Monday, April 15, 2013

Bless The LORD!!!

As we continue with our latest series “Made To Worship” last week we focused on “Expressive Worship!” Within this topic we discovered the blessing of Psalms 134:2, 3. “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord. The Lord who made heaven and earth bless you from Zion!” We are commanded to bless Him first; then He blesses us. What a wonderful revelation! We don’t have to wait for any special anointing, or unction from God. We are not dependent on the right atmosphere or leading of the Holy Spirit. God simply teaches us “Stand in the sanctuary, lift up your hands, begin blessing Me, and I will do the rest!” 

If only we understood this principle! Using the “Key of David” (Rev. 3:7) is our responsibility. It is our glorious privilege. Think of it! We can stand under the outpoured blessing of the one who created the heavens and the earth and experience that blessing simply by beginning to lift up our hands and bless the Lord!

No wonder David used this key often. Even in the wilderness of Judah when he fled from Saul and was being hunted down as a criminal by the armies of Israel, he used this key of worship: “Because your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your Name!” (Psalms 63:3, 4)

Worshiping the Lord with extended hands is also revealed in the linguistic meaning of the Hebrew verb for praise, yadah, which means to “revere or worship with extended hands” and comes from the root word yad, simply meaning the “open hand.” It is such an amazing realization that we as human beings can literally bless the Lord God Almighty. We have been given that ability by lifting our hands in worship! So let us worship the Lord with our hands lifted high!

- Pastor Reg

Friday, April 5, 2013

The Bible Answer's the Scoffers!

Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hands into his side, I will not believe.” John 20:25

These are the scoffing words of the disciple Thomas when he heard the news from the other disciples that Jesus was alive after His crucifixion. On the same day that Jesus was raised from the dead, He not only appeared to Mary Magdalene outside the garden tomb (John 20:14-17) but to two disciples as they walked from Jerusalem to the city Emmaus (Luke 24:13-31. When the three men sat down to eat together, Jesus blessed the food. After hearing the way He blessed the food, the two disciples instantly recognized it was the Lord—and just as suddenly...he vanished out of their sight.” (vs. 31)

That same evening, Jesus supernaturally traveled through the walls of a house where the eleven disciples were gathered, and miraculously appeared right in front of them. (John 20:19) The disciples at first were terrified and thought they had seen a spirit, but Jesus told them “Behold, my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: touch me and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones as you see me have.” (vs 38, 39) Then Jesus asked them for something to eat and the disciples gave Him a piece of fish and an honeycomb which He ate before them. Jesus then began to point out from scriptures key Old Testament prophecies having to do with Himself . (Luke 24:42-48) He then opened their understanding of the scriptures and explained to His disciples that they should preach repentance in His Name among the nations and be a witness to the things they had seen.

EYES OPENED! Later when the disciples were behind closed doors, Thomas was with them. Jesus came and suddenly appeared before them again. He said to Thomas “….reach your hand and thrust it into my side...and believe.” Now Thomas believed. (John 20:26, 27) There are many infallible proofs of Jesus resurrection mentioned by Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:5-7. Many who ate with him, talked to him, fellowshipped with him. He even helped the disciples to catch fish!

The Day of the Lord is Coming. The scriptures that foretold of Christ’s first coming into the world also forecast the coming of Christ the second time to judge the world and rule the earth. Apostle Peter writes that “scoffers will mock this truth and say, ‘What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again?”’ Do you believe that He is coming again? Have your eyes been open to the scriptures to the reality that Jesus is near to you right now as you go about the activities of your daily life? When it all becomes real to your understanding, you too will worship like Thomas who declared, “My Lord and my God!”

- Pastor Virgil Amundson