The Daily Nugget
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
1Corinthians 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
Many have given up on prayer. Many have come to the conclusion that prayer does not work and that it is useless. America’s prayer life is pitiful. Many have traded powerful prayer for their weak workings. But in fact, prayer is a powerful asset to the born again Christian. We as His children have a connection to the throne room of Glory. We must tend to our prayer life. We must handle it with care. Many of us are guilty of handling our prayer life so frivolously. So many times we overlook the desperate need of our true connection to our eternal home. How many times have you prayed and it seemed as if Heaven was non-existent? How many times have we prayed out of obligation? You see, that is the problem. We so easily get overtaken by life itself and by our busy schedules and we ourselves are so clogged with temporary things that we cannot concentrate on the eternal things. Our prayers are eternal things. Our prayers should be treated as if they are entering the ears of the sovereign Creator of the universe. My friend that is the destination of our prayers! But, many times we pray and it is as if Heaven is out of business and God has taken a vacation. Notice our verse; “I will pray with the spirit”. Now there is the difference. We must pray in the spirit. Our conversation with God should not be treated as a carnal conversation. We pray to the Holy Spirit through our spirit. Prayer is a spiritual thing, not a carnal thing. It is an immediate conversation with God. Many times we cannot understand what He is speaking back to us because we are so much in the flesh. We find our self so caught up with the carnal things of life that we cannot understand the word of the Lord. 1Cor. 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. Notice as well that Paul says he will sing in the spirit. That word “sing” here refers to our worship unto the Lord. Much of what we call worship is not in the spirit, therefore it is not worship at all. Many times we enter into the time of worship with so much of the world hanging off us that our attempt to exalt Him is frivolous and fake. To truly worship him we must worship him in spirit. John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. The religious crowd of today say that our physical and vocalness of worship is not of God, but may I report that it is of the Spirit! Are you having a hard time understanding in your prayer? If so, then strive to pray in the spirit. Are you having a hard time understanding and fulfilling true worship? If you are, then maybe you should give yourself over to spiritual worship. The spiritual things of life must be operated in the spirit. Amen.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Jude 1:24-25 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
I am blessed to be able to report to you that I was privileged to have been in church my entire life. As a child I do not remember a time that we were not carried to church on a weekly basis. When Sunday came around we did not ask our parents if we were going to church or not. It was a given to know that we were going to church. It was something you did not question. Oh how we need more parents that take that same stand today. My Mom would begin on Saturday night making sure all of us kids were bathed and clean. And might I remind you, we were raised on a farm and we played freely outside in the sand pile, in the barn, in the woods, etc. We were not inside glued to the TV or a video game. We were outside enjoying the blessings of life. Saying all that I can honestly say that the bath water was not clear when we crawled out of the tub. We were filthy from the day’s journey. Momma made sure we were clean. Why? Because church was the next morning! She would inspect us boys thoroughly to make sure we did in fact take a bath and not just splash around in the tub and jump out. She would spend quite some time ironing the wrinkles from our clothes with great care. Come Sunday morning at 10am we would look like doorsteps lined up on the church pew dressed in our best and clean as a whistle. Thanks Mom for doing a great job at being a Momma! Our verse today reminds us that our Lord has the powerful ability to present us as spiritually clean. Even though we are living in a filthy world and we are mixed with much sinful dirt day in and day out, our Lord is able to present us clean. Because of Calvary we can be kept clean. The Lord Jesus shed His own blood that we might have a cleansing agent for our spirit, mind and soul. No matter how dirty we may be found, the blood can cleanse us. And… the blood can keep us clean. And… the blood can present us faultless. Hallelujah He took our judgment. No matter how hard my Mom tried, she could not keep us clean. By Sunday evening we were filthy again. After Sunday afternoon’s outside adventures we were dirty and needed another bath. But spiritually, our Lord can keep us clean. Notice our verse makes it clear that the only reason we are able to enjoy and experience the glory of God’s presence is because He and He alone has the power to cleanse us. Just like Mom was proud of her four little clean kids on Sunday morning, our Lord can present us before all His glory spotless and clean through the cleansing power of His blood. Amen!
Monday, June 27, 2016
Psalm 26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
As a witness of the Lord Jesus, we must regularly ask the Lord to do a thorough inspection of us. The Psalmist puts it so powerfully here in our text. “Examine me”. This means to investigate, prove and try. A little twinge of nerves should spike within our spirit when we read this verse. We must open up to the Lord regularly and ask Him to do a thorough inspection of our fruit. This Godly investigation will reveal any faulty, unscriptural fruit. It will reveal wormy, pest infested areas of our lifestyle. It will reveal any rotten and decaying areas that must be trimmed out. Must we go on? It is easy to slide out of God’s will. It happens little by little until one day God launches a thorough investigation and we soon find ourselves bowed in humbling conviction. Our verse says “prove me”. Oh my goodness, that is a little intimidating. Because we know that the Lord has the ability to check out every area of our life. He can scan the cracks, closets, and all the hidden areas where corruption hangs out. The word “reins” usually means the insides, the guts of our spirit. But here it is a Hebrew word meaning not just our insides but our mind also. Our mind can house much corruption. The Psalmist asked the Lord to do a thorough inspection of the fruit of his mind. Oh me! Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts. I am feeling some personal conviction rising up in my spirit. God help us! He ask the Lord to inspect his heart. In other words, his spirit itself, the center of his life. Church, let’s ask the Lord to do a thorough inspection of our fruit output, of our spiritual life, and of our commitment to our responsibilities as a child of God. Amen.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God