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The Wednesday Word: Our Faithful God

We are assured by Jesus himself that “not one sparrow can fall to the ground without permission¨ (Matthew 10:29).

Our God is faithful!

We are also told that we are of more value than many sparrows (Matthew 10:31). And no wonder we are valuable. We are the purchase of blood. God’s blood (Acts 20:28). We, as His purchased possession, have the assurance that He is faithful (Deuteronomy 7:9).

All is well! He has not lost sight of you. He will supply.

He is faithful!

One of our problems is that we usually don’t go to the Lord Jesus with our trials. We choose worry rather than trust. We don’t; “Cast our burdens on the Lord.” We forget that He will “sustain us” (Psalm 55:22).

He is faithful!

By the way, the word ‘sustain’ contains a promise of support. Christ’s sustaining hand surrounds us whether we feel it or not. As we grow in grace, we learn to trust where we can’t trace. In other words, we don’t let our feelings dominate and guide us.

He is Faithful!

It is promised, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers (us) out of one or two of them” (Psalm 34:19). Are you serious? No! He delivers us from them all! Try Him! Trust Him! Venture yourself on Him!

He is Faithful!

Also, think of these further sustaining promises from our Faithful God: Philippians 4:2 ” Thy God shall supply all your need according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

Isaiah 33:16 “Bread shall be given, water shall be sure,”

Are you worried about finances? Here’s some good news .. we have a faithful God. He isn’t suffering a lack of funds. Look at Haggai 2:8 “The silver is mine, the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts.” Then there’s Psalm 50:10 which tells us that, “The cattle upon the thousand hills” are His. We are being cared for by the One who owns and possesses all and He’s a giver not a taker.

The Lord can and does provide from the most unusual sources. This is clearly seen in Matthew 17. Money was needed for the temple tax. So, being near the lake, Jesus told Peter to throw out the line and take the first fish he caught, open its mouth and the money would be there.

The Lord Jesus provided money from a fish so let’s be open to His abundance of supply coming to us in any manner.

” This God is the God I adore,

A faithful unchangeable friend;

His love is as great as his power,

And knows neither beginning nor end.

‘Tis Jesus, the first and the last,

Whose Spirit shall guide me safe home;

I’ll praise him for all that is past,

And trust him for all that’s to come.”

Frances Havergal, the hymn writer, could have felt forgotten by God. She suffered terribly from peritonitis and died from it in her early forties. On the last day of her life, she asked a friend to read Isaiah 42 to her. When the friend read the sixth verse, “I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee,” Miss Havergal stopped her. She whispered,

“Called;”

“Held”

“Kept.”

“I can go home on that!”

And, later that day she did go home on that, resting in the faithfulness of her God and Saviour Jesus Christ. One of her best-loved Hymns is, “Like a River Glorious.” The third verse reads,

“Every joy or trial falleth from above,

Trac’d upon our dial by the Sun of Love;

We may trust Him fully all for us to do;

They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true.”

It was true for her; it has been true of every one of God’s elect,

Called;

Held;

Kept.

We can go home on that! Even when God seems to have forgotten us, we can trust Him and find Him wholly true.

He is the Faithful God.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

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The Wednesday Word: Was Jesus ever called God?

We, followers of Christ need to be grounded in the truth that the One we are following is the eternal God. Contrary to some popular ideas, Jesus is indeed called God in numerous places of scripture: Take for example,

The Word was God, John 1:1.

Thomas called Jesus Lord and God, John 20.28.

We learn that God was manifest in the flesh, I Timothy 3:16.

And let’s not forget Romans 9:5, “Of whom, as concerning the flesh, Christ came who is over all God blessed forever.”

Away with these mischief makers who say that Jesus is not man and God at the same time. They know nothing of the Dual Nature of Christ.

Jesus is called Jehovah,

We learn in Numbers 21 that the Israelites tempted Jehovah. This is applied to Christ by the apostle in I Corinthians 10:9 when he says, ¨Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.

Nor is Christ merely called Jehovah but Jehovah our righteousness (Jeremiah 23:6.) Christ is our righteousness and thus our God (2 Peter 1:1).

The Great God

He is called the great God and Saviour, Titus 2:13

Someone says but that is not speaking of Christ. Excuse me! Read the next verse. This Great God and Saviour gave Himself for our sins (verse 14). Therefore, Jesus is both the great God and Saviour. That’s good news for those of us who have trusted Him.

If language has any meaning, then we must look no further than Christ Jesus to discover God.

Attributes

Not only is Christ called God, but also the attributes of the Godhead are credited to him.

Eternity is ascribed to Him: for he is said to be before Abraham (John 8. 58). This evidently proves that Christ existed before he was born of a virgin.

Jesus is said to be Omniscience: Peter confessed ‘Lord, you know all things.’

He is Omnipresence: Matthew 18:10. Jesus Himself said, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

Omnipotence …Divine power is attributed to Him (Hebrews 1:1). He upholds all things by the word of His power.

These things are sufficient to prove that Christ is God. The names of God and the attributes of the Godhead are ascribed to him: But there is more.

Works.

The works which only God can perform, are ascribed to the Lord Jesus. Creation is ascribed to Him. Hebrews 1:10. “Thou, Lord, in the beginning hath laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the works of thine hands.” This is further confirmed in John 1:3, “All things were made by him, and without him was not anything made that was made.”

Additional witness is given in Colossians 1:16. It reads; “By him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions, or principalities or powers; all things were created by him, and for him.”

The Government of the universe is ascribed to him in Hebrews 1:3 where we are told that he is upholding all things by the word of his power.

The work of our Salvation is ascribed fully to Christ (Matthew 1:21). It would be great error to deny it, when it is evident from so many places in the New-Testament. Furthermore,

Redemption is His (Acts 20:28).

Remission of sins is His to give (Matthew.9: 6).

Eternal Life is His to give (John 10:28).

The building of the Church is credited to Him. This again is strong proof that He is God for “He that built all things is God” (Hebrews 3:4).

Jesus is the Lord God. We worship Him (Matthew 28:9) and believe on Him (John 14:1).

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

The Wednesday Word: None can Perish There

“Approach, my soul, the mercy-seat

Where Jesus answers prayer;

There humbly fall before His feet,

For none can perish there.”

John Newton

We can all remember a time when we were sinners. Oh yes, I know we are (present tense) sinners (1 Timothy 1;15) but I’m talking about when we knew we were vile and base and living in despair. And do you remember what happened? Jesus interposed and led us to the cross and assured us that,

None can perish there!

Then by the Spirit and the Word we were taught precious truths like the Mercy Seat (Exodus 25:17-22). We learned that it was made of pure gold and thus a picture of Christ (Exodus 37:6). It pointed us again to Jesus the only sinless one who ever lived. Indeed,

None can perish there!

God told Moses He would commune with him from above the Mercy Seat (Exodus 25:22). It is no wonder then that in John 14:6, Jesus, being the Mercy Seat, said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but by Me.” It is only in Jesus that we commune with the Father. Christ is our Mercy Seat

None can perish there.

When we are tempted to doubt and fear and think that the Lord is not hearing us. It’s then we see that Christ has entered once into the Holy place (Hebrews 9:12). He entered that sacred place for us and representing us, therefore,

None can perish there.

And as we grow in grace and the knowledge of God we also discover that we are now settled in the Heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 2:6). What a delightfully precious resting place. And

None can perish there.

When we at times feel our insecurity and fear that we will never be admitted to glory, it is then we learn to see His injured hands and feet. As we consider His wounded side and see what our sin has done, and yet know that it was for us he bled and suffered. Then again, we see,

None can perish there.

When we are carrying cares for the future. When we worry about our finances as we grow old. We learn to trust tomorrow to His hands; they are strong hands and mighty.

None can perish there.

During the settling of the American West, a group of pioneers was making their way across one of the central planes. They traveled in covered wagons drawn by oxen, and progress was slow.

One day they were horrified to note a long line of smoke in the west, stretching for miles across the prairie, and soon it was evident that the dried grass was burning fiercely and coming toward them rapidly. They had crossed a river the day before, but it would be impossible to go back to that before the flames would be upon them.

One man only seemed to have understood what should be done. He gave the command to set fire to the grass behind them. Then when a space was burned over, the whole company moved back upon it.

As the flames roared on toward them from the west, a little girl cried out in terror, “Are you sure we shall not all be burned up?” The leader replied, “My child, the flames cannot reach us here, for we are standing where the fire has been!”

What a picture of the believer who is safe in Christ!

None can perish there.

“On Him Almighty vengeance fell,

Which would have sunk a world to hell.

He bore it for a chosen race,

And thus becomes our Hiding Place.”

The fires of God’s judgment burned themselves out on Him, and all who are in Christ are safe forever, for they are now standing where the fire has been.

None can perish there.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

The Wednesday Word: SAVED

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”(Acts 4:12).

SAVED! What a great Bible term. Some people say it is antiquated, but I disagree. It means deliverance instead of destruction, life instead of death, acquittal instead of punishment and rescue instead of ruin. Saved! What a wonderful multi-faceted word! May we never drop it from our vocabulary.

We are saved!

And how did we get saved? We got saved on the basis of Christ’s finished work outside of us in history (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

Believers have been delivered from damnation (Romans 5:1). We are saved.

Believers are no longer under wrath (Romans 5:9)…..we are saved.

Jesus said, ¨I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture¨ (John 10:9).

Again, In Acts 2:21 we learn that “whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

‘But surely I am saved by giving up my bad habits?’ Not at all! As Harry Ironside said, “The Gospel is not a demand that you give up the world, that you give up your sins, that you break off bad habits and try to cultivate good ones. You may do all these things, and yet never believe the Gospel and consequently never be saved at all.”

Inspite of our unworthiness, we, by faith, receive a complete and finished salvation. We are not half condemned, we are saved. We are not half accepted, we are saved.

Because of the doing, dying and rising again of Christ Jesus we are saved completely (Colossians 2:10).

We are saved forever, (Romans 11:29).

And, we are saved for his glory (Romans 15:7).

Notice how our salvation begins with grace and ends with glory. Grace is the forerunner of Glory. Glory is the consummation of grace.

Across the history of the believer’s life is now written in large bold letters ..SAVED. The more we understand the Gospel the more we realise that the Father cannot discover any state to ‘unfit’ us for Jesus. (see Romans 8:33-39). We are saved!

It’s a wonderful thing to know that the Lord Jesus has nothing against us. We are saved! We are saved because Christ Jesus suffered on the cross. He was charged with our sin and He acknowledged our sin to be his. We are saved! In His life, He gave himself for us. At the cross, He gave Himself for us. We are saved!

What sin can keep the believer out of Glory?

Would you say blasphemy? No it can’t be blasphemy for Saul of Tarsus said, “I was a blasphemer”(1 Timothy 1:13). Yet, God saved him.

Would adultery keep a person out of Glory? That can’t be so. Rahab the harlot had practiced prostitution (Joshua 2:1). Yet God saved her.

Would you say murder would keep a person out of glory? Well, David had a hit man go and kill Uriah; that’s murder. (2 Samuel 12). Yet God saved him.

Would you say divorce would keep you out of Glory? The woman at the well was married five times (John 4:16-18). But God saved her.

We have too small a view of the Lord’s power, grace and mercy. He is the Saviour! We are the saved.

As you remember, the name Jesus comes from the Hebrew ‘Jehoshua’, meaning “Jehovah saves”. Jesus was born as our Saviour. If he loses us, he’s not the saviour who was born to save. But He died on the cross as our saviour. He was buried and rose again as our Saviour! Therefore, we are safe and we are saved!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com  

The Wednesday Word: Jesus is Very Near

The LORD is near unto them that are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite spirit (Psalm 34:18).

Do you ever feel that the Lord’s face is hidden from you? You say, “I cannot sense Him. I can´t seem to recognize his presence. “

We´ve all been there…if you haven´t, just wait a while.

In the meantime, here’s some good news; your not being able to sense Him doesn’t mean that the Lord is not near. In reality, the Lord is never nearer than when we feel and think we are at a loss to discover Him.

One old time preacher said it like this, “God is never nearer to His people than when they cannot see His face; He is never closer than when they do not hear His voice.”

He is there even when it seems that all hope has been knocked out of the ball park.

Look at Hagar, she left Ishmael under the shrubs, and said, “Let me not see the death of the child” (Genesis 21:16). What happened then? God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water” (Genesis 21:19). The Lord had been there all the time.

And what about Abraham? He “Lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns” (Genesis 22:13). The Lord had been there all the time.

Again, consider Mary Magdalene. Remember her? On the resurrection morning, she was the first at the tomb. She was the one who, when she discovered the stone had been moved, ran and fetched Peter and John. After the two disciples had concluded their investigations of the vacated tomb they returned home, but Mary, remained. She had lost her Saviour. She couldn’t find him. She was distraught, distressed and despairing. She wept. Someone had taken Jesus’ body. Poor, precious Mary. She didn’t realize that, although she could neither see nor feel the Lord’s presence, Jesus was very near.

In John 20:14-15, a man came into the picture and she supposed he was the gardener, so she pleaded with him to reveal where the body had been taken. But this was no gardener. This was the creator of the Universe. Then He said to her, ‘Mary’ and she turned herself, recognized Him and said, ‘Rabboni’, which is to say, Master. Even when she could not sense, feel or discover His presence, He had been there.

Mary illustrates the nearness of the Lord even when we don’t know where He is.

Also, consider this, Jesus held his first post-resurrection conversion with a woman. But not just any woman. Here Jesus gave primacy to a woman who had been a notorious sinner and demoniac (Mark 16:9). What wonderful matchless grace. Her sins were gone. Jesus had paid for them with his own blood. Far from holding her sins against her, Jesus made her the first preacher of the great and glorious facts of the resurrection and ascension (John 20:17).

“Days are filled with sorrow and care,

Hearts are lonely and drear.

Burdens are lifted at Calvary,

Jesus is very near.

“Cast your care on Jesus today,

Leave your worry and fear.

Burdens are lifted at Calvary,

Jesus is very near.

“Troubled soul, the Saviour can feel

Every heartache and tear.

Burdens are lifted at Calvary,

Jesus is very near.”

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

The Wednesday Word: Astonished and Amazed!

Who is Jesus? He is the glory of heaven. His radiance is brighter than the sun. He was and is and always will be the Lord God. He is the eternal Word made flesh (John 1:14; 1 Timothy 3:16).

When I consider Him, I’m astonished and amazed!

He is the Image of the Invisible God (Colossians 1:15-17; John 1:17). He is the perfect manifestation of God.

When I meditate on this, I’m astonished and amazed!

He is the mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5; 1 Corinthians 8:6) – He is the only way to approach God.

When I reflect on this, I’m astonished and amazed!

He is Head over All Things (Philippians 2:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:27-28) – What a truth!

When I dwell on this, I’m astonished and amazed!

“He did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: when He was reviled, He reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not, but committed himself to Him that judges righteously” (1 Peter 2: 22-23).

When I deliberate on this, I’m astonished and amazed!

Nevertheless, despite Him being sinless, “He was despised and rejected of men: a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah. 53:3).

When I look thoughtfully at this, I’m astonished and amazed!

Many of his days upon earth were difficult days, clouded with care, and pain. So much so that he could say, “I am afflicted and ready to die even from my youth up” (Psalm 88.:15).

When I think about this, I’m astonished and amazed!

After the Kangaroo court they subjected Him to, “His face,” we are told, “was so marred, more than any (other) man’s, and his form more than the sons of men” (Isaiah 52:14).

When I envision this, I’m astonished and amazed!

How could they treat God in human flesh like this? What grace! What authority under control. He was the One giving them breath and keeping them alive as they brutalized Him.

When I visualize this, I’m astonished and amazed!

Listen to the groans of anguish as they beat and punched Him. The only mouth in the history of man that never uttered an unholy word was bruised and battered.

When I contemplate this, I’m astonished and amazed!

But, harder and more terrible than all this is the truth, “It pleased Yahweh to bruise him.” It was the Father who” put him to grief” (Isaiah 53:10).

Quite frankly, I’m astonished and amazed!

Yes, it was the Father’s voice that cried, “Awake, o sword, against my shepherd, against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts: smite the shepherd” (Zechariah 13:7).

In His last and darkest hour, when the storm of wrath burst upon him in all its fury, his Father’s arm was withdrawn!

Quite bluntly, I’m astonished and amazed!

At the cross, the light of God’s countenance was replaced by the awful darkness of God’s frown. The terrors of wrath fell upon Christ’s lovely head and caused him to release that piercing cry, “My God, My God, why hast THOU forsaken me,”

When I picture this, I’m astonished and amazed!

“Alas! and did my Saviour bleed,

And did my Sovereign die?

Would he devote his sacred head

For such a worm as I?

“Was it for sins that I had done,

He groaned upon the tree?

Amazing pity! grace unknown!

And love beyond degree.

“Well may I hide my blushing face,

‘When his dear cross appears;

Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,

And melt my eyes to tears.”

David Brainerd, the famous missionary to the American Indians, said, “I never got away from Jesus and Him crucified in my preaching. I found that once these people were gripped by the great evangelical meaning of Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf, I did not have to give them many instructions about changing their behavior.”

May we always be astonished and amazed by Jesus and thus live for His glory.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

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The Wednesday Word: A Question for us All

He said unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me? John 21:17.

This ancient question from the Master – ´Do you love Me?´ can be directed at us all. Do we love the Lord Jesus? It’s a simple but profound question … Do we love Him?

Peter had denied the Master three times. Awful! But notice what Jesus didn’t ask Peter. He didn’t inquire,

“Peter are you fond of me?”

“Peter, do you believe in Me?”

“Peter, will you try harder in future?”

No! He asked him, “Do you love Me?”.

Notice again how our gracious Master doesn’t say,

“Peter, how much have you wept over your failure?”

“How often have you beaten yourself up because of your great sin?”

“Peter, how often have you been on your knees seeking mercy?”

“Peter, I’m waiting for you to say sorry.”

“Peter, I want you to make a resolution to improve.”

Here´s the Gospel Truth, Grace does not require us to do something to get back into the Lord’s favour. Grace doesn’t demand a promise to improve! The law does that! But Grace will cause us to follow Him!

Love for Jesus is more important than promises and pledges to do better. Peter’s failure can be traced to one thing … a lack of love for Jesus. That’s what caused His crisis. It wasn’t a lack of zeal or commitment but a cataclysmic deficiency in his love that caused his fiasco of denial.

“Do you love me?” Ah! That’s the query for us today. It’s a challenging question but it’s also a comforting one? It’s reassuring to know that we may have failed the Lord miserably as Peter did, and yet be entrusted with that which is precious to Him. He loves us despite our failures.

And that’s the question Jesus is asking us today—“Do we love Him?” Can we say with the Hymn-writer?

“The dearest idol I have known,

Whate’er that idol be,

Help me to tear it from thy throne,

And worship only thee.”

Do we love Jesus? Real Christianity is all about Him! Do we love Him? The Lord is not asking do we love serving Him. Nor is He asking do we love working for Him? Jesus is asking, ‘Do we love Him?’

There’s an old story of the elderly lady who was dying. During her long life, she had memorized many Bible verses, and her favorite was from the Apostle Peter, “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:” (1 Peter 1:8) As she grew older she forgot most of the texts she had learned, but she held onto that one, ““Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:..” ———-Then near the end of her days she forgot the first part of the text and all that she remembered was, “ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not,” and she kept repeating that. And finally, at the end, the only thing she could remember was one word “him” “him” “him” which she kept saying. She’d lost the whole Bible except for one word, but she had the whole Bible in that one word, “Him,” the Lord Jesus Christ.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com 

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