Monthly Archives: January 2016
By: Tim Sader
I cried like a swift or thrush, I moaned like a mourning dove. My eyes grew weak as I looked to the heavens. I am troubled; O Lord, come to my aid!”
When Christ rose from the dead he ascended to the Father to prepare a place for us in eternity. He is in heaven right now standing on Gods right hand waiting on that day we will all be with Him. This weekend in my spirit the Lord has been telling me to, “Look up” by doing so we are focusing on the one who can change things and make our life better. The Lord seemed to be speaking nonsense to Abraham, he was old and his wife was way to old to have children but by looking up and counting the stars his focus was not on the circumstance but on the words of God (Genesis 15:4-5). All the objects in the sky are created by the Lord so when we see these things we are not to be in awe of them but should remember the Lord who has delivered us in Christ and gave us His inheritance (Deuteronomy 4:19-20). Moses recognized the Lord as being above them, knowing all things and remembering His promises. As Israel looks up and trusts in Him they want the Lord to look down on them and give them the land He promised to their fathers (Deuteronomy 26:15). By doing this they are looking to God and establishing a type of communication with Him, asking Him to do as he promised them and of course the Lord kept His promise. When David looked up he saw an angel, which was giving him a sign of the danger Jerusalem was in because of David’s sins. He immediately clothed himself in sackcloth and fell on his face pleading his case before the Lord to spare the lives in Jerusalem because it was not their fault he was to blame (1 Chronicles 21:16). He looked up saw the sign from God, repented and the Lord did not destroy the people because of David humbling him self before Him and asking for mercy.
When we look to God it my take all that we have but we must look up to him when we are in trouble because he will come to our aid. Everything we can see and touch in the natural is only temporary it will all fade away, wear out or die. When we look past these things and look to the Lord we see salvation and righteous that lasts forever (Isaiah 51:6). Looking up toward the Lord we should be examining our hearts and asking questions about what makes us wrong or right. We should be looking to Him for guidance where we need it and how to improve the areas we already think we are strong in (Job 35:5-7). Look up and just talk to the Lord He is always listening. Jesus often showed us exactly how we are supposed to trust in God and communicate with Him. When he prayed over the food and feed the 5,000 he looked up to heaven and asked God to provide more then enough food for these people. He knew the Lord would provide enough for everyone and the Lord did exactly that (Matthew 14:19). Jesus looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” which means, “Be opened!” At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly (Mark 7:34-35).” Again Jesus looked to heaven for the answer because the condition this man was in troubled Him and He knew God had the answer. Christ told the man’s ears and mouth to be opened and immediately they were and He began to speak plainly. When we look to God He has the answer and will either grant our request or guide us in how to accomplish His perfect will in whatever trial we are facing.
The Lord looks down at each and every one of us. He sees all and knows all we do because He created us and formed our hearts. He considers everything we do as He watches over us (Psalm 33:13-15). When He looks down at us He wants to know those who seek Him (Psalm 14:2). When we place our trust in Him look back at him he will see that we seek him. As the Lord looks down at us He hears the groans of all who are still in bondage to sin. He hears the cries of the lost, sick and hurting. It is He who wants to set them free from the curse of death (Psalm 102:19-20). All they must do is look up and see Christ who gave himself as sin so we could be set free. When Stephen looked up he saw Gods glory and Jesus standing in his place beside God (Acts 7:55-56). This vision actually got him a beating people thought he was crazy and it sounds crazy but when we focus on Jesus and look to Him, He is who we see. After seeing Jesus taken into heaven people were totally amazed they just stood there looking into the sky almost not believing what they saw. They were looking up as a spectator not knowing of the Jesus that will be returning one day in the resurrection (Acts 1:11). When we look up to heaven and trust in Christ we must remember He is returning and He will set us free from all our troubles if we will ask and believe He will do it for us. Look Up and see the glory of the Lord at work inside of each of us!
I pray that this message will sink into your hearts and minds this week and if anyone is not a believer my prayer is they will meet the Lord. If it’s on your heart to make Jesus Christ your Savior send me a message to email@example.com and I will help you do that.
By: Tim Sader
Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word. (Psalm 103:20)
Last week we continued our year of worship with the Song of Bless the Lord by Leonard Jones. We learned that our sacrifice of praise is pleasing to God; it is how we Bless the Lord. In the verse above David makes reference to the mighty angels who do the work of God and obey His word. David envisions or instructs the angels to praise the Lord. Angels are a great benefit to all believers; we have the right to call on them to be our help and this is a reason to praise the Lord (Hebrews 1:14). All the hosts of heaven, all who do the Lords will are told by David to praise the Lord (Psalm 103:21). We do not know the exact number of angels in heaven but there is an entire army of them. Today’s song is God of the Angel Armies by Jonathan David Helser. The link to this song is https://youtu.be/SQWE0YhFQkg or search for the song title and artist on Youtube. When king Aram was at war against Israel all his plans got messed up because God revealed them to Elisha and he told the king of Israel. King Aram accused his officers of being spies for Israel but they let him know it was the prophet Elisha. He was furious and demanded to know where to find this prophet of God. He was in Dothan so the king sent out an army of strong men to capture him. When Elisha’s servant looked outside the next morning he saw the army had surrounded the city. The servant cried, “Oh no, what should we do?” Elisha answers “Don’t be afraid, those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” He then tells the Lord to open the servant’s eyes; when he looked up the hills were full of Angel Armies and they were surrounding Elisha (2 Kings 6:11-17). The Angel Armies were sent by God to protect Elisha from the army of men sent to capture him.
Just like God did for Elisha we have access to Angel Armies; they are all around us, keeping us safe so we can do the work of the Lord. He will command His angels concerning us to guard us in all our ways; they will lift us up in their hands so we will not strike our foot against a stone (Psalm 91:11-12). This is the same passage of scripture the devil used in the wilderness to see if Jesus would test God to see if the angels would save Him. I bring this up because the devil was an angel so he knew that there were angels that would save Him if they needed to. How much more should we believe it if the enemy knew it was a reality? After Peter attacked the temple guard in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus rebuked him and reattached the guard’s ear. Then He said, “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels (Matthew 26:53)?” Jesus knew legions of angels would fight for Him if He gave the command for them to. A legion at that time was about 1,500 men so that would be 18,000 angels ready to go to war for Jesus to protect Him. Angel Armies will protect us if we will call on them when we are in trouble. Jesus could not call them at that time because it was not the will of God for Him to stop from going to the cross. In the last days there will be war in heaven. Michael and his angels will fight against the dragon and his fallen angels (Revelation 12:7). To have war there must be Angel Armies prepared to do battle. When Christ comes with His robe dipped in blood to rule and reign on earth the armies of heaven will be with Him on white horses (Revelation 19:13-14). Praise the Lord, God of the Angel Armies will fight for us; they are all ministering spirits sent to help them who inherent salvation through Christ.
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16