Reading: Malachi 2, Psalm 37

By Pastor Sherry

No one is Perfect! I’ll say it again no one is Perfect. Everyone is Flawed! I’ll say it again everyone is Flawed. This is the reason we all need someone that is not Flawed and is also Perfect. His name is Jesus! Do you know Him? I mean do you really Know Him??

Friend, I do not know what you are struggling or suffering with. I do want to be absolutely frank with you. This is very serious stuff. Psalm 138, shows us the miraculous way to Salvation. That little prayer you prayed when you were young or when you were at a special church service when the Pastor asked you to pray a prayer of Savation doesn’t mean anything unless you are walking in obedience with Him know. If you think you are walking with Him but you are walking in sin, then wake up! You are not walking with Him. The Lord made it very clear what sins keep us out of heaven and we will be without excuse. Be concerned! 

King David was immersed in emotions from guilt of past sins and deep deep conviction. 2 Corinthians 7:10 says, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to Salvation and leaves no regret, but Worldly sorrow brings death.”

There is a huge difference between Godly sorrow and worldly sorrow. We have been all caught up in worldly sorrow, “ oh I’m sorry.” But there is no change. You are sorry you got caught, with no change the behavior continues over and over. The Lord says, “this brings death.” On the other hand Godly sorrow brings a deep conviction for wrong behavior past or present. It causes deep emotions of distress over what has been done. The Lord has a way , like an arrow that wounds the soul of a person to cause conviction. This is never to be taken lightly. Conviction for sin must sink to the core of our innermost Spirit. We feel the weight of our sin resting on us. As Spurgeon once said, “Conviction of sin is like a piercing and a pressing thing sharp and sore, smarting and crushing.” At this point, a person gets no rest, this weakens are minds and bodies. This is the time to repent (turn 180 degrees) from our sin and call on Jesus. Oil and salve can’t help this soul issue only the blood of Jesus, covering us can save us. 

A person can walk around for years numb, deaf and blind to their sin until their conscience is awakened. Once this happens Godly sorrow sets in, at this point a person is in a wonderful place. It doesn’t feel good but it is in this state one can turn to the Lord and learn of His sacrifice. 

Vs 9 tells us that God sees the longing in our heart, nothing is hidden from Him. He understands the pain but we are the one to make confession to Him. 1 John 1:9 says, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.” We find our forgiveness, our peace and solice in our Lord and turn from our wicked ways and walk life in obedience to Him who saved us. 

This is the road to Salvation, there is no other. I ask you today, take off your bandages and grave clothes and let His blood heal you. It’s the only way. 

Please join me and meditate prayerfully on this song!

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Reading: Malachi Chapter 1

By Melody Keena

Malachi was a prophet with difficult task, telling God’s people that they were sinning even though they did not see it that way.  When God’s people sin it is worse than if they were not believers because it not only breaks God’s law but also breaks His heart. God is our loving Father and it hurts Him when we choose to disobey.  Malachi also felt the burden of the message God gave him to share, just as our pastors do the messages God gives them to preach.

Malachi points out two issues in his first chapter.

Doubting God’s LoveLack of Love for God

This was also the first thing Jesus mentioned when talking to the church at Ephesus in Rev. 2:4-5 4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. 5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. The Jewish people recited the Shema daily "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might" (Deut. 6:4-5, nkjv). But the people doubted that God loved them, so why should they love Him?  What evidence is there of God’s love?  Malachi gives three: God says He loves us, God gives us grace, and God has blessed His people.  Jacob was a deceiver and yet God blessed him so much that it seemed like God “hated” his brother. Now that is grace, unmerited favor.  God blessed His people by saving them from Edom, by bringing them back to their land, and by restoring the things that were lost.  Can you count the ways God has blessed you?

Dishonoring God’s Name (His character and reputation)

  1. The priests were breaking the very laws they were teaching others to obey.  This kind of service is a disgrace. Do we live exemplary lives so others are pointed to Jesus or do what we want?

  2. They were offering unacceptable sacrifices. They gave the leftovers and damaged goods to God.  Do we give Jesus the best of our time, talents, and treasures?  Our offerings to God are an indication of what is in our hearts.  Would you cheat God?

  3. People were making vows to God and then breaking them. Do we promise God something and then try to wiggle out of it?  God wants all or nothing.

Malachi even says at one point that if this is what “religion“ has become it would be better to close up the Lord’s house and stop bringing your offerings at all.  So how serious are we about bringing honor to God’s name?  Do we fear the God of the Angel Armies and desire to bring Him glory?  Is Malachi talking to the church of today and His people?

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Reading: Zechariah 14

By Pastor Alex

"In that day there will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, 'HOLY TO THE LORD.' And the cooking pots in the LORD's house will be like the bowls before the altar. Every cooking pot in Jerusalem and in Judah will be holy to the LORD of hosts; and all who sacrifice will come and take of them and boil in them. And there will no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts in that day."

- Zechariah 14:20-21

At first glance, these two verses that conclude Zechariah's prophetic book may appear to be nothing more than specific and somewhat irrelevant details about temple worship in Israel. Looking more deeply, however, this is a profound statement for us today.

The prophet spoke by the Holy Spirit of a day when every aspect of life and existence would be consumed by the holiness of God. For the people of Israel, there was a very clear delineation between the holy and the commonplace. This all had to do with worship and sacrifice and focused around the physical temple in Jerusalem. Even within the temple, the bowls used on the altar were considered more holy than, for instance, the cooking pots used in the temple kitchen. In this context, Zechariah says, "The pots in the Lord's house shall be like the bowls before the altar." In other words, the things considered less holy will be just as devoted and useful to God as the things considered the center of our worship. Now here is a challenge for us... Imagine a time and a day in which the fellowship meal following the church service was just as holy and worshipful as the service itself! Imagine our conversation at that meal being just as Christ-exalting and other-worldly as the sermon we heard. You can't force that kind of holiness. That requires fully self-surrendered people whose love for God is permeating every part of their lives.

What's this about horses bells? In Israel, horses did not have any role in the worship of God. They were used in war or for general pomp on momentous occasions. But God says that the same inscription for the priests' service will be on the horse bells on that day. Not only that but, "Every cooking pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy the the Lord of hosts." This refers to cooking pots in people's houses which are considered completely common and have no status of "holy." Yet, God says all these things are utterly changed. Holiness is no longer relegated to a specific location and function; those who are self-surrendered to the Lord are holy, and suddenly their daily life becomes holy as well.

When Jesus brings a new heaven and a new earth and brings the fullness of His kingdom to reign, the ordinary and the commonplace will all be swallowed up in the beauty of holiness. Every breath we take will be just as much worship to God as our songs of praise to Him. "They will see His face, and His name will be written on their foreheads" (Rev. 22:4). We ought to hope in this day, but Jesus also said the kingdom of God is at hand. He came proclaiming and bringing God's kingdom already, though not complete. We belong to God and are holy to the Lord, and so is every part of our lives. The kingdom of God is not a location or a function we perform, but it comes to make every aspect of our lives "holy to the LORD."

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