It's only a matter of time...



Today’s Reading: Esther 9-10, Acts 7:1-21

Today’s Reflection: Acts 7:17 But when the time of the promise drew nigh, which God had sworn to Abraham, the people grew and multiplied in Egypt,

There are some things we must understand about God’s promises. First, they are sure. 2 Peter 1:19 says, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy…” This word “sure” means to be stable, firm, or trustworthy. In other words, it is set in stone. It is iron-clad. It is unstoppable! It IS going to happen, no matter what! 

God cannot lie. Let that sink into your spirit so deeply that you never doubt God’s Word again, because God’s Word is backed by God’s impeccable, superior, faultless character. We often use the phrase, “You can take it to the bank!” This means God doesn’t write bad checks. They are redeemable by Heaven’s currency at Heaven’s bank, which is always open, and whose currency never deteriorates in value, and whose operation will never go bankrupt! 

God doesn’t pass out “fiat” money. In other words, He doesn’t put out more promises than He can keep. He doesn’t print more paper money than is backed by gold. If there were a “run” on God’s bank, He would not have to shut down and declare a banking holiday just because there wasn’t enough, if everybody made their withdrawals all at once. 

In fact, His promises are so sure, that ALL His people can come to Him constantly, day and night, and we’d never drain His resources. His promises are “as good as gold”, so to speak. No counterfeits with Him. No trickery, no inflation, no thieves, no nothing can either break in or steal His vast wealth and put His supply in jeopardy. TRUST HIM, I SAY!! 

Now, that’s the first thing we need to know about God’s promises. And since that is now well established, the second thing we need to know is that it is only just a matter of time before they occur. In fact, God’s promises are stamped with a maturity date on them. 

Much like if you were to purchase a municipal bond of some sort, it would have a future date upon it with a face value, meaning that upon that date, the bond would be then worth what the face value says it is worth, and can be cashed in at that time. 

Even so, God declares to you YOUR future value even before your maturity date; you need only believe Him, trust Him, obey Him, and follow Him until “the time of the promise” arrives. Amen & Amen!


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Prayers that keep KINGS up at night!



Today’s Reading: Esther 6-8, Acts 6

Today’s Reflection: Esther 6:1 On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king.

When God’s favor is upon you, He will move even the heart of kings on your behalf, if need be! For this king, to him it may have been just another sleepless night, but little did he know how providential his sleeplessness would prove to be. 

You see, God had heard the cries of His people who were fasting and praying during this time for deliverance from pending destruction. Through the sly hand of Haman, this king had already given his seal of approval for the annihilation of the Jews within his kingdom’s entire domain. 

However, before they could even follow through with the plan, God had already made other plans in response to the prayers of His people. 

So, as providence would have it, it was this sleepless night in which the king read of the records of the chronicles, which would shed light on an incident where Mordecai saved his life, and where he in turn began a plan to show Mordecai honor for having done so. 

Fast forward and next thing you know, one thing leads to another, and now the enemy of the Jews, Haman, is being hung on his own gallows and the king is issuing a new order for the Jews to strengthen their hands for self-defense to save their people from wicked Haman’s plot to destroy them. 

And who knew all of this would come out of one king’s sleepless night? This proves that God will stop at nothing in His goodness and power to respond to the desperate cries of His people for help. 

God will make your business, a king’s business, if that’s what it takes. There is nothing going on in the world any more important than God’s dealings and business with His people. Not even the kings of the earth have agendas any more important than God’s people. 

Your prayers are THAT important to God! Are you His child? Have you placed your faith in Christ His son? If so, then you should already know that God knows no limits to pouring out His love and favor upon you in your time of need. 

If He gave us His Son, then what else would He withhold? Absolutely nothing (see Romans 8:32)! So if you feel like your prayers are unimportant to God, think again! Who knows but what God isn’t keeping kings up at night to arrange your deliverance!


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A Jailbreak Gospel...



Today’s Reading: Esther 3-5, Acts 5:22-42

Today’s Reflection: Acts 5:25 Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people.

Get this; the men who put the apostles in prison for preaching Jesus still couldn’t keep up with their whereabouts! They had to be surprisingly informed that the apostles were no longer in the place they last had them bound. 

So it is with the enemies of the Gospel. Try as they may, they just can’t keep God’s messengers pinned down for any length of time. Why, even when Paul the Apostle was bound for much longer periods of time, some of his greatest works were not bound! He wrote over half of the New Testament, much of which was written while he was in prison. 

My point is this; God’s Word will never be bound by men. If God has a word for you to preach, and you are not as yet in that place, He WILL make a way. 

Some even reading this now may feel bound down by circumstances beyond your control. You feel as if your ministry is limited at best, and that should your prevailing circumstances which hold you back be removed, you would reach far more people with the Gospel of Christ. 

If this is you, be not worried. When the time is right, God knows how to make a jail break on your behalf in order to get you past the security guards of your enemy’s gates of iron. Until then, be just as faithful as you can possibly be. 

Maintain your composure as a messenger sent by God, and God will use you even where you are at. No matter how difficult the situation, God will make a way! His message inside of you has a delivery address on it, and no hindrances of men or angels shall keep it from reaching its final destination. 

One day, sooner or later, the word will be brought to your enemy that you are no longer held captive to their powerless jail cell. One day, the enemy will find you in exactly the place where he was attempting to keep you from arriving. 

He knows that if you ever make it there, then he’s in trouble. He knows that the more God’s Word is published, the less ground he will get to keep. He knows that you are dangerous to him when you are free to preach the Gospel of The Lord Jesus Christ. That is why he is fighting you SO hard right now to keep you from reaching your destination. To that I simply say, preach on dear reader, preach on, and you will arrive!


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The King is calling your name!



Today’s Reading: Esther 1-2, Acts 5:1-21

Today’s Reflection: Esther 2:14b …she came in unto the king no more, except the king delighted in her, and that she were called by name.

Oh, to have audience with the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords! Even as this earthly king in our text did not allow others to approach him who had not been called by name, one might wonder what strict protocol God our Creator, King of the Universe, might have before others can approach His throne! 

And here is the truth of the matter, dear reader; you can hear Him calling YOUR name before His presence even now! You might say, “But I don’t hear my name being called!” Ah, but you must. Hear it for yourself, as you read Rev. 22:17 out loud to yourself even now: “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” 

Can you hear it now? Not yet convinced? Then let us consider another in Heb. 4:16, which says, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” 

You see, all who will come to God the Father through Christ the Son, are not only granted access upon request, but actually called, in essence, by name, into His Kingly presence! Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” 

That said, if you will trust Christ as Savior and Lord, then you have a personal “whosoever will” invitation to come before the Father to find grace to help in time of need. Dear friend, He knows you by name; the only question now is, do you know Him? 

The Word also says in Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” This promise is so sure, that you can plug your name into the spot where “whosoever” is, and it will be just as personal as God intended for it to be! 

Do you hear the King calling you to Himself through Christ today? If so, do not turn Him away! It is not often that men are beckoned by name before kings, but this is not just any ordinary king! 

Jesus said in Rev. 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Now we see Him not only call us to Himself, but bringing Himself to us! Can you hear your name now?


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Is Praise and Worship really supposed to be a "Private" matter as some suggest?



Today’s Reading: Nehemiah 12-13, Acts 4:23-37

Today’s Reflection: Nehemiah 12:43 Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off.


“…the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off.” Is there true JOY in your camp? If not, WHY not? For Jerusalem, this was a time of celebration, as the walls of the city were rebuilt! And why wouldn’t they rejoice? That which was previously destroyed, which both defined and defended Jerusalem’s boundaries and culture, was finally restored. 


Sacrifices were once again being reinstated, and worship was once again set in order. It was indeed a time of celebration. And would you look with me at how GOD made them to rejoice with GREAT joy? 

Dear reader, when the people of God live in obedience to God’s Word, there is victory in the camp, and with that victory comes rejoicing and gladness like none other! It would go then without saying that a people who have no joy and gladness are a people who have no victory because they are not living in true obedience to God’s Word. 

Could it be that the reason many (if not most) churches today do not have God-inspired joy resulting in loud rejoicing and gladness is because we’ve lost the victory due to unconfessed and unrepented sin in the camp? 

Oh, I know that some will dare say that worship should be somber and quiet, but that’s not the kind of worship we see in our text; and again I remind you that this worship was inspired by God Himself! 

No, God’s people should not resort to quiet worship when He has made such an open fuss about us! Did not Christ openly shed His blood for thee? As such, did He not openly let the whole world see His love for you as He hang there on Calvary’s cross? 

Would it be too much for Him to ask us to also openly confess Him before men? Would it be too much for Him to expect us to express outwardly and openly what we have devoted to Him personally and inwardly? Indeed, this is but a REASONABLE service! The Bible even says to let the redeemed of The Lord SAY SO! 

I believe this; when we worship Him in spirit AND in truth, that worship will be so public and outward and unashamed that it will be heard afar off…MAYBE even OUTSIDE the church house…ya think? PRAISE God with me today!


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Is YOUR church DIVORCED from it's PURPOSE?



Today’s Reading: Nehemiah 10-11, Acts 4:1-22

Today’s Reflection: Nehemiah 11:16 And Shabbethai and Jozabad, of the chief of the Levites, had the oversight of the outward business of the house of God.

Who has the oversight of the outward business of the house of God at YOUR church? 

For the New Testament believer, we often refer to the “House of God” as the local church, or the local assembly of the believers who meet collectively for worship to our God, for the exhortation (to strongly encourage or urge someone to do something) of the saints, and for the furtherance of the Gospel through the efforts of evangelism and missions (starting other churches). 

I do understand that to be 100% technically accurate, the Temple of the Lord now is US! That’s right…if we are born again, WE are God’s TEMPLE! However, we are not, as individuals, self-contained “churches”, as the word “church” literally means “a gathering of citizens called out from their homes into some public place, an assembly” (according to Strong’s greek dictionary when defining “church” out of Matthew 16:18). 

This means that although we are indwelt by The Holy Spirit, this does not negate our responsibility to gather together as found in Hebrews 10:25. Why? As mentioned above, for exhortation. 

https://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=TheWayOfTheCrossBaptistChurch&loc=en_USExhortation should be used not just to encourage the assembling together, but to go out and oversee the “outward business” of the house of God. When we meet, we should not only praise, but we should plan! We should be able to rally the troops. 

To what end, you ask? That we may “do the work of an evangelist” (see 2 Timothy 4:5). Paul instructed young pastor Timothy to do such! This implies that a pastor’s job is not only to feed the flock, but to lead the flock! His job is not just to comfort the church, but also to charge the church! His job is not just to maintain the saints, but to campaign for sinners! 

Too often, we separate the work of the church (the collective, assembled body of believers) from the work of the evangelist (an individual called to take the Gospel to the lost). However, never in the scriptures are these two ministries to be divorced from one another. 

In fact, they should work together for the common goal of reaching the lost at all costs. That is why a church that is not actively overseeing “the outward business of the house of God” is a dying church. GO TELL!


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Just as gravity cannot be ignored, neither can the Bible be ignored!



Today’s Reading: Nehemiah 8-9, Acts 3

Today’s Reflection: Nehemiah 9:23 Their children also multipliedst thou as the stars of heaven, and broughtest them into the land, concerning which thou hadst promised to their fathers, that they should go in to possess it.

“…concerning which thou hadst promised…” God’s word is ALWAYS good! Whatever He speaks comes to pass. He cannot lie! And THIS is why we simply cannot ignore His word, because His word is law! That is, His word goes. 

When God speaks, whatever needs to line up to fulfill His commands and demands, does. Let there be light…and there was light. Sound familiar? For God to be able to speak to nothingness and command something as sophisticated and brilliant as light to come forth from it, and then for that nothingness to turn into something from which light is produced, is absolutely awesome! 

Now that we have established just how powerful God’s word is, we must make application for our own lives. What does this truth mean for us? Some would dare, believe it or not, to attempt to ignore God’s word, as if they can live, breathe, and die without consequence. 

However, just as one who denies or is ignorant of the laws of physics cannot live without being effected by gravity, neither can one who either denies or is ignorant of God’s word live without being affected by it. 

A law is a law is a law. Think of how dreaded the consequences would be if NASA designed and built the next rocket without any consideration for the laws of physics. It would be disastrous! Even the slightest miscalculation of weighing in the laws of physics would reveal the flaws of the design, for the laws themselves would remind the designers of the rocket that they miscalculated, and must pay the dreaded price for doing so. 

When I was a child, I thought it would be a great idea to jump off of my Dad’s small tool shed. I had it all planned out. I had an old couch cushion on the ground beneath. Looked soft to me! Except there was one slight problem; gravity quickly informed me that I slightly miscalculated the impact it would demand upon landing. 

Needless to say, I barely noticed any cushioning underneath at all when I hit the ground. In fact, to make matters worse, when I landed, I bit my tongue! The lesson I learned? Any law God sets in place needs to be calculated for; best to do so BEFORE the landing!


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Family and Church



Today’s Reading: Nehemiah 4-7, Acts 2:22-47

Today’s Reflection: Nehemiah 4:14b …remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.

In our selected verse, we are coming in right after Nehemiah “set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bow.” In short, each family joined in the reconstruction of the wall of Jerusalem, as well as the protection of the project against threats that were coming in from the enemy. 

Today, I would like to borrow from Nehemiah’s strategy and say that in much the same way, the church also ought to organize, equip, and motivate its families to join in to the effort of not only rebuilding the church, but defending the work. 

We understand that Christ is the one who builds the church, but we also understand that we are Christ’s body; hence, His hands and His feet. That means that He builds the church through us! And the truth is, a healthy church is made up of families surrendered to God’s will for their lives. 

In today’s world, the breakdown of the family is a large contributor to the breakdown of the church. Statistically, strong families have been proven to be the backbone of a stable society. 

Often, the family that was in church together was the family that stayed together, and produced children that later made long and lasting contributions to church, then ultimately society. 

The devil knows that if the family unit can be destroyed, then all of society will be conquered. Why? Because if there’s no stable parent as an authority to teach right from wrong, and to discipline consistently in love and firmness, then children are often left to grow up being instructed by many confusing voices who all work hard to win that child’s mind and allegiance. 

Ultimately, many then become a product of mass confusion as they try to figure things out without a guiding light to help them make the right decisions in life. And I’m here to tell you, there’s a better way! 

This may sound a bit old-fashioned and outdated, but as much as is humanly possible, if we would go back to a Biblically defined family, where mom and dad are married and committed for better and for worse, and where their children are raised together under the same roof, and raised together in church, then the church could grow exponentially, and as a result, society could be saved!


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