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Throwback Thursday week 30

Throwback Thursday

Week 30

By: Tim Sader

Isaiah 38:14 

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 tuesdaystorch@gmail.com and I will help you do that.

 
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Posted by on 01/28/2016 in Throwback

 

Throwback Thursday week 29

Throwback Thursday

Week 29

By: Tim Sader

John 11:25 

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.”

Last Thursday I received the news that a dear friend of mine lost her mother who was battling ALS for several years.  It often progresses fast only five to ten years after the onset of symptoms.  On the way to the funeral Friday I kept hearing in my spirit, I am the resurrection and the life he who believes in me though they die yet shall they live.  The spirit was truly moving on me and I didn’t know what was going to happen during her memorial.  For a brief moment I remembered Lazarus but then felt at peace that it was her time to go.  To my surprise the main message in the service was about the promises of a resurrection to those who believe in Him.  They remembered her smile, her energy and her faith in her Lord and savior Jesus Christ.  She fought hard to not become bitter and blame God for her difficult situation and carried with her peace to the grave because of the hope for the resurrection.  She made the last request for her children and loved ones to remember God and to trust in Him even when death is at the door because then heaven is just a blink away.

Today’s scripture is what Jesus says to Martha the sister of Lazarus after he had been dead for four days.  Without Christ and the power of God Lazarus was dead and hanging out with the saints.  Being a faithful follower of Christ he was to be risen in the resurrection on the last day.  To display the power of resurrection Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead on that day (John 11:21-26).  A person being raised from the dead today isn’t impossible but whether risen here or in eternity when we believe in Christ we are saved and death has no power over us.  God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and every believer since then but if He is not the God of the dead these men are still living which proves the power of resurrection for all who believe (Matthew 22:31-32).  We understand that Christ made Himself our sacrifice by taking all sin on Him and overcoming death so we can live forever.  In Mark is the story of Christ’s resurrection.   Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome were going to visit the tomb of Christ to anoint His body with spices.  When they got there the stone was rolled away and a man dressed in white was sitting in the tomb and he spoke to them. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you. (Mark 16:6-7)'” This news filled them with joy because Jesus was raised from the dead just as he told them he would and this forever changed us all.  His power of resurrection was so strong many holy people were raised with Him and spoke to people in the city (Matthew 27:52-53).  These people were just people like you and me who trusted in God and lived holy lives and because of this they were risen with Christ as we will be in the resurrection.

Christ was just a man in the flesh, a long lost relative of David but in the Spirit he was declared with power to be the Son of God (Romans 1:3-4).  This was proven by his resurrection and he is now our Lord and we will be risen with him in the final resurrection.  The early apostles spoke what they witnessed first hand because they knew Christ had been raised from the dead after three days and that death and decay never could keep him bound (Acts 2:31).  By knowing and testifying to the resurrection they presented it with power and the grace of God was upon them (Acts 4:33).  By believing we testify of His resurrection and by believing we are saved by the grace upon us.  By trusting in Christ and the power of His resurrection we are sharing in His sufferings and being like him in death knowing we will rise again from that death (Philippians 3:10-11).  In following Christ’s example of suffering we will attain resurrection from the dead because we have His Spirit inside of us.  The patriarchs were put through many trials and suffered greatly because of their beliefs.  They had the faith to be strong because they knew that suffering for what they believed brought them a better resurrection (Hebrews 11:32-35).  Paul stands in agreement with all the Laws that came down from the Prophets of old and he also holds on to that hope they had in their suffering for the coming resurrection (Acts 24:14-15).  Notice that the resurrection is not only for the righteous but also the wicked, it is for everyone but what happens on that day comes down to choosing Christ or continuing in our sin.  Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is the Lord.  When Christ died He united us believers so when we die we can be with the Lord.  If we are united in death how much more will we be united in resurrection and in eternity forever with the Lord (Romans 6:5).

I don’t usually do this but I recommend reading (1 Corinthians 15) the entire chapter to gain much insight on resurrection.  If resurrection is preached and we admit to believe in the gospel then how can we not believe in the coming resurrection?  If we do not believe in resurrection we cannot believe Christ died for us because without being raised there can be no redemption, we worship a dead man and our belief is useless (1 Corinthians 15:12-19). “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.  For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive (1 Corinthians 15:20-22).”  People we do not serve a dead God because in Christ we all will be made alive, death cannot keep us down.  Later we learn there is a new body in resurrection, one that will not perish but will remain forever.  All that we are is transformed into all that God wants us to be (1 Corinthians 15:35-53).  What mattered in this flesh and blood will matter no more when we are made perfect in resurrection.  We have our victory in Jesus Christ our Lord when we believe in his power death cannot harm us in anyway (1 Corinthians 15:54-57).  It has no sting because we have a hope in the Lord and have been given the victory over sin and death.

 
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Posted by on 01/21/2016 in Throwback

 

Throwback Thursday week 28

Throwback Thursday

Week 28

By: Tim Sader

Mark 9:35 

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”

The bible instructs us to serve others and to serve the Lord.  When we serve the Lord we must do it with all that we are spirit, soul and body.  We are to love Him, fear Him and walk in all His ways that are righteous and lead to blessings (Deuteronomy 10:12).  Serving the Lord is a conscious choice we have been given for our household and us (Joshua 24:15).  When we make this choice we are doing as the Lord asks and will reap the rewards for doing so.  When we serve God we are to put our all into it, we must be zealous and have an intense willingness to serve our creator in every way we can (Romans 12:11).  He made each of us and gave us the choice to serve him or not, it’s just a simple choice.  When we make that choice to serve him, whatever we do we should do it as we would if Christ was the one asking us to (Colossians 3:23-24).  When we serve others we serve Him.  Because of Jerusalem being humbled the Lord decides not to destroy them by the hand of their enemy.  He does teach them that serving the Lord is better then serving foreign kings by making them his subjects (2 Chronicles 12:7-8).  Even in captivity God instructs them to serve their enemies instead of fearing them. Gedaliah reassures his men that it will be well with them (Jeremiah 40:9).  Even the worst job in the world goes better when we choice to humble ourselves, grin and bear it.

A great example of being humble and serving can be found when Abigail became David’s wife. She humbled herself and went far beyond her duties by not only caring for her master but being sure to even wash the feet of his servants (1 Samuel 25:41).  She truly had a gift to serve others.  Serving is a spiritual gift and by serving this gift is fulfilled in the one who’s being the humble servant.  As you know there are many spiritual gifts and all gifts are to be used to serve others.  When you learn to us the various gifts God has given you to serve you are using it how it was meant to be used (1 Peter 4:10).  We are called to be shepherds by serving others not because of selfish gain or out of obligation but because we love the Lord and by serving we set an example to those the Lord has given us to minister to (1 Peter 5:2-3).  When we serve and minister to our flock we must do it wholeheartedly like we are serving the Lord Himself.  Ultimately he will be the one to reward us for the good we’ve done despite our circumstances (Ephesians 6:7-8).  When Christ was crucified He was at His weakest but the power of God made him alive again and made it possible for Him to live inside us all.  That same power Christ had and his desire to serve is also in us so we should live to serve others (2 Corinthians 13:4).  Today’s scripture sometimes to be first we must be humble enough to be last.  I remember a story of a man whose cripple adult son wanted to be in a triathlon so his father trained and with some modifications he carried, pushed and pulled his son through the race.  Winning was never the issue it didn’t matter if they finished last as long as they finished.  To everyone’s surprise they did not finish last but got first place though it seemed impossible.  By serving this father fulfilled his sons dream.  To be the greatest we must be willing to serve others and to be slaves to making their life better.  When they get to where God wants them because of your kindness then you finish in a better place (Matthew 20:26-28).  Christ is our example He did not come to be served He came to serve by giving His life so we can all win the prize.  Our mission is to serve and help others finish first and win that prize with us.

We must be careful and listen to that spirit inside of us if we hear new or strange doctrine that is contrary to the word of God in the bible.  People will deceive some by making lip service like they’re serving God but only for their own gain they will trick the naïve (Romans 16:17-18).  If we’re slaves or obligated to do something such as a job we should give full respect by doing it as if we were doing it for the Lord.  If we are serving a fellow believer we should even serve them better because they also believe and will benefit with us (1 Timothy 6:1-2).  We need to always be ready to serve both believers and non-believers alike.  We are called to serve by being servants and serving everyone in whatever way the Lord may lead us to.  Last week we learned that by serving and doing the Lords will that we will receive his blessings.  To serve we must always be humble and ready to help our fellow man by using our gifts to reach out to them.  When we serve we must remember we are serving as we would serve God himself.  Showing his love to others is the true heart of the servant and we must always serve full-heartedly and for Gods glory.  As did those in these places we must turn from what we know is wrong and choose to serve the one and only living God.  By choosing to follow Him we are choosing to be rescued on the day of wrath and the Lords final judgment (1 Thessalonians 1:8-10). Christ gave His life because we are not destine for wrath so be a shepherd, grow your flock and serve your sheep so none will perish.

 
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Posted by on 12/24/2015 in Throwback

 

Throwback Thursday 27

Throwback Thursday

Week 27

By: Tim Sader

Proverbs 3:13 

Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding,

Many throwback torches in the past have in some way had something to do with receiving a blessing.  When we decide to follow the Lord and walk in his ways we are standing in line for many blessings.  In today’s scripture we see that the Lord blesses the man of wisdom and understanding.  Their blessings are more then likely due to the wisdom they have gained by trusting in the Lord and doing the right thing.  Wisdom will ultimately bring blessings to all who decide to take part in her instructions (Proverbs 3:18).  She is a tree of life because the right wisdom will make you a survivor and you will have the knowledge to make it through the hard times.  By learning to hold the Lord in the highest regard possible we are gaining in wisdom and are blessed because of it.  When we are in the presence of the Lord and His light is shining on us we are putting ourselves in a position to receive great blessings from Him (Psalm 89:15).  Laban kissed his grandchildren and his daughters and then blessed them (Genesis 31:55).  They were simply blessed by seeing their grandfather and getting the opportunity to see his love for them.  After David returned from setting up a group of musicians to play a psalm of thanks before the ark of the Lord he returned home to bless his family (1 Chronicles 16:43).  He blessed them by checking in so they knew he was ok and by sharing stories with them about his travels.  Joshua blessed Caleb by giving him Hebron as his inheritance (Joshua 14:13).  Giving someone something is a common way people can bless someone else.  Just like Caleb the Lord wants us to be blessed and inherit the land (Psalm 37:22).  But by not doing the right thing our blessings could be cut off.

There are many reasons why the Lord blesses us when we walk in various spiritual truths.  When we enter into his presence and dwell in the house of the Lord by praising Him we will be blessed (Psalm 84:4).  Praising God leads to blessings.  Read the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-11) they are a list reasons we can be blessed and the blessing we receive for doing so.  Each blessing has a specific reward.  The poor in spirit gain the kingdom of heaven, those who mourn receive comfort, those hungry for righteousness are filled, the merciful receive mercy, the pure in heart see God, the peace makers will be called sons of God and those persecuted gain the kingdom of heaven.  If we strive to do or be these things God will bless us with the promise that follows.  We could do a study on each verse and many torches have been written about various spiritual truths found in these scriptures.  Not everyone wants to see, hear or know anything about the gospel and at a time in the world where religious freedom is under attack we must be ready to hear the insults and accusations.  But in the face of it remember that we are blessed (Matthew 5:11).  Not only are we blessed when persecuted for righteousness but we are told to take it a step further.  We are not to turn around and start talking bad of our accuser and curse them.  No, we are to turn around and speak blessings over them so they maybe delivered from their wicked ways (Romans 12:14).  When someone curses us we are to do the opposite and bless them (Luke 6:28).  We are also told to pray for those who mistreat us in anyway because prayer is telling God; they did us wrong but we trust that it will be justly dealt with.  When we stand against opposition in the proper way and do not retaliate evil for evil we have persevered under trial and have passed the test (James 1:12).  By walking in the love of Christ we are blessed with the crown of life; eternal life is the best gift of all.

Even walking in the love of Christ may bring its share of grief but you are blessed with the Spirit of Gods glory when insulted for Him (1 Peter 4:14).  When this happens we need to stand in that glory with boldness knowing our God will bless us when we proclaim His truth.  If we do this in faith the Lord will bless us like he blessed Abraham who not only had great faith but was blessed beyond measure (Galatians 3:9).  He was promised nations and that his descendants would be numbered like the sand on the shore and through his son who was conceived after his wife was too old to have children.  Jesus tells us to have faith in Him who we have not seen like the disciples who walked with Tim.  They believed because they seen Him and know the truth but it says we are blessed because of our faith in what is not seen (John 20:29).  By setting an example of working hard to help the weak Paul remembers the words of Christ.  These words are that we are more blessed by giving then when we receive (Acts 20:35).  By blessing others we receive the greater blessing in seeing their blessing produce fruit in their lives.  When we are generous to those in need then we will be blessed in return (Proverbs 22:9).  Even just the feeling of doing a good thing can be a blessing knowing we changed some ones life for the better  Those in need of a blessing are the hurting or in a desperate situation (Luke 14:13-14).  We can find the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind and those who are hurting or lost today.  If we will be the one to bless them we will gain our reward on the day of resurrection if not sooner.

Those who have less then us are the ones we can help.  Whatever we have God gave it to us so we should be wiling to help others since He helped us.  People with less are truly blessed by those in a better position than them (Hebrews 7:7). It makes sense to bless those with less and in doing so we are honoring the command to love and will see a harvest because of being a blessing.  When God raised Christ He blessed us all by giving us the choice to serve Him and return from our wicked ways (Acts 3:26).  Christ was a servant to us by laying down His life.  By washing the feet of His disciples He became their servant and blessed them as a servant would take care of their master (John 13:16-17).  He wanted them to understand that they are to be servants of God above all else and by serving others they will bless them with love and the truth of Christ.  When we learn to do all these things we will have an abundance of blessings in our lives too great for us to comprehend.  Be a servant and be blessed today!

 
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Posted by on 12/17/2015 in Throwback

 

Throwback Thursday week 26

Throwback Thursday

Week 26

By: Tim Sader

Proverbs 3:35

The wise inherit honor, but fools he holds up to shame.

In the last Throwback Torch we found out about luck and that it has something to do with wisdom because in Ecclesiastes 10:17 the older, more wise ruler is the lucky one. Today’s scripture was also used in last week’s message. It tells us that by choosing to be wise and not stupid we receive honor instead of shame for our reward. If we simply listen to the Lord and not ignore His voice we are choosing to be wise (Proverbs 8:33). We may or may not know how the Lord will make us wise but by listening to the advice and instruction of others with more experience we gain their knowledge and become wiser (Proverbs 19:20). Written from a father, he addresses and calls us son and since the father teaches the son what is right and wrong the son gains wisdom from the father (Proverbs 23:19). To gain wisdom we must listen to the instruction and advice of the Lord and whoever He sends our way to train us and make us wise. There is no way to place value for wisdom it is priceless because it is supreme. It may cost everything you got to gain understanding but the price will be worth what you gain in wisdom (Proverbs 4:7). Rubies are a beautiful red gemstone and are extremely valuable even today. According to this scripture the price of wisdom is of far greater value then these precious gems (Job 28:18). The fear or reverence of the Lord is wisdom. So the value of knowing the Lord is God and realizing He is in charge has no price tag but is far more valuable than things we consider to be of great value. To have understanding we must turn from evil at all costs and will then be ready to gain wisdom (Job 28:28).

We should not rely on what we think is wise but instead we are to resist evil and have the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 3:7). As we learned in Job, the fear of the Lord is real wisdom. People who walk around thinking they know it all usually find someone who disagrees with them and because of pride there is no way to prove them wrong so this often causes a fight. The wise thing to do is take the advice and weigh its relevance so we avoid a fight and gain wisdom (Proverbs 13:10). Paul here is rejoiced over the obedience he heard about in Rome. He does warn them to seek wisdom in what is good but avoid evil and remain innocent from its grasp. There is no wisdom in doing evil but true wisdom comes from the Lord and is gained by doing what is right in his sight (Romans 16:19). Wisdom can be gained in many ways even just by admiring the Lords creation we can gain understanding of His wisdom. A sluggard is a lazy person who just sits around doing nothing except existing. The sluggard should consider the way of ants and be wise (Proverbs 6:6). An ant is one of the tiniest little creatures in creation, at first glance they seem to be just scurrying along with no purpose but the truth is they are very busy supplying food, building the colony or protecting the queen. Just as each ant has a purpose God has a purpose for us so we need to get busy like the ant. When we gain wisdom it can make us more powerful than ten rulers in the city we live in (Ecclesiastes 7:19). We’ve all heard the saying; knowledge is power well that saying is true because to be wise you must have knowledge. Here we see the true power of wisdom, by being wise you have more power than ten very influential people. Wisdom is a very special gift from God he even made the ant wise.

When we gain wisdom our soul rejoices because deep down inside we know nothing can rise up and challenge that wisdom we have gained. Wisdom gives you a hope for the future because you know you’ve made the right choices (Proverbs 24:14). Even the choices that affect our long term plans will be the right choices, we know it will happen and we can have that hope to hold on to. Wisdom is a benefit for man and is even like an inheritance because it was given to us as a gift from God. Wisdom gives us shelter because it has power and can be as valuable as money. Money means nothing without the knowledge of how to spend it but the wise man will survive regardless to what’s in their bank account (Ecclesiastes 7:11-12). In hard times wisdom will preserve our lives. True wisdom comes from God who has all wisdom but grants man the ability to learn a little. The foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom and His weakness is stronger than man’s strength (1 Corinthians 1:25). This is a profound statement but makes perfect sense; man’s knowledge cannot come close to Gods foolishness yet alone His wisdom. God gives wisdom to man because without Him we know nothing but He knows it all. The wisdom being spoken of is not the wisdom of the current condition of man but is a secret kind of wisdom for those who will listen. God’s wisdom is not relative to the constraints of time but was hidden for what glory God had destined it for (1 Corinthians 2:6-7). His wisdom is older then time!

Matthew 11:19 says, “The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and “sinners.” ‘ But wisdom is proved right by her actions.” In the Word wisdom is referred to as a female in many verses. When Christ came to earth many people made judgments of Him because he was not the messiah they were expecting. How could the Son of God hang around sinners and still be righteous it was insane to believe in him. What they didn’t do was see him in action nothing else mattered because he was doing the Lords work and sharing his wisdom just as the prophets foretold. Ephesians 1:7-10 tells us, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.” God gave us the wisdom and understanding to believe we are saved by grace and washed in the blood of Jesus. We are part of Christ’s purpose he came to save us and gave us the power to understand all mysteries in heaven and earth. It was all destined for our glory before time began. God sees no fault in us because of Christ so if we lack wisdom all we have to do is ask for it and the Lord who knows everything will give it to us (James 1:5). Even the world knows a kind of wisdom in doing good for others but often times the motives in doing good are for self-gain or for any number of evil things. This is not Godly wisdom and will only lead to a disaster and more evil. True wisdom from heaven is full of every good thing and has no evil intent behind its actions. Here it lists the criteria of Godly wisdom in the following verses so wisdom is proved by its actions. Your actions and wisdom is either from God and will produce a harvest of righteousness or it is evil and will lead to destruction (James 3:13-18). Choose the wisdom of God and enjoy the inheritance He has promised you in Christ.

 
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Posted by on 01/08/2015 in Throwback

 

Throwback Thursday week 25

Throwback Thursday

Week 25

By: Tim Sader

Isaiah 30:18

But God’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be ghey babyracious to you. He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you. God takes the time to do everything right—everything. Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones.

Last week we discussed a word the Lord gave me concerning angels and learned about these heavenly hosts. The word the Lord gave me was, “sometimes people can be angels.” We went to the word and learned there really are angels who minister to those who will inherit salvation. They are divine heavenly hosts sent to guard us, protect us, do Gods bidding, fulfill the word of God and His will in our lives. Sometimes they appear in glory and splendor but more often they appear as men and may come to us as strangers to test our faith, deliver a message or possibly help us in some way. Whether a stranger is an angel or not we should show others the love Christ both taught and lived by. We found out people cannot be angels but we can perform duties usually done by angels when the Lord gives us a special word for someone to help. Sometimes the stranger or friend who just happens to be there in that time of need may seem to be our guardian angel because of how they helped us. When I was in the hospital my girlfriend at the time was like an angel to me, she kept the word of God in my heart and mind while I was down. We are the light of the world and may appear angelic when doing the Lords work so if we love others in the right way people will see the Lord in us and His work will be done through us.

Today I want to talk about luck, what it is, who has it and why we are lucky to serve the God we put our hope and trust in. Once in just a couple months my friend, Erin found twenty four-leaf clovers in my small front yard. I don’t place a whole lot of trust in clovers but four-leaf clovers are a symbol of luck and have become a special token representing luck. Now what is amazing is she never really searches for them, they just catch her eye and sure enough it’s a four-leaf clover. After finding more clovers in two months then in her entire life God was saying something about luck to her. One weekend she found seven four-leaf clovers and seven is not only a lucky number but is also the number of God. This sparked my curiosity and made me want to know what God says about luck in the word if it even says anything about it at all. The word luck cannot be found in many translations of the bible but the word fortune not only refers to wealth but can also mean luck. In Genesis 30:11 Leah is saying, “what good luck” because her servants first baby from Jacob was a boy so the name Gad must have something to do with good luck. Job did not put his trust in the wealth he gained from working with his own two hands or hold the sun and moon in regard as gods. He was not unfaithful because he didn’t do those things so his fortune was not based on what he had it was based on what the Lord blessed him with (Job 31:24-28). He had good fortune because the Lord gave it to him.

After Israel turned away and then later returning to the Lord He promises to restore their fortune by having compassion and bringing them back together (Deuteronomy 30:3). This fortune is more like luck because their fortune is compassion and being reunited. When He restores their fortune He appoints a harvest not just any harvest but one appointed from the Lord (Hosea 6:11). A good harvest is good fortune for the people making them feel lucky because of Gods goodness. The Negev is a barren dessert south of Israel and in this place are dried streambeds. These streams are dry except when it rains then these streams fill up rapidly and become more like a fast flowing river. This is how God wants to restore us by raining down his goodness to restore our good fortune (Psalm 126:4). The Lord will restore and have compassion on the dwellings of the house of Jacob by allowing the city to be rebuilt on its ruins and its palace to stand where it once did (Jeremiah 30:18). This good fortune to have their city returned to it’s splendor is a gift from God for returning to him. Before being restored the towns in Judah and the streets were a desolate wasteland uninhabited by man or beast. When it is restored though there will be much rejoicing because of being so fortunate to have the land back like it was before it was lost (Jeremiah 33:10-11).

Ashkelon was an enemy of Judah dwelling in the Land but he is restoring them and delivering them from their enemy. He will make it so by evening they will be using the pastures of the enemy for their flocks and taking up residence in the houses of Ashkelon (Zephaniah 2:7). What good fortune to be delivered from your enemy and take over their land. After restoring his people he wants to gather them together so they can praise him for returning to them all that was lost and so all the people of the earth can show them honor (Zephaniah 3:20). Only God could make a nation as fortunate as He did for His chosen people. Israel was and is a truly blessed nation; the hand of God watches over this nation and protects it. No enemy stands a chance against those who the Lord defends (Deuteronomy 33:29). If we believe in Christ we have this kind of blessing and protection because we to are a people saved by God. So we are Lucky too! Sometimes a nation is only as lucky as its leaders. Young leaders lack experience and still have plenty mistakes to make where older leaders are wiser and have already made the silly mistakes (Ecclesiastes 10:16-17). Sounds like wisdom may have a little something to do with luck since the wise leader is the Lucky one.

The wicked has chosen to live under the curse but the righteous God blesses. Those who arrogantly question Him get ignored but when the luck of the righteous is down he will help them and build them back up (Proverbs 3:33-35). By choosing to be wise and not stupid we receive the better reward and can consider ourselves lucky to belong to the Lord. When we hit rock bottom and see no easy solution we can know God is there to pick us up and dust us off (Psalm 145:14). When we are down on our luck we must remember Jesus gave us all a fresh start all we must do is ask him to be Lord of our life.

Today’s scripture tells us that God is not finished. He always wants to give us more grace, more mercy and more blessings. He wants to see that everything He does for us is done right because He don’t miss a single detail, not even a hair on our head is where he didn’t want it. The only true way to have luck is by placing our trust in the Lord and waiting on Him to fulfill every promise He has given us. Four-leaf clovers are fun and do say something about luck considering they are only 1 in every 10,000 and are not easy to find. They are a symbol of luck but ultimately the Lord makes us lucky and He gave us a simple reminder in His creation. Christ gave us each a fresh start he wiped our slates clean and for that we are all lucky. When we hold nothing back from the Lord and give him our life he will clean it up and hold nothing against us (Psalm 32:1-2). If we draw near to the Lord and He’ll draw near to us. We should feel lucky to have the Lord.

 
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Posted by on 11/20/2014 in Throwback

 

Throwback Thursday week 24

Throwback Thursday

Week 24

By: Tim Sader

Hebrews 13:2

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.

Each study has been divine and the Lord has guided my hands while writing but sometimes he gives me a special word for those reading each week. One Friday my brother and I were having a good conversation about the Lord and other important issues in our lives. A new friend of his who’s uncertain about her beliefs has truly been touched spiritually and we feel a new, more real connection between her and the Lord is on the way. During a conversation they had she said she feels my brother is like her guardian angel because of how she feels safe and confident in their friendship. After a long conversation in our front yard I decided to go in the house to check something out on the computer. As I approached the top of the ramp I felt an almost over whelming presence of the Lord, might have laid me out on the porch if I wasn’t sitting. As I felt this power I heard the Lord say, “Sometimes people can be angels.” My brother was on the porch to and felt the power as well so I told him what the Lord told me. It was a very intense moment and we knew the Lord had shown us something special. Now I realize there are truly angels in heavenly places helping Christians fulfill their purpose and doing the good work of the Lord in all his creation. They follow the voice of God and the word of God when we speak it. Angels are ministering spirits and are all sent to serve believers by doing the work of the Lord to bring about His will (Hebrews 1:14). The same legions of angels at Jesus disposal are at the disposal of every Christian because He lives inside of us and everything that belongs to Him belongs to us in Christ. To have access to these heavenly hosts all we have to do is be saved or simply acknowledge our savior before men. If we do the opposite and disown Him then we are giving up on an invisible army ready and willing to help if we only believe in Christ (Luke 12:8-9).

Angels can serve us in many ways and are referred to throughout the entire bible. One way angels serve us is by protecting us from harm and keeping us safe in dangerous situations (Psalm 91:11-12). I’ve heard numerous stories of Christians avoiding terrible accidents because something made them stop, break down or wait at the stop light. This is the work of angels they will protect us. Little ones maybe children or sometimes new believers are little ones. No matter which you believe guardian angels are sent specifically to guard a single person. A lot of people believe we all have an angel watching over us (Matthew 18:10). Angels also praise the Lord, do his bidding, obey his word and do his will (Psalm 103:20-21). Angels do what the Lord wants them to do, they respond to His word and do His bidding concerning us. They are servants of the Lord do His will in all things and all this is done to give God all the praise and glory. In today’s scripture it says, “some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” This means they come in a human form so we will not recognize the fact they are an angel. This maybe a way for the Lord to test our Christianity, see if we care for others or can accept a message from the Lord. When the man of God came to the woman she said he looked like an angel, he gave her no info just delivered the good news and left (Judges 13:6). He ministered to her and was gone she very possibly entertained an angel and received the message of her son Samson. Angels come in angelic form as well. When angels appear in all their glory it is awe inspiring and terrifying (Luke 2:8-9). We know they are from the Lord and that something is important enough for God to send us a message through divine means.

Abraham was close to God and recognized these three men as angels he showed them great hospitality and shared the best he had with them (Genesis 18:2). He entertained these strangers knowing they were angels; so us not knowing a stranger is an angel or not we should always treat people with the love of Christ. These messengers delivered Abraham a message of destiny that the promises given by God would be fulfilled in his son Isaac (Genesis 18:10). After delivering the message these men were headed to there next destination (Genesis 18:16). Abraham helped these men in every possible way he even walked with them knowing the Lords plan for the destruction of the cities. These angels appeared as men, not hiding from Abraham but to those who don’t know these are angels they were only men. Two of the three angels made it to Sodom and found Lot who is Abraham’s relative. He was a Godly man and also recognized these men as angels and showed respect by bowing down to them (Genesis 19:1). They came to warn Lot and his family to Leave the city because God was bout to destroy it due to there wickedness. The people of Sodom learned these men where visiting Lot and formed a mob outside his house. Obviously they could not recognize these men as angels because their evil intent and lustful desires had them completely corrupted (Genesis 19:5). This maybe was a final test for Sodom maybe if they recognized the men of God and showed them respect like Lot maybe they would not have been destroyed. They did not turn to the Lord but tried to corrupt these most holy messengers and received harsh judgment because of it.

The man Jacob wrestled seems to be no ordinary man and he wasn’t. This man was divine he came to Jacob to get his attention and Jacob gave him a good fight until daybreak. Finally the man uses his power to mess up Jacob’s hip but he still wrestled the man (Genesis 32:24-25). I read this in another transition and it says Jacob wrestled with God, either angel or God he came in human form and met a match in Jacob. Men are not and will never be angels! If Christ was made lower then angels to come to earth and be born as a man we to must be a little lower then angels meaning we are not quite angels (Hebrews 2:7). What God is telling me is men can serve other people and even perform duties usually done by angels. They are ministering spirits to those who are saved. When the Lord gives us a special word for someone to help them reach their destiny or find the will of God we are doing something angels do. Many times we hear people referring to a kind stranger in their time of need as their guardian angel and it is possible that God is using that person for that purpose. Christians are to be the light of the world and when we love a stranger to that person we maybe an angel or a messenger from heaven. Angels are sent to those who will inherit salvation but we are called to help unbelievers receive salvation. Many times we must let our spirits minister and experience Gods will in their lives. If we are ever compared to an angel we should be grateful they can see the spirit of God inside of us. We are being a shining example of the love Christ shared with us. As believers we are destine to become like the angels, living with God forever and praising Him because He is a great and we love what He has done. Go out and share the gospel be angels, always loving God and others the way Christ loved us by dieing so we could be saved!

 
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Posted by on 10/09/2014 in Throwback