A CHOSEN VESSEL

                            A CHOSEN VESSEL

1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

The Scene:  A representation of God’s people, hand-made by Father God. All God’s people are very carefully, wonderfully made in His image.

Psalm 139:14-15 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.”

Revelation 17:14 “They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord* of lords and King of kings– and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”

* Lord = Owner:  (Unger’s Bible Dictionary, 1977 Edition) and therefore has absolute control.  Those who choose to belong to Jesus, our Lord and Savior, have His promises, which includes eternal life with Him in heaven.

Romans 10:13 “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

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GENTLE IS OUR GOD

GENTLE IS OUR GOD


The Scene: Large breaking waves near shore, rolling in one after another. Then the wave flattens out and continues to roll onto the shore, gently caressing the sandy beach.

Psalm 89:9 “You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them.”

Sometimes the large waves seem the only way people see God–a God of awesome power. The people fear Him. But, if His people would focus on who our holy God really is, they will see His gentleness, like the waves as they gently stroke the sandy shores.

God is mighty, but toward His children who obey Him, He is a loving, kind, forgiving, Father.

Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted in the earth.”

Listen to His gentle voice, spoken through His Holy Spirit.

Psalm 107:29-31 “He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.”

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.” (Psalm 136:1)

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MAN-MADE TRAPS

MAN-MADE

Jeremiah 18:22 “Let a cry be heard from their houses when you suddenly bring invaders against them, for they have dug a pit to capture me and have hidden snares for my feet.”

The Scene: Snares/traps/pit–hidden by the leaves over the traps, representing man’s sin.

Colossians 3:5;8-10 “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”

This vision shows us, in the spiritual sense, when man sins, he sets himself up for failure and opens himself up to entrapment by Satan. As new creations we, however, have the Holy Spirit to keep us on the right track, the narrow path of righteousness, thus avoiding a lot of trouble and pain. God is with us: Immanuel!

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BREATH OF THE LORD

BREATH OF THE LORD

Isaiah 40:7-8 “The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.”

The Scene: Wilted flowers and grass fallen because the breath of the Lord blew on them– a representation of mankind.

Mankind is frail and has mortality just like the plants of the earth. In this regard we pass through life into eternity. Unlike the plants that die and fade away back into the soil, mankind will spend the rest of his time, after death, in heaven or hell, based on each person’s choices regarding his relationship with or without Jesus Christ.

Job 4:8-9 “I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it. At the breath of God they are destroyed; at the blast of his anger they perish.”

Psalm 34:9 “You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man’s life is but a breath.”

Our lives are brief– all mankind has but limited time to believe in the one true God and His Son Jesus, accept Him as Lord and Savior and choose to  and serve our Maker. Each person makes that choice for him- or herself and lives with the consequences, eternally.

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LIKE FLINT

LIKE FLINT

Isaiah 50:7-9 “Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame. He who vindicates me is near. Who is he that will condemn me? They will all wear out like a garment; the moths will eat them up.”

The Scene: A representation of Isaiah’s face in rock, has set his face like flint.

Like Isaiah, God’s people are called to be steadfast in hope and belief in Father God, His Son, and the Holy Spirit who was sent to God’s people.

James 1:12 “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

1 Peter 2:19 “For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God.”

We are often called by our Lord Jesus Christ,to endure hardships for His sake through the persecution and ridicule of unbelievers.

Matthew 10:22 “All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.”

Hebrews 3:6 ” But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.”

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LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE

LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE


2 Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. “

The Scene: Bright search lights scanning the night sky, going back and forth. God’s people, believers in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, have been given the ability and opportunity to be lights for Jesus in a dark world, to lead the spiritually lost to focus on the Savior of the world.

Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

We can all praise God for the opportunities He gives us to expand the kingdom of God. Pray for the opportunity to witness to others, the boldness to speak in His behalf, spreading the good news of the gospel of our Lord and Savior. Matthew 10:32-33 “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.”

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LIVING WATERS

LIVING WATER II

LIVING WATERS

Revelation 21:6 “He said to me: ‘It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.’ ”

The Scene: A pitcher of water poured forth; living water fresh like the snow-melt from a mountain stream–representing God’s Living Word.

Revelation 22:1a “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear crystal, flowing from the throne of God and the Lamb.” 

Revelation 22:17 “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.”

Once a person is born-again, filled with the Spirit, he too pours forth God’s living water.

John 7:37-38 “On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’ “


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