In His upper room discourse with His disciples, right before going to Gethsemane, Jesus was preparing them for the coming persecution and hatred of the world they would face. Because they hated Him, they would hate them. Because they persecuted Him, they would persecute them, and they would do all these things “for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me” (John 15:18-21). Then He spoke these ponderable words: “If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin” (v.22). These words are worthy of much contemplation: “If I had not come…” Continue reading If Jesus Had Not Come
We have all heard the saying: “Three strikes and you’re out!” But Samson actually had four strikes before he was out — out from under the anointing of God. His downward spiral began when he broke the commandment of God in marrying a Philistine woman (Judges 14). Such unions never work out, because instead of the believer winning over the unbeliever, the believer, having compromised, loses out. The moment he disobeys the commandment of God, he opens the door for Satan to pull him away from God.
Later he met another Philistine woman, Delilah, whom he didn’t even bother to marry, although “he loved her” (Judges 16:4). If he felt safe with her, he had deceived himself. Soon the Philistine lords came to her promising 1100 pieces of silver to betray Samson. They said: “Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lies, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him” (vs.5). And so Delilah went to work on Samson. Continue reading Samson & the Double “Y”
“Familiar spirits” – sounds kind of friendly. In America today, psychic spiritualism is gaining popularity. In television and movies there is a plethora of angels, ghosts, witches, wizards, fortune tellers, psychics, and mediums, all of which are presented in a friendly, familiar way. Currently, one of the most popular cable TV reality shows stars an ordinary house wife as a medium who supposedly contacts the spirits of departed loved ones. What she does seems to be so comforting, so soothing for those who are steeped in grief and questions. She is not scary or weird or off-the-wall, and this makes her appealing to many, perhaps even to those who normally wouldn’t trust such things. Because she can describe in great detail very personal and private things about people and/or their dead family members, she wages great credibility. Continue reading Familiar Spirits… That Peep and Mutter
We know God is listening when we receive answers to our big prayers, those major requests that only His providence can make happen. But there is sometimes greater joy in His unexpected, but on-purpose responses to minor incidents in our lives. These are the ones I especially cherish and fondly re-visit in thankful meditation when I want to recall the mindfulness of my Heavenly Father. Continue reading God IS Listening…
In his first letter to the Thessalonians, Paul wrote that twice he had tried to come to visit and minister to the church there, “but Satan hindered us” (1Thess.2:18). The Greek word for hindered is EGKOPTO and was originally used to describe a road that was so deteriorated and broken up that it was impassable, forcing a person to turn around, go back, and try another way to get to the desired destination. The pictures that come to my mind are of the mudslides and rockslides that often occur on California highways. Paul related that twice he had sought to come to Thessalonica and was hindered, not by washed out road, or rocks or trees fallen on the roadway, but by hindrance from Satan! Continue reading Hindering Spirits