The Eye Of The Lord Is On His Children

By David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

In the midst of this worldwide “shaking of all things,” what is God’s
great concern? Is it the events in the Middle East? No! The Bible tells us
God’s vision is trained on His children: “Behold, the eye of the Lord is
upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy” (Psalm 33:18).

Our Lord is aware of every move by every living thing on Earth. And yet His
gaze is focused primarily on the well-being of His children. He fixes His eyes
on the pain and needs of each member of His spiritual body. Simply put,
whatever hurts us concerns Him.
To prove this to us, Jesus said, “Fear not them which kill the body, but are
not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both
soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).  Even in the midst of great world
wars, God’s primary focus is not on the tyrants. His focus is on every
circumstance in His children’s lives.

Christ says in the very next verse: “Are not two sparrows sold for a
farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father”
(Matthew 10:29). In Christ’s day, sparrows were the meat of the poor and sold
two for a penny. Yet, Jesus said, “Not one of these small creatures falls to
the ground without your Father knowing it.”

Jesus’ use of the word “fall” in this verse signifies more than the
bird’s death. The Aramaic meaning is “to light on the ground.” In other
words, “fall” here indicates every little hop a tiny bird makes.

Christ is telling us, “Your Father’s eye is on the sparrow not just when it
dies but even when it lights on the ground. As a sparrow learns to fly, it falls
from the nest and begins to hop along the ground. God sees every little struggle
it has and He is concerned over every detail of its life.”

Jesus then adds, “Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many
sparrows” (Matthew 10:31). Indeed, He says, “The very hairs of your head
are all numbered” (10:30). Simply put, the One who made and counted all the
stars—who monitored every action of the Roman Empire and who keeps all the
galaxies in the orbits—has His eye fixed on you. And, Jesus asks, “Are you
not worth much more to Him?”

 

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At His Feet

English: Jesus at the house of Mary and Martha

English: Jesus at the house of Mary and Martha (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine

Mary, therefore, took a pound of ointment of pure nard, very precious, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.John 12:3

Mary appears three times in the gospel, and each time she is in the same posture – “at Jesus’ feet.” When we have our first glimpse within their home at Bethany, we find Martha in her characteristic attitude, serving. Mary meanwhile was sitting at the Master’s feet, eagerly listening to His words. Our next sight of Mary is when Jesus came back to Bethany after the death of Lazarus, and the sisters went out to meet Him. Again she is at the feet of Christ, this time in deep sorrow, seeking comfort. Here a third time we find her at Christ’s feet, and now it is in honoring her Lord.

We think of Mary, therefore, as a woman who was always at Christ’s feet. In the bright, common days she sat there as a learner, looking up into His face, drinking in His words, and absorbing His spirit into her soul. When grief came she went to His feet for comfort, pouring out her sorrow there, looking up into His face for comfort. Then, when the trouble was over, and there were joy and victory instead, we find her again in her usual place, honoring Jesus with her heart’s richest gifts. There is no fitter place for the redeemed life than at the Savior’s feet.

In Mary’s gift she brought the best she had, the richest gift in all her possession. We should always bring our best to Christ. No ointment in the world is half so precious to Him as the love of human hearts; we should bring Him our best love, giving Him the first place in our affections. We should give Him the best of our lives, our youth in all its freshness and purity, our body and mind when they are at their best. We should give Him the best of our time, not the weary moments of languor only, but the hours when we are most alert. We should give Him the best of our services, doing our finest work of all kinds for Him.

Nothing But Leaves

Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine

If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs him;’ and immediately he will send him back here.”Mark 11:3

There were many other fig trees in that region, but Jesus did not turn to any of them to look for food, because they gave no promise, made no show or pretence of having fruit. He went to this tree because by its early leaves it declared to all who saw it that it had also early fruit. Christ does not expect to find spiritual fruit on the life of the godless man or the worldly woman; but He does expect it on the life of the man or woman who professes to be a Christian.

As Jesus turned to that fig tree, drawn thereto by the tree’s profession of fruitfulness, so hungry souls turn to the Church and to God‘s professed people to find spiritual food. What that tree with leaves and no fruit was to Jesus, the Jewish Church was to the people whose soul hungered for spiritual food. With their burden of sin, with their deep heart-questionings, with their sorrows, with their unsatisfied longings, with their yearnings for help and sympathy, they turned to the priests, the professed spiritual guides, if haply they might get from them what they wanted. So the mission of every Christian Church is to feed hungry souls. In the hour of penitence, when the soul is conscious of guilt; in the day of trouble, when the world has no more to give; in the shadow of death, in all the great crises of life, even the most worldly turn to the Church for what they need.

A church is like a great tree in the desert which holds out the promise of fruit, and toward which all the spiritually hungry turn. There can be few sadder things in this world than a church, promising by its very name, by its spire pointing to heaven, by its open doors, by its songs and services, by its bells of invitation, to give food to the hungry, refreshment to the weary, comfort to the sorrowing, and then failing to keep its promises to the souls that come expecting.

The Young Ruler

Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine…

As he was going out into the way, one ran to him, knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”Mark 10:17

This was a young man in the prime of his life. He was rich, with all the honor, ease, distinction, and influence that wealth brings. He was a man of good reputation among his peers; for he was a ruler of the synagogue. His character was above reproach because he had carefully kept all the commandments. He was a lovable man, with many fine qualities, attractive and winning; for Jesus loved him when he saw him. Yet he was not satisfied. his heart-hunger was also very strong, driving him irresistibly to want to know Christ.

The question he asked Jesus was one of the most important he could have asked. Eternal life is the most glorious prize in the universe to be gained. It embraces all the blessings of salvation in this world, and then a place in the family of God for ever. It is no wonder this young man ran to ask Christ this question. It’s amazing that so few people think about doing the same. Men run to seek earth’s poor prizes, but they are slow in their pace when they are seeking eternal life.

It is a prize too which can be gained. It lies within the reach of every one. There is no one who may not receive it. It is a prize, however, that cannot be gained merely by doing anything. There is plenty of room for doing in the Christian life, but this is not the place for it. Eternal life cannot be gained by saying so many prayers, or fasting so many hours, or being baptized in a certain way, or joining a particular church, or by giving so much money to charity, or by any other kind of religious act or service. Eternal life is the gift of God; it is obtained through Jesus Christ. It is bestowed upon all who will accept it. The way to get it is to take Christ as Savior and Lord.

Worries

Pat:

“Absolutely” ! There is no need to worry God has everything under control! Very Encouraging!

Originally posted on God Loves Bummyla:

Worries

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”
-Luke 12:25-26

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Luke_12-6: Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?

Many of us think that it’s normal to feel worried. In fact, if we have nothing to worry about, we start looking for things to worry about. We think that, if we worry, we’re more responsible. If we’re in a constant state of worry, then we’re not naive, but realists. We’re looking out for our own benefits, making sure that nothing bad happens.

Sometimes we may even think, “If I stop worrying, I leave myself open to being injured, or violated, or taken advantage of somehow. So, I have to worry constantly.” However, that is not the life that God, who…

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How To Shine…

 your light brightest

September 18, 2014

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.”

Matthew 5:14-15

Back when we lived on the East Coast, one of the things we used to do was go look at various lighthouses. I love lighthouses because they’re such a powerful picture of what it means to be an effective witness for Christ.

You see, you don’t find lighthouses in the middle of metropolitan areas. Their light would simply be drowned out by the light of so many other buildings. No, you find lighthouses on dark, dangerous shorelines where they’re exposed to the harsh elements and yet do their job of leading people safely to shore.

As a believer in Christ, God hasn’t called you to just huddle up with all the rest of the lights. He’s called you to go out, risking safety and comfort for the purpose of letting your light shine where it’s needed most.

Don’t just hang around Christians in your holy huddle at church. Get out in the world and take risks to bring others to Christ. Be a true light in a dark world and illuminate the path of Jesus Christ for the lost to come home!

BE A TRUE LIGHT IN THE DARK WORLD BY GETTING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE AND SHOWING JESUS TO THE WORLD!

HE LIFTS US UP: The Depressed and Struggling

Pat:

Amen!! So encouraging!!

Originally posted on ChristianBlessings:

Many are depressed…
and struggle through the year…
dealing with feelings…
of loneliness, worthlessness or fear.
And many are struggling…
with a financial lack…
while others blow money…
and don’t even look back.

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How Can We Help Build…

 the Christian leaders our world needs

September 11, 2014

Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”

1 Timothy 5:17-18

It seems like every week I hear about a minister who has burned out, wiped out, and has shipwrecked his faith. I’ve even had personal friends in ministry who one day just threw in the towel and decided they were done. It’s a sad but very real problem today.

When I think about this epidemic, I really see one reason behind it: Many ministers simply aren’t being encouraged and loved by the people they serve. They’re seen as a business, and the churchgoers are the customers who come on Sunday to consume and then pay whatever they think it cost them for their seat.

But that’s not how the body of Christ was meant to function. When it comes to church staff, it’s not ‘us’ and ‘them.’ It’s one body! We’re called to minister to and encourage one another in the faith. That’s the point of coming together!

So what can you do to build up today’s Christian leaders? Well, you can start by simply encouraging the ministers at your church. Maybe it’s a quick email or note today that says, “Thank you for serving.” Encourage those who serve in ministry and you’ll help build the strong Christian leaders our world needs!

HELP BUILD UP THE STRONG CHRISTIAN LEADERS OUR WORLD NEEDS BY BEING AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO THOSE WHO SERVE IN MINISTRY