NO MISTAKES

God doesn’t make mistakes.

You and I do.

He doesn’t.

For instance, I once read an article by B. H. Shaddock that said water gets heavier as it gets colder. Scientists would assure us that this is a fixed law, eternally unalterable, if they had not seen ice. Heavy ice would settle to the bottom. Lakes and rivers would freeze solid. Icebergs below the surface would endanger shipping. Animals could not cross streams in winter.

God doesn’t overlook anything.

Rest easy.

We are loved!

THE ROCK CRUSHER

Some years ago the landscapers we hired to do our yard work took small white rocks from our front yard and dumped them into the flower beds in our back yard. Which is what we wanted them to do, but they dumped them on my plants.

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As I was digging the rocks out of my plants and away from their stems, I thought of the rocky places in our lives (like the year 2020). Those plants couldn’t rid themselves of the rocks without my help, so we need help to get through the rocky places in our lives.

Where do you look for help? I hope you look to the Rock Conqueror: The Lord Jesus Christ.
David certainly did. He spent many years in the wilderness hiding from Saul who was trying to kill him. He knew rocks. But, he also knew the Rock who was his God. The Psalms of David are full of descriptions of God as David’s rock.

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold (Psalm 18:2).

For who is God, but the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God (Psalm 18:31)?

The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock,
and exalted be the God of my salvation (Psalm 18:46).

For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock (Psalm 27:5).

To you, O Lord, I call;
my rock, be not deaf to me,
lest, if you be silent to me,
I become like those who go down to the pit (Psalm 28:1).

For you are my rock and my fortress;
and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me (Psalm 31:3).

Paul also referred to Jesus as a rock.

For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3 and all ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ (1 Corinthians 10:1-4).

The small white rocks in my yard could be moved or crushed, but the Rock that David relied upon and the Rock that the Israelites drank from can’t be moved or crushed. He is the rock crusher. He is the conqueror of the rocky patches in our lives.

Take the rocky places in your life to the Rock Crusher.

There are lessons in rocks.

You are loved!

GOD, ARE YOU MOVING?

For we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).

Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory (1 Peter 1:8).

I heard stories and testimonies on the internet of people coming to Christ in the outdoor gathering, especially in the cities. Not only Sean Feucht’s “Let Us Worship”, but others also, and I hope and pray it’s real.

You see, I confess, I struggle with cynicism. I want to believe it is all a work of God, but there is a section of my brain that doesn’t believe anything anyone (anyone I don’t know) says. Everyone lies. We live in a lying culture. I have even heard Christians lie (sighs of grief).

So, I have struggled with this and this is where I have arrived.

First: God is supernatural. God is sovereign. God is good. God is mercy and grace. God brings good out of evil. God hears the prayers of his people.

I believe all of the above (I believe; help my unbelief!” Mark 9:24).

Second: When the Gospel is spoken and Jesus is exalted and proclaimed the only way to heaven I believe God honors that.

Third: Paul said in Philippians 1 that although some men were preaching Christ out of envy and rivalry thinking to inflict him, he didn’t care, as long as Christ was being proclaimed. He rejoiced in that.

So, even if I don’t go along with all of someone’s theology, as long as they are not spreading hearsay, but are proclaiming the Gospel and Christ crucified, buried and risen, I believe the miraculous can happen. Does happen. The biggest miracle of all is a stoney heart turned to flesh so that it loves Jesus and delights in God.

I don’t have to see the miracles to believe. I walk by faith, not sight, but because I have faith, I want to see the miracles.

Fourth: I do believe God is moving in our day. He is always busy doing things, but here and now, through COVID and all the rest, we are seeing God deal with his Church.

I love seeing Christians, mostly young ones, standing together, singing and jumping to the glory of God. They hear the word, sing, and pray and are a light in the darkness.

GOD BLESS THEM! DOUBLE GOD BLESS THEM!

I believe, now more than ever, God would have the church leave the building!

We are loved!

THE CHURCH NEEDS TO LEAVE THE BUILDING!

I am grieved over the state of the church in America. We are complacent and comfortable. We have patted ourselves on the back because during the “pandemic” we finally started to gather again. We are magnanimous in our tolerance of those who wear masks and those who don’t. Our worship is limp and lame. Where is the shouting?

May we shout for joy over your salvation,
and in the name of our God set up our banners!
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions (Psalm 20:5)!

Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart (Psalm 32:11)!

Where is the loud singing?


The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing (Zephaniah 3:17).

God sings loudly over us, so shouldn’t we sing loudly over him?

And the people of Israel who were present at Jerusalem kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with great gladness, and the Levites and the priests praised the Lord day by day, singing with all their might to the Lord (2 Chronicles 30:21).

And, by the way, where is the dancing? Now, I have really lost some of you. But, that was a form of worship in the Old Testament. I guess God like it then …

Let them praise his name with dancing,
making melody to him with tambourine and lyre Psalm 149:3)!


As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, and she despised him in her heart (2 Samuel 6:16).

We know what happened to Michal because she despised David for publically worshipping the Lord. Read 2 Samuel 6.

The church needs to get loud. The church needs to be heard. The church needs to leave the building!

And I need to do all those things!

Despite us, we are loved.

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WHEN PRAYER IS OVERWHELMING

This morning when I set my heart to pray I was overwhelmed with all the things in my world that needed prayer. Some things I had been praying for so long, I groaned at doing it again. Some things seemed so huge and impossible, I groaned at the inconceivability of an answer. Some things so desperate, I groaned in helplessness.

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because[a] the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God (Romans 8:26-27).

But, I was before the Throne of Grace. I was where prayers, no matter how long they have been prayed, no matter how huge and desperate are answered. Overwhelmed, but aware of where I was, I laid it all down at the Throne and asked for God’s will to be done. In humbleness and helplessness is where glory intersects human need.

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In the midst of writing this post, I got word that a specific prayer from yesterday was answered yesterday. So, when I am overwhelmed, it is good to go before the Throne of Grace, where help, grace, and hope are found, and in humbleness and helplessness remember how God has answer prayer upon prayer and if all I can get out is Your will be done Jesus, that is enough.

We are loved!