Matthew 11:6 He Who Is Blessed

Matthew 11:6 (KJV)
And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

The Jews were offended in or stunned at Jesus because He was not the Messiah they expected. He was not wealthy, worldly, powerful, regal or resistant to the Romans. He was humble, poor and far more interested in their faith than their political circumstances. 

Could it be that John’s question was meant more to set up Jesus’ answer than an evidence of John’s personal doubt? Jesus’ answer is such a powerful one. He did not say “Yes” or “No” to the question. He simply rehearsed the effects of His ministry. 

Blessed is the one who focuses on what the ministry of Christ has accomplished rather than what their own expectations of Christ have been disappointed. 

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Matthew 4:11 The Devil and The Angels

Matthew 4:11 (KJV)
Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

No man compares to Jesus, but Jesus became a man and dwelt among us. For this reason, we may learn much about the life of man from Jesus. 

He was tempted
Life will have its temptations and troubles. 

He was tempted in various ways
We seldom face just one problem. Frequently trials come in bunches. We are attacked in multiple ways at once. 

He faced them with the Word of God
It is written” will always be our best defense. 

When the devil left, the angels came and ministered to Him
There is an unseen world. The devil and his angels, and the angels of God are as real as any of us are. Count on the ministry of the Lord through His angels as much as you dread the trials of the devil and his. 

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Matthew 3:14 Forbidding Jesus

Matthew 3:14 (KJV)
But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?

Jesus said, Matthew 11:11 (KJV)
Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

There has never been a man like John the Baptist, but he was just a man. In human fashion, when approached by Jesus to perform a ministry, John the Baptist’s initial reaction was to refuse to do it. I think I see this reaction very often among those God presses into service.

Some forbid Jesus from using them because of a sense of unworthiness
John the Baptist certainly felt this unworthiness. “I have need to be baptized of thee and comest thou to me?” None of us are worthy in our flesh. God calls us, enables us and it is His worthiness that matters. 

Some forbid Jesus from using them because of a lack of confidence
John had been baptizing previous to this. His problem was not lacking confidence in his work. So many people are confident in affairs of business and labor but have little confidence in the affairs of spiritual work. 

Some forbid Jesus from using them because of a lack of vision
John the Baptist knew exactly who Jesus is. His was not a problem of vision. This is not the case of so many in our day. Many who claim to know Jesus cannot see Jesus for who He is and therefore refuse to commit to serving Him as He leads.

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Revelation 18:16-17 Riches Come To Nothing

Revelation 18:16-17 (KJV)
And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,

I feel like I must constantly remind those, who could read these daily visits, that everything in the Revelation of Jesus Christ is future and will have a literal fulfillment. That being said, men are the same in every age. We haven’t changed much from the days recorded in the Old Testament and, so far as human nature is concerned, not much will have changed in the time of the Great Tribulation. I can therefore learn from those parallels’ lessons helpful to life today and now. 

What I notice is how quickly riches come to nothing. In one hour, in barely a moment’s notice, everything these people had placed their stock, their livelihoods and their self-worth had come to naught. 

Matthew 6:19-21
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

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Revelation 11:10 Even So, Come

Revelation 11:10 (KJV)
And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

The events of the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ are prophetical. They will occur in the future. They are literal. They will occur as described. They are dispensational. They complete Daniel’s 70th week. 

But I find in the events many examples of spiritual life in any era, including this Church age, only supernaturally amplified. 

  • The power of the prophets 
  • The protection of the prophets and
  • The hatred of the prophets

All reflect to some degree the nature of the ministry even today. I wonder if, as we grow closer to the time of Christ’s coming, the reflection becomes even stronger? 

Today:

  • The gospel the preacher declares has power to save the lost
  • The Spirit of God protects the preacher from so that he cannot be eternally  lost, and frequently from physical and material losses. But
  • The spirit of the world increasingly displays hatred for the preacher, condemning his message of salvation through Christ as abusive and hateful. 

Praise God we know the deliverer. One day soon, and before these violent acts of hate are perpetrated, God will lift His children away from this world. 

Even so come, Lord Jesus. 

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Revelation 10:2 Small But Powerful

Revelation 10:2 (KJV)
And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

We, as men, see truth so darkly. 

Albert Barnes says the little book symbolizes the Reformation period. 

John Gill says the little book cannot symbolize the Reformation but rather the revelation of those things sealed in Revelation 5 and now about to be opened upon the world.

Adam Clarke just says, “Who knows what is meant by it?”

Note that it is distinctly called a little book. The things of God do not have to be big 

  • To be powerful, 
  • To be effective or 
  • To accomplish the will and work of God

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Revelation 8:13 Woe, Woe, Woe

Revelation 8:13 (KJV)
And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

I thought this morning that I would love to hear those angels say with a loud voice, “Woe, Woe, Woe.” But then I thought again:

I will hear it
This is prophecy and it concerns me. As one of the children of God, those who have been saved and will be raptured to heaven before the Great Tribulation, I will be present in heaven to hear when they speak these woes.

I will not like hearing it
I rejoice in the holy and perfect plan of God. I rest in His goodness and trust His justice. That being said, I cannot look forward to what my fellow human beings will endure under these woes. Truth is, God would have them to be saved from it if they would but turn to Him now. Oh, may we be faithful and effective in preaching to them. 

Woe to those who don’t hear it
By that I mean those who endure these woes. 

  • There is time today to repent. 
  • There is time today to be saved from them. 
  • There is time today to come to Christ and find grace and mercy. 

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Jude 1:14-15 Soldiers, Not Salesmen

Jude 1:14-15 (KJV)
And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

I heard from a preacher friend[1] last evening, a message on the visions of Daniel. His message concluded with an application for Christians today. He said we are called to be “soldiers, not salesmen.” Our responsibility is to be instruments of the Spirit of God in two realms:

In the realm of the church
We would serve as, the Spirit does, to bring comfort, to come alongside the grieving. To bring illumination, to teach and preach the Word of God. To preach salvation, and to see the lost come to know our Saviour.

In the realm of the world
Our work as instruments filled with the Spirit of God is very specific, 

John 16:8 (KJV)
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

As soldiers then, according to my friend, we are responsible to declare the ungodliness of the world. 

That’s certainly what Jude did. 


[1]Dr. Jerry Scheidbach in a prophecy conference in Vancouver, WA.

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3 John 1:4 No Greater Joy

3 John 1:4 (KJV)
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

An application jumps so abruptly from this verse that a person is likely to miss any other lesson. It is for this reason I want to begin by pointing out that the first lesson is of John himself. He speaks not of his children by birth but of the new birth. Regarding this, Albert Barnes writes, “all the ministers of the gospel, that their highest comfort is found in the fact that those to whom they minister, whether still under their care or removed from them, persevere in a steadfast attachment to the true doctrines of religion, and live accordingly”

I am a parent and serve as a pastor. It is true on both counts that, though I wish them to prosper and be in health, that thing that matters most to me and that brings me the greatest joy, is to know they walk in truth. 

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1 John 4:11 So How Do We Love?

1 John 4:11 (KJV)
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

The obvious responsibility of the believer is to love.

  • We are to love God
  • We are to love our neighbor and
  • We are to love our brother in the Lord

But some people make it very difficult to love them. 

  • Their actions, 
  • Their attitudes, 
  • Their answers to life issues 

can often repulse the believer whose sensibilities have been shaped by the teaching of God’s Word. 

So how do we love?

  • Through the Holy Spirit[1]and
  • Through reflection and worship of God. 

Consider that God loved us. No one but God knows better than we do that we do not deserve His love. 

  • We did not deserve it for salvation. 
  • We did not deserve it for His fellowship. 
  • We did not deserve it for His promise of heaven. 

Further we do not deserve in from day to day. But God did love us. And because He loved us, we can be assured He loves others. 

And if He loves others, then so ought we. 


[1]Romans 5:5 (KJV)

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

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