Friday, February 13, 2015
Pastor's Thoughts- Feb 14, 2015
"Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matt 24:44-51)
These scriptures have, always, been associated with the rapture. While I would like to teach about this, I was impressed to go with matters of the heart. King David said to the Lord to examine me! (Ps 26:2) Prove me-Try my reins and my heart. When was the last time you went in for a heart checkup? Jesus is the great physician and wants to reveal to us our "Medical" report.
Our hearts can be our emotions,desires and mind. It is a sad state of affairs that ministers are being snared by pornography. Friends, Satan is after your mind. Why? Because that is where the battle is fought! Jesus knows what we are thinking day by day! If you study the life of Judas, he started on the right foot. God is, not, going to give his power to someone who isn't living right. (Matt 10:1) It is a dangerous thing when you try to cast out a devil and you aren't living right.
Judas saw miracles and cast out devils, but something happened along the way. Judas had issues like many of us do. He had a weakness and that was money. The failure to deal with this issue got him into the hands of the enemy and his heart was hardened. (John 13:26-28) All during this time, Jesus was loving Judas. He did not expose nor confront him for his dishonest ways of handling the offerings. He gave him a chance to repent, but he hardened his heart.
On the other hand, Peter had issues too! Jesus told him that he was going to deny him, but Peter got indignant. When the pressure came, what was in his heart came out. As you read Matt 24:44-51, the unfaithful servant, also, had issues. He was doing everything right but when he noticed that the Lord tarried, he turned to the world. What was in his mind came out and got manifested. Noticed that the Lord called him an evil servant even before he committed those acts of sins. He knows our hearts.
The word says-YOUR SINS WILL FIND YOU OUT! Ask God to reveal the issues of your heart. Friends, we, all, have issues we need to deal with. Spend time before the presence of the Lord and deal with the issues. Get to the root of it. Dealing with it will help you avoid heartaches in the future.