Psalm 139:23,24

Search me, O God and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way. (NASV)

John 3:5-8 Jesus answered “Truly, truly, I say to you unless one is born of water and the spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said unto you ‘You must be born again’. The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (NASV)

As I studied these verse the last few days I realized that God’s spirit is like the wind. In our day in and day out activities we see God sending messages of His love and hope to all of us. How we receive and process these messages depends on our desire to leave the darkness and come to the light. The longer someone put off this journey the darker the darkness becomes in our life. The reason to stay in the darkness to hide the wicked deeds that are there. The Spirit is like the wind. We do not know where it is coming from or in which direction it is going, but we know it is there.

It is the leading of the Spirit that will take us into the kingdom of God. As David wrote in these verses ” Search me and know my heart” is an invitation for the Spirit to enter our live. As the wind is always moving around us, so is the Spirit of God moving all around each and every one of us. The nature of the first birth leaves us already judged for the sinful nature that exist in everyone, and that judgement is death and being outside the kingdom of God. It is only believing in the gift of God’s only begotten Son that the forgiveness of this sinful nature takes place in a person’s life. Once the heart is opened and the Spirit of God enters, real transformation of a life will takes place. Just as a child born of the flesh grows physically, so must the child born of the Spirit grow into a spiritual witness for Christ.

Psalm 139:4

“Even before there is a word on my tonque, behold O Lord Thou dost know it all.”

As I study and meditate on God’s Word the more I see the true nature of God. As I studied John chapter three this week I saw the true meaning of Psalm 139:4. These verses gives us the story of Nicodemus coming to Jesus one night. In this story Nicodemus addresses Jesus in this manner “Rabbi we know that you have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with Him.” As I look at just the first part of this sentence I see so much information packed in it. He addressed Jesus as a teacher who not only knew the scripture but was also sent from God. But Nicodemus also used the word “we” which meant not only did Nicodemus believed this of Jesus at this time, but also several other Pharisees. also believed. The second part of the address revealed the reason for believing that Jesus was send from God. That reason was the signs that were performed by Him.

When Jesus answers Nicodemus, I believe that Nicodemus realized that he revealed Psalm 139:4 to him. Jesus knew what was on Nicodemus’s mind before he even asked the question to Jesus. This is an example of the sign that Nicodemus was probably referring to as he address Jesus. Jesus went straight to the answer before the question was even asked. The question was “How can one see the kingdom of God.” The answer to the question was one must be born again. This opened up the discussion he then had with Nicodemus about salvation. When Nicodemus ask Jesus “How can these things be?”, Jesus replied “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things?”. Nicodemus as a teacher and ruler of the nation of Israel he should have knowledge of these answers.

Then Jesus, as the Son of Man, explains the serpent of Moses in the wilderness to him. He stated “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; that whosoever believes may in Him have eternal life.” Nicodemus knew this story well. However, Jesus took this story and applied it to being born again. This story of the serpent found in Numbers 21:4-9 reveals how anyone who was bitten by the serpent would live by just looking at the serpent. This serpent was an example of how man who was under the curse of sin brought about by Satan the serpent could free himself from this curse by looking to the Son of Man on the cross.

So here early in the ministry of Jesus be reveals himself as the Christ who will become the Son of Man to take the place of the serpent on the cross for the sins of mankind. The Jews at this time were looking for the kingdom of God coming to them in their own fallen condition, not realizing that to enter the kingdom of God one must first be made clean and free from sin. He adds to his discourse with these words which we should all know “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” Just as Nicodemus unspoken question to Jesus was answered before it was asked, so to can your unspoken question that lies buried deep inside your mind be answered by these same words, “You must be born again”. This salvation is available by looking on the Savior and believing.

Matthew 18:10

As I was growing up as a young boy my grandmother had this picture in the front room of her house. As I look back to those days I remember two things about this room. First there was this picture and then there was the heater and all the jackets that were piled upon the chairs and the sofa. However, it was this picture and the meaning behind it that guided my belief that I had a guardian angel watching over me.

However, one day the truth was made known to me and that truth was my guardian angel was not watching over me. My faith in the power of the Lord grew greatly that day. I was made of the truth of Matthew 18:10. Christ was answering the disciples’ question on “who then is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”. Matthew 18:10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually behold the face of My Father who is in heaven.” So my angel is watching the Father and not me? Yes God is watching over me. And when I need help he sends in my angel. God was so great that He watches over His entire creation.

So during this Thanksgiving take a few moments to thank and praise the Lord who watches over you. Yes we have angels taking care of us, but it is God who directs them in our lives. And as he ends this lesson to his disciples on who is the greatest in heaven he reminds them that where two are three have gathered together in My name, there I am in their midst. So as you enjoy this time of Thanksgiving do it in His name and enjoy His presence this holiday.

Psalm 78:4

We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord.

This morning I waited and watched as the sun started to break the horizon and entered another day that the Lord has given me to enjoy. I can state these words with truth since I know the Lord and have seen and witness many of the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord in my lifetime. This is one task that I will gladly take. As I look back on the history of this country and even the events of the last sixty plus years I have witness some many of the praiseworthy events of the Lord. However, the greatest of these are not the events, but the daily deeds in my life.

Does the next generation see the Lord in my life. Do I give the Lord the credit for the daily praiseworthy deeds in my life. I am afraid we sometimes fall in the same trap that Eve fell in when she was confronted by Satan. Instead of proclaiming the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord she trying to defend her views over Satan’s false statements about the Lord commandment. We face this same event in your lives in today’s world. Instead of telling the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord the world wants to know why we will worship a God that does not even exist to them. Our faith in God to the world is so outdated to their scientific reasoning and their latest studies.

So as I watched the sun come up this morning I realize that I have the peace of God in my heart knowing that He is watching over me. And if I look closely at the events that happens daily in my life, I will see the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord. So my prayer today is for the next generation to see the Lord in my life. I do not have to defend the Lord to those that question Him, but just let them know of His wonderful gift of grace that He has given us through Jesus. He that has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life (John 5:12)

Luke 2:8-12

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.   And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.   And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.   And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. (KJV)

In the past sixty plus years I have seen many news headlines.  I can remember the big new stories of the past and the stories that were in the news after those events had taken placed.  My first presidential election that I remembered was the Kennedy and Nixon election.  As I young boy I never realized how close it was and how much news was made about it at that time.  I just remembered my favorite activities at that time centered on playing outdoors with the kids in my neighborhood.  Since then there has been many more elections in our nation and as I have age I have realized much the results can be the leading stories of the day. 

However, soon after these November elections we start the process of entering the holiday season.  Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even College football bowl games.  For most people this time of the year is for stopping and reflecting on how wonderful the gift of family means to us.  I believe it time to turn off the news of this world and listen to the angels’ message to the shepherds who were out in the field working and doing their job of watching over their sheep,  This message of Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace and good will to man is the message we need today.

These words by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow were written at the time of the Civil War which was probably a lot more troubling then the time in which we are living in today.  This song was written at a time of great when we had a truly divided nation, and yet the more you research this song and the reason it was written the greater these words will become to your daily life.

I heard the bells on Christmas day
their old familiar carols play
and mild and sweet their songs repeat
of peace on earth good will to men

And in despair I bowed my head
there is no peace on earth I said
for hate is strong and mocks the song
of peace on earth, good will to men

Then rang the bells more loud and deep
God is not dead, nor does he sleep
the wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men