VIDEO Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright! – Lazy Man and God’s Plan

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright!

The lazy man says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!” Proverbs 22:13

This past April, a neighborhood in New York City went into lockdown over reports of a tiger in the streets. The police got the call about 8:30 a.m., and the news swept through the area. People brought in their children and locked their doors as authorities mounted an intensive search. It turns out there was no tiger. It was a raccoon.

When our faith gets lazy and we aren’t trusting God as we should, every raccoon looks like a tiger. But when we’re walking with God and are confident in His promises, everything returns to its proper perspective. Proverbs 28:1 says, “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”

If you’re worried about something happening around you, turn to God in faith and respond to Him in righteousness. No one can lay hands on God’s anointed unless he is given permission to do so. God is ever present with us, just as He was with Elijah.

Faith, which is trust, and fear are opposite poles. If a man has the one, he can scarcely have the other in vigorous operation. He that has his trust set upon God does not need to dread anything except the weakening or the paralyzing of that trust. Alexander Maclaren


The Lazy Man and the God’s Plan – A Very Motivational and Inspirational Story

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True Identity

Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your judgments have been manifested. Revelation 15:4

As much as modern cultures have tried to assimilate citizens, “identity” is still an issue: race, religion, gender, economics, personality, vocation, education. Humanity has compartmentalized itself now more than ever.

That is not true with God. From the beginning, God’s plan has been sweeping: to bless “all the families of the earth” (Genesis 12:3) without regard to the identity categories we force people into today. God called Abraham, through his descendants, to be a light to the world. If we are in Christ, then we are “Abraham’s seed” and heirs of God’s promises to Abraham without distinction (Galatians 3:28-29). This is what John saw in his vision of heaven—all nations coming before God to worship Him. This had been God’s plan from the beginning: to reveal His holiness to all of humanity and offer them an eternity in His presence (Psalm 86:9; Isaiah 45:22-23; Malachi 1:11; Philippians 2:9-11).

Regardless of who you are on earth, the worship of our holy God is your purpose in Christ. Your true identity is found in Him, now and forever.

A holy God calls His people to holy living.  John Blanchard

Expressing Gratitude to God

Psalm 100:1-5

If you’re a Christian, you probably know that thanking the Lord for His blessings is an important aspect of your relationship with Him. But have you ever considered the different ways this can be done? Gratitude isn’t limited to verbal expressions or prayers but can actually be demonstrated in a variety of ways.

In the Psalms, one of the most frequently mentioned methods of conveying thanks is by singing. Songs can often say what our heart feels but has trouble articulating. As the words from our favorite hymns or praise songs flow from our lips, we are reminded of who God is and the magnitude of His salvation and love for us. And singing isn’t reserved just for church. When we’re filled with gratitude, we may find ourselves humming or singing songs that magnify the Lord wherever we are.

Another way to express gratefulness is by serving God—whether through acts of kindness, teaching Sunday school or Bible study, organizing a ministry, reaching out to marginalized people, sharing the gospel with the lost, helping someone in need, or giving financially. Every one of these can be offered to God with an attitude of thanksgiving for all He’s done for us.

Ultimately, we show the Lord our gratitude through obedience. A holy life flows from a heart filled with thankfulness for God’s grace, mercy, love, and salvation. Instead of living for ourselves and our own pleasures, we’ll want to exalt Christ in all that we do, say, and think. And as we allow God’s Spirit to control us, He will faithfully enable us to live in a manner that is pleasing and honoring to the Lord.

The Vessels of Honor

“If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.” (2 Timothy 2:21)

There are several metaphors used by the New Testament writers to help us understand aspects of God’s Kingdom. “Fowls” make a home in the mustard seed “tree” (Matthew 13:31-32). “Tares” grow up with the “wheat” (Matthew 13:25). A “house” represents the church of God (1 Timothy 3:15), in which are both honorable and dishonorable “vessels” (2 Timothy 2:20).

The first step in becoming an honorable vessel is to “purge” oneself from that which is dishonorable. The Greek term ekkathairo and its derivatives all are connected to active cleansing from falsehoods and defilements, as well as separation from those who tolerate ungodliness. “Purge out therefore the old leaven,” Paul insists, “that ye may be a new lump” (1 Corinthians 5:7). Those who are the twice-born are to “possess” their “vessel” in honor (1 Thessalonians 4:4). Some, like Paul, are “chosen vessels” (Acts 9:15).

All who would seek “honorable” service must be sanctified (set apart) for the Master’s use. “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1). An honorable vessel must be prepared (ready) for good works.

Honorable and effective service in the house of God requires that such vessels must be willing to “sanctify the Lord God in your hearts” (1 Peter 3:15). There is no greater honor than being counted “sanctified, and meet for the master’s use.” HMM III

He setteth the poor on high from affliction

Psalm 107:23-43

It will be profitable to read the rest of the psalm which furnished us with our last lesson. May the Holy Spirit sweetly bless it to all of us.

The divine poet now sings of the Lord’s mercy to sailors in time of tempest.

Psalm 107:28

What a pity that they had not prayed before! What condescension on the Lords part to hear them now! However long we may have neglected prayer, it is never too late. If the ship is sinking we may even then cry to God.

Psalm 107:29

He does it all. He commanded the stormy wind to blow and he bids it cease. Some wise men attribute all this to abstract laws. The wisdom which puts God further off is wretched folly; our bliss lies in feeling him to be near.

Psalm 107:32

Sailors should go to the house of God as soon as they land, and unite with the general praise. It is to be feared that many who prayed on the sea curse on shore.

The song now treats of the various changes of human life and the mercy seen in them all.

Psalm 107:33-35

God who turned the fruitful land into a wilderness, also transforms the wilderness into a garden. He can bless or curse most effectually. Who would not be, agreed with him? If we are in the worst condition, let us have hope, for the Lord turns dry ground into watersprings.

Psalm 107:36-41

This contrast is continually dwelt upon in Scripture, and is especially noticeable in the songs of Hannah and Mary. The Lord casts down the high and lifts up the low: let his name be praised, for thus he rectifies the wrongs of this evil world.

Psalm 107:43

The psalm is a spiritual riddle, and those who are taught of God will spy out the meaning. Providence also is often an enigma, but faith interprets it, and sees the love of God in everything.

 

Amidst the roaring of the sea,

My soul still hangs her hope on thee;

Thy constant love, thy faithful care,

Is all that saves me from despair.

 

O Lord! the pilot’s part perform,

And guide and guard me through the storm;

Defend me from each threatening ill,

Control the waves, say, “Peace—be still!”

 

Though tempest-tossed, and half a wreck,

My Saviour through the floods I seek;

Let neither winds nor stormy main

Force back my shattered bark again.

 

Be Chosen in Him

He hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame. (Ephesians 1:4)

I have been told that sometimes when I preach I really worry the Calvinists, but I want to make a point here, and I take the chance of worrying my brethren in the Arminian persuasion.

The recorded acts of Creation in the beginning were not God’s first activity. God had been occupied before that, for He must have been engaged in choosing and fore-ordaining before the foundation of the world!

Paul told the Ephesian Christians: “God has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world; that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.”

Can I explain how God could have chosen us before the creation of the world? Can I explain the eternal nature of God, the uncreated Being? Can I explain a time when there was only God—no matter, no law, no motion, no relation and no space, no time and no beings, only God?

God was there, and God is not a void! He is the triune God and He is all there is. Before the Creation, He was already busy with eternal mercies and a redemptive plan for a mankind not yet created!

 

He Lowers to Raise

“The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.” 1Sam 2:7

All my changes come from Him who never changes. If I had grown rich, I should have seen His hand in it, and I should have praised Him; let me equally see His hand if I am made poor, and let me as heartily praise Him. When we go down in the world, it is of the Lord, and so we may take it patiently: when we rise in the world, it is of the Lord, and we may accept it thankfully. In any case, the Lord hath done it, and it is well.

It seems that Jehovah’s way is to lower those whom He means to raise, and to strip those whom He intends to clothe. If it is His way, it is the wisest and best way. If I am now enduring the bringing low I may well rejoice, because I see in it the preface to the lifting up. The more we are humbled by grace, the more we shall be exalted in glory. That impoverishment which will be overruled for our enrichment is to be welcomed.

O Lord, thou has taken me down of late, and made me feel my insignificance and sin. It is not a pleasant experience, but I pray thee make it a profitable one to me. Oh, that thou wouldst thus fit me to bear a greater weight of delight and of usefulness; and when I am ready for it, then grant it to me, for Christ’s sake! Amen.