A Christmas Song

Been watching television this morning, and I was gladly reminded again of my own journey as I watched Rev. Billy Graham’s funeral. I remember the part he played in my life, when I saw him on television when I was in my late 30’s. At that time, I had had quite a few emergencies and troubles, where I needed a Saviour. I grew up in a religion where I heard about Jesus a lot. But I did not pay attention too much or had interest in Him in my life. But nearing the 1970’s I was troubled and disturbed in my life. One day, I happened to watch the after dinner news on TV, and after that, Billy Graham came on. And he came right out and said that Jesus Christ was God, and He and the Father were one, and if you would just believe, you would have eternal life! I had never heard that before. Maybe I had heard it, but never, never the way I heard it there that night. I must say that changed my life forever. I learned too that joining with other people that have the same views is important and reinforces your faith. I remember that day after hearing all this good news from Billy, I didn’t know where I could meet with other people with the same understanding. So I went to a couple of churches and on a nice July Sunday morning I ended up in another one, and they all were clapping and singing “Oh Come Let Us Adore Him”, the whole congregation at the top of their voices! I thought these people must have seen something, because this was a Christmas song sung in the middle of July! But was I ever right! They were actually enjoying and rejoicing in Jesus!

I am now nearing 90, and that truth has not changed one bit. I have enjoyed my life following and hearing this good news and I am more convinced now than ever. Something great was said there today at Billy Graham’s funeral – and it goes like this – apparently he himself said, “all I am doing is changing my address”! That is my view on it all as well. It will be face to face with Jesus for me, and a change of address.

So today, if you feel Jesus knocking at the door of your heart, I say let Him in, because I found that without Jesus, you don’t have anything. Without Jesus, you don’t have anything. But WITH Jesus, you have EVERYthing! Yes, With Jesus, you have everything! The Bible is very important; it has all the promises that He offers and that is where you know and understand Him. Because Jesus says in John 14:9 – “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” So, as He comes into your heart, enjoy Him today, because He loves you very, very, very much!!

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The Saviour Came In

When I was a teenager at home, I used to help my dad in his work, with lumber and logging. A big family always had need of finances. So I would work for him for nothing, and I lived at home. Dad was the kind of a man who had never gone to school, couldn’t read or write, and was the type of a guy who went to bed early and got up early, and in a good mood in the morning. But he was very sensitive and could read my mind. I had managed to buy an old car, an old Dodge, and I would leave after supper with it, pick up some of my friends, and we would be gallivanting all night, and we would talk, laugh, do all kinds of things, chase girls. Next thing you know I would come home early in the morning, bleary-eyed, and Dad was up already making and eating breakfast for himself and me, and ready for work. Although I was sleepy, and hadn’t slept a wink all night, and had red eyes, and was tired, there was no excuse for him; we went to work. I remember one time, and on different occasions, we would go in the car and Dad would say to me, “I really like you, you are a hard worker and you help out with the family, But – I cannot understand why you can’t do it right!” Of course, at that age, it was in one ear and out the other. But many years later, that question would ring in my ears. I couldn’t figure it out why I was so powerless to do anything right, in my heart, that is. Then later on in life, when Jesus knocked at the door of my heart and I let Him in, my whole view and ways and ideas of doing it “right” or “wrong” came into view. And that is because when we do this, the Holy Spirit, who is a Person, and He is all powerful, can begin to operate in your life. There are many sayings for that, like Let your light shine, He lit your candle, whatever it is, but the Light switch was turned on! And the desire in my heart was to do things right. A new life came into me and it just changed the desire of my heart, the way to do things and to approach life. What a day that was for me! When I saw the love that He had for me, then it gave me the ability and the power to love life and others as I couldn’t do on my own.
Now 65 years later, that question my dad asked is still answered when I read this scripture: In Titus 3, 3-7: “3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”
Today as He knocks at the door of your heart, my prayer is that the blessing and eternal life of Jesus would come to you through the power of the Holy Spirit, as you receive Him today. God bless you, He loves you, we love you,
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Miracles…. will happen.

What is in Your Hand?

When Jesus knocks at the door of your heart, and you give your life to Him and let Him in, because He resides in you, you are now in God’s will! That simple. God wants to protect us from perishing eternally. That is why He gave us His son, so we should not perish if we believe on Him. It is that simple. That is God’s will for our life. Just believing on him.
John 3:16
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

 

Then the purpose is another thing. After we accepted Jesus Christ, then we want to know what our purpose in life is. We find our purpose this way – we are probably in God’s purpose now but we don’t realize it. There is an example for us today, from Moses’ story in the Bible…

 

God had chosen Moses to deliver God’s people from Pharaoh. They were slaves of Pharaoh. Moses was standing depressed before God, because he did not know how to deliver the people from Pharaoh and God spoke to Moses. He said to him, “What is in your hand?” and Moses said “I have a walking stick.” God said to throw it on the ground, and it became a snake! Then God said to pick it up by the tail. And when Moses did that, it became a stick again!

 

I was listening to a story by an archaeologist who was chasing all around the world, looking for Moses’ grave to find the magic stick! Anyway, he ended up in a museum in England and there is a stick there! It is 5 feet 3 inches long and black varnished! He was not allowed to touch it. But we know that the power was not in that stick!

 

Anyway, coming back to Moses, God told him to head towards the Red Sea. And Pharaoh let the Israelites go. Moses was walking towards the Red Sea with the stick, with a million of God’s people down his neck behind him! When they got to the water, he could see the Egyptians in the distance – they were already coming for them! Moses, still depressed (he was a depressed sort of a fellow, and was also 80 years old), was facing the Red Sea and the enemy coming after them. So he said to God, what do I do now!? God said, “What is in your hand?” And Moses said, the stick. So God told him to take the stick and hit the water. And we know the rest of the story! The Red Sea parted, and Moses and all the Israelites went across it and into the desert!!!! Many other miracles happened there, now that Moses knew where to look for God’s power!

 

So the question for us today is, “What is in your hand?” I read a little book many years ago; it was called “Brother Lawrence.” He had joined the monastery to find God. And through many religious exercises and everything, he could not find his purpose in life. And one day while peeling potatoes in the kitchen, which was his job, God touched him, woke him up, and he said that he realized that his purpose in life was what was in his hands – peeling potatoes!! All the other priests and others in the monastery wondered why he was so happy! He had had a revelation from God that what he was doing with his hands was his purpose in life. Now maybe that doesn’t sound too exciting for many of us – what is in our hands? Now today, you may say, well, my life isn’t that important “just” changing baby diapers for example or you could be a big time CEO of a big company, unfulfilled in life – or whatever other form of labors we may be doing – we know though that every president or king’s mother once changing their kids’ diaper did not know at that time what God was up to and what plans He had for that son or daughter – because God always has a plan for your life, with whatever you have in your hand.

 

We learn from the lesson today in Moses’ story and Brother Lawrence, that the key with God is usually “what is in your hand.” There is nothing wrong with doing other great things, but I remember when I first became a Christian, under the suggestions of many good hearted preachers and leaders, to go out into the world and do great things, I wanted to pack my suitcase and head out! But, I soon realized my purpose in life was most of the time what was in my hand, meaning what am I doing at the moment? At that moment I was working as a carpenter with carpenter tools and raising a family.

 

Lacking understanding where God’s power and purpose is, we are wise to do what Moses did! Our encouragement comes from God – because all power and strength and the ability to move forward comes from Him.

 

So today, if any one of us are thinking this life is pretty boring, “peeling potatoes” or whatever, we know we are not there by accident! Moses was 80 and he delivered his people! It was all a God effort! We learn today that it was all a supernatural doing of God! Because the stick itself had no power in it! Even though that archaeologist I mentioned believed that! So, if we find ourselves today in a situation which is less than exciting, think again about Moses’ situation! God may just be in it!

God loves you very, very much.

 

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