Bible Ballistics: BBs #733 Supplement Or Supplier???
With a heavy heart and a weary body, I would simply like to share a few passages from God’s Word to encourage each of us to “consider your ways”! For God is my source on every hand, how about you?
“I will love thee,
2 The LORD is my rock,
and my fortress,
and my deliverer;
my strength, in whom I will trust;
and the horn of my salvation,
and my high tower.
3 I will call upon the LORD,
who is worthy to be praised:
so shall I be saved
from mine enemies.” Psalm 18:1-3
David rehearses several things about God here, David’s love for God first, and secondly that he, David, has come to rely on God as his strength—and we all need strength! We can take dietary supplements all day, but if we don’t have the “strength of The Lord”, we will find ourselves deficient at the end of the day, and eventually that deficiency will catch up with us no matter how many “supplements” we take. Life is fleeting and when we try to live it without Jesus, we will surely regret it.
David goes on to say that God is his (and he can be mine and yours if we will but seek HIS face and learn to lean on, and listen to, HIM over the world!) “rock…. Fortress…. Deliverer…” and most importantly, “my God”! Who or what is your “God”? Is it self, who sits on the throne of your life, or is it The Lord God Almighty and HIS Son Jesus? Is it fame and fortune, popularity and prestige, control and coercion over others? Is it simply wanting your own way regardless of the cost to yourself and/or others? We could spend all day making a list, but the bottom line is—IS Jesus KING of your life—or are YOU? It can’t be both.
David goes on to remind us that when we have God as our source of strength, we can call upon HIM and HE will deliver! But if we choose to rely on anything else we will regret it; Jesus’ own warning to us gives pause for caution.
“But if thine eye be evil,
thy whole body shall be full of darkness.
If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness,
how great is that darkness!
24 No man can serve two masters:
for either he will hate the one,
and love the other;
or else he will hold to the one,
and despise the other.
Ye cannot serve God
and mammon.” Matthew 6:23-24
And while “mammon” generally refers to “money”, we could put any of the things on our list above in its place. Jesus gave us another principle and waring about the things of this world if we will but heed its truth.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures
and where thieves break through
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures
where neither moth
and where thieves do not break through
21 For where your treasure is,
there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
My heart is heavy over the skewed view of the things of this world of so many in the churches claiming the name of Jesus—yet they seem to be on the throne, and Jesus is relegated to some obscure shelf for use in emergencies only! Where have you set Jesus? Paul tells us clearly that there is a reckoning day for all believers—we will give an account of what we have done with our salvation and the spiritual gifts that God bestows upon HIS own.
“For other foundation
can no man lay
than that is laid,
which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation
13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest:
for the day shall declare it,
because it shall be revealed by fire;
and the fire shall try
every man’s work
of what sort it is.
14 If any man’s work abide
which he hath built thereupon,
he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man’s work
shall be burned,
he shall suffer loss:
but he himself shall be saved;
yet so as by fire.
16 Know ye not
that ye are the temple of God,
and that the Spirit of God
dwelleth in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:11-16
And one final scripture, and a question to ponder, do you belong to Jesus? If so, what does your life testify to—Jesus or the world? I can only answer for myself—but God knows the truth! Do you?
“Nevertheless the foundation of God
having this seal,
The Lord knoweth them
that are his.
And, Let every one
that nameth the name of Christ
depart from iniquity.” 2 Timothy 2:19
May God speak to your heart and mine as we ponder these things, considering, what I believe to be, the imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ! And the thing that grieves me most is that even the “church” isn’t departing from iniquity for they don’t seem to recognize anything as “iniquity” to “depart from”! Will we hear “well done” or watch our fleshly works burn in the fire? It’s your choice but choose wisely there is a test “by fire” (and that’s another whole session)!
Amen and Amen!!!