The heart of Jesus is seen in His treatment of the multitudes about Him. On one occasion we read, “In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples unto Him, and saith unto them, I have compassion on the multitude, because they have been with Me three days, and have nothing to eat: And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way…” (Mark 8:1-3).
Many of us live with physical problems, problems that cause us to function with less than a normal sense of well being. In some cases, we learn to live with them and are able to live a normal life. In other cases, our lives are greatly altered. All we can do is adjust accordingly.
Introduction: One of the great blessings of the Christian life is to walk in harmony and genuine fellowship with God and to know His ministering presence in our lives. The Christian life is more than just a set of facts we know and agree with. It is an experience of fellowship with Him. Only in such a relationship can we find true joy and satisfaction. I write on this because I think it is a fact either ignored or rejected by many believers. The result is, we stumble along in our Christian lives never knowing the fullness of His intended blessings.
Introduction: Jesus promised that He will return for His own. That is a wonderful and glorious promise that all believers can rejoice in. Yet, Jesus has a concern about what He will find when He returns. It is not that He does not know, but He asks a question certainly for us to contemplate. The question is, “…when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). I’m thinking particularly of the professing church, the church that professes to know, love and honor the Lord Jesus. Certainly there will be some whose faith is strong and true, but there will be many whose worship bears no resemblance to the truth of God’s word.
In Bible times, Jesus did many things that for anybody else were impossible. He raised the dead, healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, and changed the water into wine just to name a few. His miracles caused great rejoicing among those who were the recipients. Many of those miracles were done to prove to His people that He was the promised Messiah.
The question some ask is, “Does Christ still do miracles today?” Of course, being that Jesus Christ is God, He has all the power and wisdom of God. He can do whatever He determines in His own will and wisdom to done.
One of the greatest blessings of life is the blessing of being able to see with our physical eyes. God has made so many beautiful things and what a blessing to see what He has created! Being able to see green grass, blue skies, beautiful flowers, the faces of family and friends and a multitude of other things is a blessing beyond description. Unfortunately, we sometimes see things every day without considering the source of such blessings. We often just take for granted our ability to see. Every day we should be mindful of the wonderful blessings God has given to us.
Unity is a wonderful thing, whether it be in a family, church, business, or any other grouping of people. Today, unfortunately, so much of the world is living with disunity. [Of course, this has been true ever since the fall in the Garden of Eden!]This is true in the church as well as in any other group of people. Fortunately, unity should be a highlight of the local church. True believers have so much in common. King David observed, “Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psa. 133:1).
Many Christians think of their lives as being quite complete, especially regarding spiritual truths. In some cases, this may be more or less true. Still, perhaps if we are really honest with ourselves, we would have to admit that there are many deficiencies in our spiritual understanding and living. We are sometimes deceived by our own false assumptions. Further, we sometimes measure ourselves by false standards and so the truth eludes us.
The Apostle Paul, in expressing his concern for the Thessalonians, said, “For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord. For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God; Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith? (I Thess. 3:8-19).
Anchors. They hold things in place, like a fishing boat in a blustery wind. They keep the boat from drifting to unproductive places on the lake. If you are fishing, you want to be in the place where the fish are!
I have been thinking, what really is the anchor of our souls? Do we really have a dependable spiritual anchor or are we just assuming so because of certain met conditions in our life? Is it possible that we are satisfied with insecure anchors? Personally, I believe that is true for multitudes of Christians. We are identified with given churches and programs without knowing the reality of what a true anchor is.
With this in mind, I would like to discuss and hopefully distinguish between genuine spiritual anchors for our souls and things that maybe only appear to be so.
Perhaps for most people, thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year. Thanksgiving Day itself is often filled with good food, fellowship, and family gatherings. I have many happy memories of Thanksgiving Day and I cherish such memories as they are a reminder of God’s goodness.
Thanksgiving for Christians, though, is different from those who have not come to faith in Christ. For the unbeliever, Thanksgiving is often just a day to get off work, have a nice feast, and enjoy the pleasures of the moment. Indeed, such times can be very enjoyable.