I heard a story once about an Englishman who bought a Roll-Royce. It had been advertised as the car that would never, ever, ever break down. So the man bought the Rolls-Royce at a hefty price and was driving it one day when, to his surprise, it broke down. He was far away from town, so he called Rolls-Royce and said, “Hey, you know this car that will never break down? Well, it’s broken down.”
Immediately, a Rolls-Royce mechanic was sent via helicopter to the location where the car was broken down. The car was fixed, and the man went on his way. Naturally, the man expected to get a bill from Rolls- Royce. It was clearly expensive for them to provide such service (not often does a mechanic fly to where your car is broken down!), and he wanted to get the whole ordeal behind him. So when the bill had not yet come a few weeks later, the man called Rolls-Royce and said, “I’d like to go ahead and pay the bill for my auto repairs so that we can get this behind us.” Rolls-Royce responded, “Sir, we are deeply sorry, but we have absolutely no record of anything ever having gone wrong with your car.”
Consider the wonder. For all who come to Christ and receive a new heart from Him, the God of the universe looks at you and says, “I have absolutely no record of anything ever having gone wrong in your life.”
I John 1: 9 tells us that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. “ Our sins are lost in God’s sea of forgetfulness. The prophet Jeremiah speaks of the day which is now here. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Jeremiah 31: 34b)
Rejoice in the fact that your sins are not only forgiven, but they are forgotten. Satan can’t hold them against you any longer. You have been set free, not to continue sinning, but to follow Christ in obedience.
Have a great!
God is Still God!
Gladys Aylward, a missionary to China for over fifty years, tells of having to flee the city of Yangcheng once the Japanese invaded it. With only one assistant, the young Aylward led more than a hundred orphaned children over the mountains to safety in Free China. On one particular morning, Aylward battled feelings of despair brought on by sleepless nights, scarce food, and little hope. While she wrestled with these emotions inside, a 13 year old girl in the group rambled on about the story of Moses and the crossing of the Red Sea, until Gladys could take it no longer. “Look”, said Aylward to her young companion, “I am not Moses.” “Of course you’re not,” said the little girl, “but Jehovah is still God.”
Oh, how we often need that reminder. I may not be able to preach like Billy Graham, or lead like John Maxwell or write books like Max Lucado, but Jehovah is still God. The good news is He can use any of us if we will make ourselves available. [He once used a talking donkey to get his point across to a stubborn prophet named Baalaam (see Numbers 22: 21-31), so there is hope for all of us].
Whatever obstacle or problem you face this morning, our God is more than adequate. My prayer for you is the same as the Apostle Paul’s prayer for the church at Ephesus. (Ephesians 1: 17-19a) “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”
We may be weak, but we belong to an all-powerful God. Trust in His strength today!
Have a great day!
February 2, 2016
My granddaughter, Devyn, loves to be read to. She will grab a book and start backing up toward the first available lap she can find and plop down. She will literally do this for hours, repeating the same books over and over.
Recently we went through a phase where “The Little Red Hen” was a particular favorite. If you’ve forgotten this classic, the Little Red Hen needs help saving the seed, weeding the garden, gathering the wheat, grinding the flour and baking the bread. Everyone she asks replies, “Not I, Not I.” But when she asks for volunteers to eat the bread everyone says, “I Will! I Will.” It seems to be a part of chicken nature as well as human nature to want to enjoy the benefits and blessings while avoiding the work.
Wouldn’t it be great Mom, if you asked, “Who’d like to help with the dishes” and multiple voices said, “I will, let me, help!” (We can always dream can’t we?) Or Dad wouldn’t it be great if you said, “I could use some help mowing the grass” and suddenly there were volunteers with no mention of getting paid.
In Exodus 35:21 as Moses prepares to construct the Tabernacle we are told that “everyone who was willing and whose heart moved them came and brought an offering to the Lord for the work on the tent of meeting, for all its service, and for the sacred garments”. Perhaps the most important prerequisite for being used by God is willingness. It’s not about how talented, or creative, or well-trained we are. God can use anyone who is available.
So what is keeping you from stepping up to the plate? Like Isaiah of old said, “Here am I Lord, Send, Me” (Isaiah 6:8). You might just be amazed at the incredible ways God uses you to accomplish His purpose.
Have a great week!
Tuesday Morning on the Run
Inspirational thoughts from Pastor Barry Lawson