Archive for December 2020

Jesus, The H.A.N.D.S. of God

John 20:24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” 26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”

Just as an examination of the nail prints convinced Thomas he was beholding the hands of deity, a closer look at the Bible reveals that Jesus shares the HANDS of God: 

Honors: Jesus shares the honors due to God. 

Attributes: Jesus shares the attributes of God. 

Names: Jesus shares the names of God. 

Deeds: Jesus shares the deeds of God

Seat: Jesus shares the seat of God. 

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Redeem The Time: Keys to Maximizing Opportunity

Ephesians 5:16
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 
KJV Verse 16, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

“The opportunity of a lifetime must be seized in the lifetime of the opportunity.” 
~ Leonard Ravenhill:

“You can't make up for lost time. You can only do better in the future.” 
~ Ashley Ormon

Chronos is “Clock Time”
Kairos is God’s “set time” or  “maximizing opportunity”

A Biblical Understanding of Time
1. The purpose of God should be the motivating factor in our lives. He expects us to rightly use the time we have on the earth. 
2. Time is the interval between the eternal past and the eternal future which has been created for God to redeem and restore creation and humankind. 
3. Time allows God to move in seasons to fulfill His purposes. 2 Tim,1:9, “Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began”
4 . Redeeming the time is a Biblical mandate and a command from God. Time should not be misused. It is a non-renewable resources. Time moves in one direction only.

Who am I?
I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
Half the things you do you might just as well turn over to me, and I will be able to do them quickly, correctly. I am easily managed - you must merely be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done, and after a few lessons I will do it automatically. I am the servant of all great people; and alas, of all failures as well.  Those who are failures, I have made failures. I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a human being. You may run me for a profit or turn me for ruin - it makes no difference to me.
Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the world at your feet.Be easy with me and I will destroy you.

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What God is Doing in You During a Pandemic

Philippians 1:6, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; 7 just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace.

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