‘Cause I Love You

Today I took my four-year-old grandson, Jonathan, to Incredible Pizza Company. We ate pizza and played games. A couple of young male employees also played games and gave us their tickets (we ended up with 400!), so Jonathan was able to get a helicopter with his tickets. As I was driving him home, I said, “You have been very well behaved today for me.” He said, “Yep, that’s ’cause I love you.”

Well, I don’t have to tell you that my heart swelled up to about twice its size when I heard those sweet words. But Jonathan’s words are a lot deeper than he realized. He wasn’t good for me because I would punish him if he was naughty. He wasn’t good for me to receive some kind of reward. He was good because he loves me and knows it pleases me.

And I have to tell you, if we are being good for any reason other than that, our heart is not in the right place. If we serve God to keep from being punished or we serve Him to gain a reward, we need to look deeply into our hearts and figure out what is wrong with our love and devotion to our Father. We ought to be serving Him for one reason: because we love Him. That’s what He wants from us.

Sadly, my four-year-old grandson exhibits a deeper, more mature love and service to me than many of us do to our heavenly Father. Let’s emulate this little boy and fill our hearts with love for God and a great desire to be obedient to Him. Let’s make sure we can say, when we approach our Father in prayer, “Yep, today I served you ’cause I love you.” Will you join me in doing that? As Jonathan often says, “That’s the spirit!”

Moonbeam

February 9, 2011

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What Three Things Did Only God Know?

God knows everything. He knew events that would occur that even Jesus did not know. But, guess what! Today you and I know the answer to three things that Jesus and the apostles said only God knew!

1 Thessalonians 5:1  But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

2  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

Matthew 24:35  Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

36  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

37  But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Acts 1:6  When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

7  And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

So nobody but God knew the day of the Lord when the Son of man would come and set up His kingdom. The people of Jesus’ day didn’t know the answer to when these events would occur. But they did have a clue.

Matthew 16:27  For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works [day of the Lord].

28  Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

Now you and I know the times and the seasons. We know because we have 20/20 vision looking backward. We are truly blessed!

Moonbeam

1.23.11

Our Hope Is Physical?

John 6:35 …I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall NEVER HUNGER; and he that believeth on me shall NEVER THIRST.

 

Isaiah 65:9 [SPEAKING TO THE JEWS] And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, 12 ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer… 13 Therefore … my servants shall EAT, but ye shall be hungry … my servants shall DRINK, but ye shall be thirsty … my servants shall REJOICE, but ye shall be ashamed: 14 … my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit. 15 And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the LORD GOD SHALL SLAY THEE, and CALL HIS SERVANTS BY ANOTHER NAME: 17 For, behold, I CREATE NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. 19 … and the voice of WEEPING SHALL NO MORE BE HEARD in her, nor the voice of crying.

 

Can we see that Jesus fulfilled this prophecy of Isaiah and we are no longer hungry and thirsty and no longer have any need to cry? We are redeemed and our HOPE is not for God to create bodies for us out of the dust of the ground once ours have decayed. Our HOPE is not, or at least should not, be PHYSICAL.

 

The water of life is in New Jerusalem.

Revelation 21:6  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

 

 

Revelation 22:1  ¶And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

Revelation 22:17  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

Jesus said He would give this water to anyone who comes to Him. Did He mean after death? Of course not. The water is here now and we no longer thirst if we come to Him. The water came when God destroyed the temple and called His servants by a new name, creating a new heavens and new earth.

Unfortunately we, like the Jews of the first century, are seeking to get rid of our physical hunger and thirst. They sought a Messiah who would bring a physical kingdom, and we seek a Messiah that will quench our physical thirst and hunger and take away our physical tears. That’s not what God is about and we will forever be dissatisfied if we don’t come to realize that.

Moonbeam

2.12.11

What Three Things Did Only God Know?

God knows everything. He knew events that would occur that even Jesus did not know. But, guess what! Today you and I know the answer to three things that Jesus and the apostles said only God knew!

 

1 Thessalonians 5:1  But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

2  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

 

Matthew 24:35  Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

36  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

37  But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

 

Acts 1:6  When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

7  And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

 

So nobody but God knew the day of the Lord when the Son of man would come and set up His kingdom. The people of Jesus’ day didn’t know the answer to when these events would occur. But they did have a clue.

 

Matthew 16:27  For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works [day of the Lord].

28  Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

 

Now you and I know the times and the seasons. We know because we have 20/20 vision looking backward. We are truly blessed!

 

Moonbeam

1.23.11