Wednesday

Title: Beating Heart

What determines and verifies that a person is alive?  The heart!   The is the most important organ in our body. This hardworking organ works 24 hours, 7 days a week till the day we die.  The human heart beats and pumps blood throughout the entire body as well as deliver oxygen to the brain and all the other organs in our bodies. How thankful we are that it never takes a vacation!
 
If the heart does have problems, diseases, poison, etc. Such a one might consider getting   a heart transplant.  A heart transplant consists of removing the heart from a suitable deceased donor and giving this “new” heart to a recipient desperate in need. The recipient must undergo all kinds of tests and evaluations to make sure they are mentally, emotionally, psychologically, and physically able to make good use of a new heart.   The purpose of the rigid testing is to ensure that the new heart would be the perfect match and most successful.
 
Jeremiah, one of the Old Testament authors, was very concerned about heart beats too.
He was known for being heartbroken with a heartbreaking message.  But instead of the physical heart beat of earthy life, his focus was the spiritual heart beat of eternal life.  This prophet’s daily job task was to declare the words of God to people that were stubborn and rebellious.  His greatest plea was to revive spiritual hearts that stopped beating and instead, encourage others to have a “change of heart” and join God in His holy heartbeat. Instead of doing things on their own and ending up in utter destruction to instead, bow the knee to Almighty God.
 
In chapter 24 of Jeremiah, God says “I will give them a heart to know that I am the LORD, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.”   This tells of the great need the people had of a new heart, new attitude and new behavior.  This also tells of the great need of God’s love because of His willingness to give us, a new heart.  His promise of this very thing, declares loud volumes of God’s love for His people.
 
John, the author in the New Testament, states that
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”  So we know that God loves us but the root of the problem is not whether God loves us but rather do we love Him?
 
Do we love Him enough to follow after Him?  Do we love Him enough to do what He says?
Do we love Him NOT to hurt and grieve His heart?
 
God the great physician knows that we are unable to give ourselves a heart transplant, so in His incredible grace and mercy, does it for us, guaranteeing a high success rate. 
 
Questions
1)  Would you acknowledge that you need a heart transplant?
2)  Would you make a decision to seek after God’s heart?
3)  Would you allow the Lord to turn your heart towards His, beating in unison with His?
 
If you replied yes to any of the above questions, I invite you to say this prayer.
 
Dear Heavenly Father,
I admit that my heart needs to be transformed, that I need a new heart and you are the only one that can give me a new one.  Please come and transform me to have a heart that beats in unison with yours.  I seek to do the things that are pleasing to you and not me.  Help me to surrender my life to you and serve you all of my days.-Amen
 
 
 
About the author:
Simone Lake is a Christ follower, bride of Pastor Dr. John Lake, Bible teacher and a passionate pray-er. Visit her: www.deeprootsinchrist.com, www.simonelake.com, FaceBook, Twitter and LinkedIn
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday

One Day is as a Thousand Years

Recently, while my husband and I were on vacation, we stopped in our favorite coffee shop to gather our yummy drinks and a delicious treats. The next step was the perfect place… as we scanned the tables and chairs for a place to sit down.  “It must meet all our needs I thought…comfy chairs, plenty of outlets for all our devices, away from too much noise, a window would be nice”… as we continued to scout out the perfect area, our ears became tuned to a warning that reminded me of the words of Apostle Peter.  “One Day is as a Thousand Years.”
 
Deeds of Peter
This Apostle Peter, the very one who dared to step out of the boat to meet Jesus by walking on water, the very one who cut Malchus ear completely off when the Roman soldiers came to get Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, the very one who accompanies Jesus along with James and John on the mount of transfiguration, and the very one who declares before his fellow disciples and speaks directly to Jesus, saying “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 
 
This Peter is the same one that years later grew spiritually to be even a more profound teacher.  Devoted now to teaching, training and equipping others to grow in Christ, Peter appeals to his audience mentioning his first hand experience on the mount of transfiguration as evident of his authenticity.
 
Perfect Table and Ears echoing Warning
My ears and those of my husbands were made aware with a great visual of flashing light and thundering of a earth shaken, the immense clarity that even though one may be on vacation, many many miles from work, enjoying a great time, relaxed, not a care in the world, …it is of great need to beware…to be on guard…
 
As we found our perfect table…I looked up and it was quick to observe that just tables over there were two people telling another two people complete fallacy of the truth.  As we passed by, the words from the false teacher’s lips leaped out across the air waves pricking my heart, which provoked me to begin quick deep prayers for the two that were listening.
 
II Peter
In the New Testament, Apostle Peter wrote two letters.  In the second letter, Peter writes to those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ, and even though this epistle was written around 65 AD, it applies to us, right now, this very day, to all who believe and those who begin to believe in Christ as Lord this day.
The core focus of Peter’s 2nd letter was just that, to BEWARE…be on GUARD… for there are those (and will be those) who come and pervert the sound doctrine of Christ, twisting it and leading others astray and away from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Peter reminds those that hear and read his letter by “stirring up your pure minds by way of reminder.  To be mindful of the words spoken before from the Holy prophets (in the Old Testament) as well as the commandments of the apostles of the Lord and Savior.”   Peter challenges the readers not to forget that the Lord is coming again.  Jesus is not slack in His soon return…but with longsuffering, lingering, not willing that any should perish but instead that all should come to repentance, He is waiting for that appointed time that no one knows the day or the hour.
So because we do not know the day or the hour…the scripture text implies that our focus is not the time frame of when Jesus will come again but however the action of following with obedience to stay clear of those teaching falsely becomes the content of our fixed gaze.  Our job is to guard ourselves from false teachers and prophets and protect ourselves and others who would be led astray.
Beware of False Teachers
There are two main areas Apostle Peter centers on, which is the same that continues in the same theological thread that is found in every book of the New Testament and even in the Old Testament. The first one of Peter’s passion is the meshing of His heart with God’s heart and forever common goal and reconciling the people in the world back to God through salvation by faith in believing in Christ Jesus and Lord.
The second passion is to make sure that those who believe in Christ are not lead astray by false teachers, and prophets who are speaking contrary to the Bible.  Peter gives his audience the dangers of listening to false teachers because of the severe spiritual destruction that they cause.  Peter also gives descriptions of how they false teachers act and how we can discern them. As Peter quotes Moses in Old Testament, he reminds us that even though
“Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. You return man to dust and say, “Return, O children of man!”  For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.”  Psalm 90: 1-4
 
Peter continues to encourage the reader my fast forwarding them to the day of Jesus’ coming again.  During that time, THIS time frame, there will be mockery against Christ and Who He is and Who He represents.  Peter concludes this letter with the manifestation of the Day of the Lord being something that is coming and those who are mature in view of the day of the Lord is urged to prepare.  Prepare by having a manner of holy conduct and godliness…and to beware that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.
My prayer for you this 2015 New Year, is that you make yourselves disciplined…having  strong resolutions of highest priority of guarding yourself from false teachers and prophets that do not speak the truth of God’s word written in the Bible.
 
 
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Tuesday

COME!

“Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.  And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God!’ The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following Him, He said to them, ‘What do you seek?’  They said to Him, ‘Rabbi’ (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), ‘where are You staying?’ Jesus said to them, “COME AND SEE!” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day…”   John chapter One
 
Jesus noticing that others are following and seeking Him affirms them to COME!
And they went!
 
Isaiah the Old Testament prophet often proclaimed many many prophecies of Christ and His coming. The first and second advent of Christ was Isaiah’s plea and cry.
Encouraging and affirming those who are looking and seeking, that their hope is in His coming and pleading again and again for the people and readers to COME!
 
Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?   
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love.  For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the Lord, an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.” verses in Isaiah 55:1-13
 
Eyewitness Account
The angel spoke to Mary Magdalene, who had come with other women to adorn the dead body of Jesus with spices, and fragrant herbs.  After the great earthquake,  after the angel descended from heaven and after the angel rolled away the stone from the grave…the angel comforted the women in their sorrow and fear then immediately tells them to COME, to SEE as verification of the promises of Christ’s resurrection.  Don’t just take my word for it.  But COME! Not only were they to come and see, they were to go and tell others to come and see “But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.” So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.  Matthew 28:1-8
 
Future Hope
In Revelation, the last book of the Bible, the author John who walked with Christ, wrote his account in the gospels and was the last disciple to live, then die on earth, being resurrected and joining Christ in heaven…He concludes in Revelation, this glorious hope for each believer by encouraging them and anyone else within hearing and reading range to COME!
In chapter 22
 “And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
 “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
 The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.”
 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
 
Jesus declares with much assurance that He is coming and is wanting others to come to Him!  Sunday Nov. 30 marks the first day of Advent season.  Advent means the coming of Christ   The first advent is when he came as a baby in a manager, grew up on this earth for the purpose of saving people from their sins. The second coming of Christ is at the incarnation as judge on the last day
 
Sounding the Calls to Come
Will you come and see? Jesus has personally invited you to investigate, know,
and learn of Him.  Lingering by remaining near Him.  He has not just called those mentioned in the gospel of John.  He has called YOU!  COME!
 
Will you believe in all the prophesies of Isaiah, following his voice of coming, partaking, drinking and feeding yourself on His word.  It is FREE, no payment required just a willingness to COME!
 
Will you listen to the voice of the angel who also spoke to Mary Magdalene, to COME, to SEE as verification of the promises of Christ’s resurrection. Then to go and tell others to come and see.
 
The simple word of “come” is so powerful.  The personal invitation is so honorable.
During this Advent season that we are approaching would you consider the words of these eye witnesses
Will you Come?  
Will you See?
Will you Go?
Will you Tell?
 
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About the author:
Simone Lake is a Christ follower, bride of Pastor Dr. John Lake, Bible teacher and a passionate pray-er. Visit her: www.deeprootsin christ.com, www.simonelake.com, facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and audio: http://deeprootsinchrist.sermon.net/