenly Father today thanking Him for His love for us. Talk about love, God loved us so much that He sent His Son Jesus Christ to the Cross of Calvary to die for us. Think about it! Pastor Tom
Ephesians 2:4-7 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
God’s mercy and grace is the key to eternal life through Jesus Christ. When Adam sinned, God could of at that point destroyed man because of their sin. Yet, God loved us so much that He Himself through Jesus Christ became sin for us. Every time we come to the Lord we need to be on our knees in thanks and praise to Him for His love for us. Each and every time a person comes to Jesus Christ and the Cross of Calvary we see the Glory and Riches of God displayed. We are then given the promise that we will be raised up together to be with Jesus in heaven. Throughout the ages we have seen over and over again the grace and mercy of our God. What a day that will be when we see Jesus return and in an instant we will be caught up into the sky with Jesus. Pastor Tom
Psalm 96:04-06 For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. 5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the Lord made the heavens
Praise God the Creator of this world, do you realize that when you come to Him in prayer, yes you are talking to the Creator of this world, God Himself. Yet, in our world today people go after all kinds of gods to try and satisfy their desires and their wishes. They use God for their purposes: like in a health crisis will call on Him, or when they lose their job, or a family member gets in trouble, but when things are going along without trouble God is set on a shelf and all but forgotten about until the next crisis. God is at their disposal and sadly they truly do not know God. Thank You Lord, that through Jesus Christ we can praise Your Name in all aspects getting to know You throughout our lives. Praise God Pastor Tom
Proverbs 16:20-24 He who heeds the word wisely will find good,And whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.21 The wise in heart will be called prudent,And sweetness of the lips increases learning.22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it.But the correction of fools is folly.23 The heart of the wise teaches his mouth,And adds learning to his lips.24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
As sweet as honeycomb, yes the wonderfulness of the honey right from the hive of the bees. Using that imagery we can get a glimpse of the sweetness of the precious Word of God. I have heard people say to me by I find the Bible so hard to understand, or so out of date, or they find it boring. Well, to those who do not know Jesus Christ that is exactly the response I would expect, but for a child of God the Bible is a treasure of truth, grace, mercy, guidance, encouragement, etc. I love the richness and the clarity and the joy and the pureness and the strength I find as I walk through the Word of God. There is no other book around that one can live their entire life totally by. Every aspect of this life we live is found within the pages of God’ Word. Who else beside the Creator of this world can give us the wherewithal to live an abundant and gracious life. Thank You Lord for the truth of Your Word. Pastor Tom
Daniel 5:22-23 “But you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, although you knew all this. 23 And you have lifted yourself up against the Lord of heaven. They have brought the vessels of His house before you, and you and your lords, your wives and your concubines, have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone, which do not see or hear or know; and the God who holds your breath in His hand and owns all your ways, you have not glorified.
What do we mean with the word “Worship” or better yet what do we worship? King Belshazzar was using the things of the Temple of God to throw a party. The king tried to put himself on equal status as God. Daniel’s message was that sadly the very One that gave the king life was not the object of the king’s worship. Today we are inundated with all kinds of things to worship and treasure. We worship money, prestige, objects, others, feelings, and many other things we always say are good like health, family, success, etc. We have walked away from the true meaning of this word “Worship” for in the true sense of the word there is only ONE who should be the source of our worship and that is God. God holds our very lives, our surroundings, our possessions, and even the very next breath we breathe. Our fragile world is held together by the grace and mercy of God. So our true worship is not this world or anything in this world for we are all going to leave this life for an eternity either with God or separated from God. God prepared a way for any person to spend that eternity with Him and that is through the Cross of Calvary. Thank You Lord Pastor Tom
1 Thessalonians 5:8-10 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.
What a promise these verses give to us today. As children of Jesus Christ, we need to arm ourselves daily with the best possible armor and that is the breastplate of faith. Yes the breastplate protects our vital organs but God also wants us in faith to come to the realization that He is there to protect us. Our faith is based upon the truth and promise of God to always be there to take care of us. Yet some may say but what if that means that God wants us to walk through some tough times, well yes that is part of living on this earth because the world hated Jesus the world will hate us. What if my faith leads to my death while living for Jesus? God’s answer is found in verse 10, that no matter what happens in life or death we are promised eternal life with Jesus Christ. Our Savior has sealed our eternal soul to Himself, so no matter what happens here on earth or in our death we can confidently walk in the truth of salvation. Pastor Tom
Romans 1:18-25 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. When that day comes, when ever one that has ever lived and refused to believe in Jesus Christ, will have to give an account of their lives w lave absolutely no excuse. Our scripture today tells us that there will be no excuse for anyone that they does not believe in the Jesus Christ. Look at verses 19 and 20 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. We see also in verse 21 that though they knew God they turned their backs on God to live a life unto themselves. Remember in Romans one of the very clear message Paul discusses is that if a person does not know God they are an enemy of God. Sadly the majority of this world wants this world not the eternal God. The God that sent Jesus Christ to this earth to die for those who will give their lives in repentance and confession to the Cross of Calvary. This world is so finite and temporal, but Jesus Christ is eternal! Pastor Tom
Psalm 66:8-9 Oh, bless our God, you peoples! And make the voice of His praise to be heard, 9 Who keeps our soul among the living, And does not allow our feet to be moved
What a joy and comfort to know that the Lord is there constantly keeping us safe as we live for Him. Have you ever had a situation in your life that you were so unsure of yourself, struggling to make the right decisions or what path to take? In those and in every situation we find ourselves in, we can have the security and the peace that God is in control. Our role is to surrender to Him daily in complete trust and obedience. Yes, many will say that this hard, but believe me when I say that once you have seen this occur in your life you realize that the path God has for you is the only one worth walking. Usually the biggest hurdle to get over is that I think I know what’s best for me, No! God’s will and purposes are by far the most important aspects of a Christians life. Pastor Tom
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; 20 that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”
Life is a choice. Moses is charging Israel to choose the Lord, and to hold fast to Him. In verse 20 Moses says, “For the Lord IS your life”. Today, we must realize that our faith, our world, our livelihood, and the very breath we breathe is all from the Lord. The Lord is everything and all of our life is His as a child of His. He’s not just your healer, provider, shield, strength, savior, etc. (though He is these things). He is your very life. We breathe because of grace, and experience life thanks to Christ. We must stand in His presence in humility and praise as all we have or will ever have is given to us by God. How can we not serve Him Pastor Tom
Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
Wow look at the life of Paul: he had been in prison, chased out of Thessalonica, actually smuggled out of Berea, ridiculed in Athens, the Corinthians called him a fool, and he was stoned but in all those struggles and trials Paul still wanted to go to the center of the Roman Empire to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul knew that no matter what came his way he was under the authority and the grace of God and did not fear man. Paul stood proudly not boasting in himself but boasting in the Lord Jesus Christ. As our verses today say that God’s righteousness is revealed from person to person that comes to a saving knowledge in repentance and confession of Jesus Christ. As we live our lives as children of God we need to be ready in “ALL” circumstances to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. We read in 1 Peter 3:13-17 And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. Do you truly believe Jesus is all that matters? Then tell others Pastor Tom