Morning Reflection – Psalm 24:1-2

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The world and those who dwell therein.

For He has founded it upon the waters
and established it upon the rivers.

Psalm 24:1-2 (ESV)

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That which God FOUNDS, He also ESTABLISHES.  He is not in the business of ignoring His creation or abandoning things He has begun.

God is a finisher, a strengthener, One who sets things in motion and enables them to withstand the test of time.  Things like the earth.  Things like the Church.  Things like your life.

If you have a new life in Christ, God has founded that life on good promises, and He will establish it for good results in the end.

So, be at peace, follower of Jesus.  God’s got you.
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Fear of Man

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Fear of man is a snare.  (Proverbs 29:25)

The Gospel frees us from the insecurity of needing other people’s opinions to validate our worth.  It frees us, therefore, from needing to manipulate the perceptions and impressions of everyone around us.

This means that when we receive the truth of the Gospel and embrace who God says we are in Christ, we no longer have to use people for their accolades.

Instead, we can love them authentically and serve them for their benefit… rather than using them for ours.

–Pastor Phillip

Some things are not for us to know

And when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.”   (Revelation 10:4)

We could speculate as to what the seven thunders said, but it would be fruitless, because some things are not for us to know.

We could theorize as to why God would reveal so much to us through John yet hold this knowledge back, but it would be pointless, because some things are not for us to know.

We could worry about what we missed and wish we had more answers, but such worry is really worthless, because some things are not for us to know.

What we can do—what we must do—is cultivate the heart and art of humble trust in our heavenly Father.  When we train our hearts to rest in the reality that in Christ, God loves us deeply and will look out for us eternally, we position ourselves for peace.

Why is this so important?  Because life is so complex, and our capacity to understand is so limited.  Yet, when we learn to let go of our constant demand for complete explanations, we will be able to truly rest in the goodness of God and the reality of this truth.

Some things are not for us to know.

–Pastor Phillip

Jesus’ Word to You

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Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.  (Mark 13:31)

An old saying goes, “all good things must come to an end,” and in most cases this is true.

Companies close and relationships fall apart.  Nations crumble and loved ones die.  Hopes fail and dreams fade and according to Jesus, even heaven and earth will one day cease to exist as we know them.

But there is at least one good thing that will never, ever come an end: Jesus’ word to you.

So what is His word to you if you’re in Christ?

You are loved, embraced, accepted and forgiven, and nothing can ever take that away.

–Pastor Phillip

Jesus is completely in control

Jesus Christ [is] the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.  (Revelation 1:5)

The world is run by rulers of all sorts and kinds.

Some are elected representatives, and others, self-appointed tyrants.  Some lead by example and others rule by force and fear.  Some act in ways that honor God and benefit their people, while others use their authority for selfish ends.

Yet, none of the rulers of earth truly have the final say.  Jesus does.

Whatever the political landscape looks like today, remember this.  Above every earthly power sits the exalted throne of the risen Christ.  Above the authority of every grand emperor or petty politician is the rulership of the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

He is infinite in power, boundless in wisdom and altogether good.  So, even when governments seem to run unchecked and societies seem to come unhinged, you can take comfort in this liberating truth…

Jesus is in complete control.

–Pastor Phillip

God’s promise to you is peace

Grace, mercy and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love.  (2 John 1:3)

Sometimes the greatest truths of God are also the simplest.  Sometimes the deepest revelations don’t come from more books, but more belief.

Do you believe God has grace for you?  Do you believe God has mercy for you?  Do you believe God has peace for you?  You must!

If you’re in Christ, that means all of Jesus’ obedience is credited to you and all of the favor He deserves from the Father now rests on you.  Grace doesn’t always mean pleasant circumstances, but it guarantees purpose and power and peace to all who will receive it by faith in Christ.

Trust Him today.  Believe His word, and rest in this truth.

God’s promise to you is peace.

–Pastor Phillip

More than Mary

As [Jesus] was saying these things, a woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “The womb that bore you and the one who nursed you are blessed!”  He said, “Even more, those who hear the word of God and keep it are blessed.”  (Luke 11:27-28)

Some traditions venerate Mary, the mother of Jesus.  They speak of the favor she had with God, the righteousness she had before God, and the blessing she received from God.

Yet, Jesus says that if you follow Him faithfully, hearing His words and obeying His commands, something incredible can be said of you.

You are more blessed than Mary.

–Pastor Phillip

Waking up to Jesus (Luke 9:32)

Peter and those with him were in a deep sleep, and when they became fully aware, they saw His glory and the two men who were standing with Him.  (Luke 9:32)

Jesus’ glory was on full display, but His disciples almost missed it.  They were “weighed down with sleep,” and almost missed a chance to see Jesus for who He really is.

What causes you to feel “weighed down?”

What makes you want to keep your eyes closed, to sleep and retreat instead of standing and engaging?

Maybe your greatest encounter with Jesus is just around the corner, if you’d just be willing to do the work of waking up…

–Pastor Phillip

Jesus doesn’t change on you

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  (Hebrews 13:8)

So often in life, we start a journey of relationship with someone, only to see them change in ways we never expected.

Other times, we put our faith in people to be faithful to us, only to have them change their minds down the line.

Here’s good news, though.  Jesus isn’t like that!

When you trust Jesus, you can have confidence because He is perfectly trustworthy.  When you put your faith in Him, you can rest easy because He is perfectly faithful.

When Jesus says He loves you, He means it, and that is never going to change!  So, let this truth give you greater stability as you trust and follow Him.

Jesus doesn’t change on you.

–Pastor Phillip

Your Father wants to fill you up

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 81

YOUR FATHER WANTS TO FILL YOU UP

There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a foreign god.  I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.  Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.  (Psalm 81:9-10)

Do you ever see God prohibiting things and feel like He’s holding you back or holding out on you?  Here’s good news.  Nothing could be further from the truth!

God’s prohibitions are for your protection, and He knows what will truly satisfy you and what will leave you dry.  He longs for you to turn your eyes from counterfeit Christs that can never save, and open yourself up to the fullness of His grace.

Even today, He’s calling to you, “Let go of your fear and foolishness and let Me be the only source to which you look for help.”  Listen to Him!

You see, your Father wants to fill you up.

-Pastor Phillip

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