Sunday, August 7, 2022

When We Compare Ourselves With Others

Paul warned about using others as a measuring stick for self-worth. “When they measure themselves by themselves, and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding. (2 Cor. 10:12)

When the men went into Canaan to spy the land, they compared themselves with the giants living there. They said, "All the people whom we saw in it are men of great size…and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight" (Numbers 13:32, 33). The way you see yourself determines how you believe others view you. The spies saw themselves as grasshoppers (“in our own sight”) and believed their enemies also saw them that way (“so we were in their sight”).

When We Compare with Others:

1. We become either proud or discouraged—and neither attitude is from God. We compare our physical appearance, intelligence, and success hoping we’ll find ourselves better than average. Of course, it all depends on the people we’re comparing with. We’ll swell with pride if we view ourselves more important, or get depressed and feel like a failure if we don’t measure up. Both are destructive attitudes.

2. We fail to recognize God created everyone unique. Although we all have equal value, God has given everyone different appearances, abilities, intelligences and personalities. He made “each according to his own ability” (Matt. 25:15). The Lord made everyone unique because we have different purposes to fulfill.

3. We tell God we aren’t happy with how He made us. “The thing molded will not say to the molder, ‘Why did you make me like this’ will it?” (Rom. 9:20). You must accept the fact that God made you and be thankful for it. David said, “I give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…and my soul knows it very well” (Psalm 139:14). When you can say that, you’ll stop comparing yourself.  www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  www.makinglifecount.net

BIBLE PROPHECY: The Beast with 7 Heads and 10 Horns

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Sunday, July 31, 2022

Burned-Out Light Bulbs & Burned-Out Christians

The following comes from Amazing Stories & Daily Devotionals.

 A burned-out light bulb won’t produce any light, no matter how much you polish it on the outside. A burned-out Christian doesn’t produce any light either. Burnout is a modern-day term for “growing weary.” Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.”

It’s easy to quit. All we have to do is keep giving out until the tank is empty. We go from giving out to giving up. Burnout occurs when we give out more than we take in. Cars that aren’t refueled will run out of gas. Wells that aren’t replenished will run dry. Batteries that aren’t recharged will have no power. A Christian who isn’t refueled, replenished, and recharged will burn out.

Constantly giving out to others will eventually bring you to the point of exhaustion. You’re sapped of strength. Your motivation to continue is gone. You can’t stand the thought of one more obligation, so you resign. It happens every day in jobs, marriages, and churches.

First Peter 4:11 says, “Whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies. Paul said,I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13). Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:16). If they only see a pile of ashes because you’ve burned yourself out, people will say, “If that’s what I’m supposed to be, I don’t want to be a follower of Christ.”

But when you’re energized and filled with joy, your light will shine and everyone will say, “I want what that person has.” That’s what draws people to the Lord. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  

BIBLE STUDY: Did Any Prophets Come Out of Galilee?

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Sunday, July 24, 2022

Every Mystery Will Be Explained

The following comes from Amazing Stories & Daily Devotionals.

Have you ever watched a magician levitating a person? You know it’s a trick, but you can’t figure out how it’s done. You think, That’s impossible. He’s defying the law of gravity! But suppose the magician were to reveal to you the secret to his trick. After he explained how he did it, it would no longer be a mystery to you. You would say, “Okay, now I understand.

We usually start doubting God when something bad happens and we don’t understand why. We will have many unanswered questions in this life because God doesn’t always let us in on what He’s doing. Deuteronomy 29:29 says, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us.” The secret things are those mysteries and unanswered questions that we’ll never understand in this life. The things revealed are the things that God has explained in His Word.

Although the Lord won’t answer your every question during your lifetime, He promises to answer every one of them when you stand before Him. Paul said, “For now (in this life) we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face (when we stand before Him). Now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.” (1 Cor. 13:12). In the next life God will explain every “secret thing” to us and it will no longer be a mystery. Then we’ll say, “Okay, now I understand.

Until that day comes, God wants us to place our complete trust in Him. He knows the answers to every question that baffles us. He doesn’t do magic tricks but promises to turn the bad things that happen around for good to those who love Him (Romans 8:28). But remember—with our limited knowledge, we won’t be able to figure out how He does it. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com 

BIBLE STUDY: How Will God Resurrect People Out of Dirt?

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Sunday, July 17, 2022

And Then the Lights Went Out

The following comes from Amazing Stories & Daily Devotionals.

A circus act with Bengal tigers was performed before a live television audience one evening. The tiger trainer went into the cage with several tigers to do the usual performance. The spotlights highlighted the cage and the audience watched in suspense as the trainer took the tigers through their routine.

In the middle of the performance, something happened they hadn’t planned for. The power went out! In total darkness, the trainer was locked in with the tigers. Bengal tigers have nocturnal vision, which means they could see him, but he could not see them. A whip and a small kitchen chair offered little protection under those circumstances. Thirty seconds later, the lights came on and he calmly finished the performance.

In an interview afterward, the trainer was asked if he was afraid knowing the tigers could see him when he couldn’t see them. He admitted to being afraid, but then realized the tigers didn’t know that he couldn’t see them. He said, “I just kept cracking my whip and talking to them until the lights came on. They never knew that I couldn’t see them.”

When Daniel was thrown into the lions’ den, he knew the lions could see him, but he wasn’t afraid because He trusted God to protect him. He said, “My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths and they have not harmed me” (Dan. 6:22).

Are you in the dark surrounded by lions? Be like Daniel and put your trust in God. David wrote, “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You” (Psalm 56:3). Trusting God forces out all fear. Oswald Chambers said, “When you fear God, you fear nothing else. If you don’t fear God, you fear everything else.” Confidently tell yourself, “The Lord is with me. I will not be afraid” (Ps. 118:6).  www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com 

BIBLE STUDY: Why do the gospels seem to contradict each other?

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Sunday, July 10, 2022

Seeing Only What We Want to See

The following comes from Amazing Stories & Daily Devotionals.

Tony Whittaker wrote about how a thirty-second film shows six people playing basketball, three in white shirts and three in black. Volunteers were asked to count how many times the white shirt team passed the ball. At the end of the film, they were asked if they saw anything unusual. Most didn’t.

The unusual thing was found halfway through the film. A man wearing a gorilla suit walked through the players, beat his chest to the camera, and then walked off. When shown the film again, people were shocked to see the gorilla. Some believed a different film was substituted for the original one.

Whittaker says, “This film trick illustrates a simple fact that if we are only looking for one thing, we do not usually see anything different.”

Jesus encountered a man with a withered hand. “So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him” (Mark 3:2). The Pharisees were only looking for one thing—to catch Him breaking the Law.

As they watched, Jesus healed the man’s hand, but they missed seeing the miracle. Instead of worshiping Him, they plotted to kill Him. They couldn’t see that He was the Messiah. It was as obvious as the gorilla beating his chest in the midst of the basketball players.

Some people only see what they want to see and miss what they need to see. John Piper said, “God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them.” Don’t miss seeing what God is doing in your situation. You need to see it.  www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com 

 BIBLE STUDY:  Why did God say to not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk?

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Sunday, July 3, 2022

The Turtle on the Fence Post

The late Alex Haley, author of the bestselling novel Roots, had a unique picture on his office wall of a turtle sitting on top of a fence post. Whenever someone asked about it, Haley would say, "If you see a turtle on a fence post, you know that he had some help. Any time I start thinking, 'Wow, isn't this marvelous what I've done?' I look at that picture and remember how this turtle, me, got up on that post."

Imagine a full-size turtle on the top of a five-foot fencepost, the shell of its belly resting on the post, and its legs flailing helplessly in the air but not moving an inch. You don't know how it got up there, but you do know someone had to pick it up and place it there. Likewise, we can't receive a promotion unless the hand of God puts us there.  

Psalm 75:6-7 says, "For not from the east, nor the west, nor from the desert comes exaltation; but God is the Judge; He puts down one and exalts another." That means we shouldn't be envious of those who have received a promotion, or be the least bit upset if we've been passed over for one. Advancing to a higher position is ultimately in God's hands.

But there’s another lesson to be learned from the turtle on the fence post. It takes a hand to get the turtle safely down from the fence post as well. God will purposely place us in lower positions to teach us valuable lessons that we need to know about humility and obedience. Joseph spent thirteen years in low positions before God promoted him to being prime minister of Egypt.

Learn to be happy serving God wherever He has placed you—whether it’s a high position or a lowly one. After all, the turtle is probably happier on the ground. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com 

BIBLE STUDY:  Was Jonah a false prophet since his prophecy didn’t come to pass?

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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Connecting the Dots

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Understanding God’s sovereignty is like playing the connect the dots game. At the beginning, the paper looks like random dots scattered on the page. But one dot leads to another dot, then to another dot, then to another. Every time there’s a change in your life, the pencil moves to the next dot. After you’ve connected all the dots, you can look back and see how God caused them to all fit together.

A pastor of a large church told a story about one of his church members when she was a senior in college. A friend of hers was in her math class, and God spoke to her about inviting him to her church. She didn’t do it. Several weeks passed, and every time she saw him God said, “Invite him to church.” During the last week of school, she finally invited him. They both graduated and went their separate ways. She never saw him at church, but at least she obeyed God.

Two years later, she met a man at church, which led to them marrying. One day as they were leaving church, she saw the man from her college class wearing an usher badge at the back of the auditorium. She went up to him and said, “I can’t believe accepted my invitation and you’re an usher!” Then her husband gave him a hug and asked, “How are you doing?” She was puzzled because they talked with each other like they were old friends.

She asked her husband, “How do you know him?” 
He replied, “He’s the guy who invited me to this church.” 

Inviting her classmate to the church also connected the dot to meet her future husband! God sees the big picture of your life and knows how to make all the dots connect together. Ephesians 1:11 says “God works all things after the counsel of His will.”

When you hear God speak to your heart, don’t dismiss it. You never know what that dot will lead you to. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com 

BIBLE STUDY:  Should the Nag Hammadi Gnostic Gospels be included in the Bible?

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Sunday, June 19, 2022

Thrown Into Hell for Wearing the Wrong Clothes?

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When I was a boy, my friends and I were playing outside of a Catholic church where they just had a wedding. Someone at the reception asked us if we wanted some wedding cake and invited us in. We walked into the church, dirty and barefooted, and ate the wedding cake that was meant to honor a married couple we didn’t even know.

Jesus told a parable about a king who gave a wedding feast to honor his son. In those days, the king would send out two invitations. The first was to inform the guests they were invited to the feast. The second was to let the invited guests know the feast was ready and it was time to come. Even though they were all invited, some were unwilling, while others simply ignored the invitation (Matt. 22:1-4).

Because they refused, the king decided to invite everyone to come. The slaves went out and invited, “both good and evil,” and the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests (22:9-10). This was unheard of—that a king would invite strangers and evil people to such a special event.

The king provided a wedding garment for each invited guest to honor his son. All they had to do was wear it. The king looked over the dinner guests and saw a man who was not dressed in wedding clothes. When asked why he didn’t put on the wedding garment, the man was speechless. Then the king told the slaves to “throw him into outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (22:11-13). The wedding garment represents the robe of righteousness (Isa. 61:10), but this man refused to wear it.

My friends and I ate the wedding cake, but we didn’t care about honoring the people who got married. This man wanted to eat the food at the banquet, but didn’t care about honoring the king’s son. The point? No one gets into heaven without putting on God's gift of His righteousness.

God is inviting you to spend eternity with Him, but you must accept the invitation and receive the robe of righteousness.  Honoring Jesus comes first, and then we’ll enjoy the wedding feast in heaven. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com 

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Sunday, June 12, 2022

Humility Month

I’m declaring this “Humility Month” in honor of the God who gives grace to all those who humble themselves. “Clothe yourselves with humility, for God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5). 
As C.S. Lewis said, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.”

Pride can slither into our lives without our knowing about it, making us think we are somehow superior to others. We might gloat about our personal appearance, high IQ, or a university degree. Maybe a job makes us feel more important than others.

What about fame? That can be a fertilizer that makes an ego grow. How about abilities? You’re an elite athlete who wows the crowd. Your voice? Your singing brings standing ovations. I could go on, but you get the idea.

Of course, outstanding abilities and achievements can be a very good thing. The problem arises when we take credit for something God gave us. Paul wrote the arrogant Corinthians and asked, “Who says you are better than others? What do you have that was not given to you? And if it was given to you, why do you brag as if you did not receive it as a gift?” (1 Cor. 4:7).

Do you understand that every good thing you have has been given to you by God? (James 1:17) “No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven” (John 3:27).

High IQ? You got it from God. 

Beautiful face? The Lord made you.

Perfect voice? God created your vocal cords. We have no right to brag about anything.

When we exalt ourselves, we can’t help but think we’re better than others. Only by looking through God’s eyes will we understand that everyone is valuable, but no one is more valuable than anyone else. The homeless person who lives in a cardboard box is just as valuable in God’s eyes as the most admired movie star living in a mansion.

So how do we get rid of pride in our lives? First Peter 5:6 says, “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God.” First realize God’s hand is bigger and more powerful than ours. And then realize the only one who can humble yourself is “yourself.” www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com 

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Sunday, June 5, 2022

No One Told Him the War Was Over

Onoda Hiroo was a Japanese intelligence officer who fought in World War II. He was sent to Lubang Island in the Philippines and was ordered under no circumstances was he to surrender or take his own life. 

Less than a year later, Japan officially surrendered to the Allies on September 2, 1945, which ended World War II. However, since no one informed Hiroo the war had ended, he spent the next 29 years hiding in the jungles and believing the world was still at war.  

Planes dropped leaflets on the island announcing the war had ended, but Hiroo believed the papers were propaganda trying to fool him into surrendering. He would continue to fulfill his mission unless he received orders from a superior officer relieving him of his duty. 

Years later, upon learning Hiroo was still in the jungles, the Japanese government located Onoda's former commanding officer, Major Yoshimi Taniguchi, who had been working as a bookseller. They asked him to go to the Philippines, find Hiroo, and inform him the war had ended. Taniguchi travelled from Japan to the island in 1974 and formally relieved Hiroo from duty by order of Emperor Showa. 

Jesus has commissioned His followers to go into all the world and let them know He died for their sins and rose from the dead. Now anyone can be on the winning side for all eternity, if they will surrender their lives to Him. But how will they ever know if no one tells them?

Paul wrote: “Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved. But before people can ask the Lord for help, they must believe in him; and before they can believe in him, they must hear about him; and for them to hear about the Lord, someone must tell them (Romans 10:13-14 NCV).

Don’t assume everyone knows how to get to heaven. They won’t know unless you tell them.   www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com 

 BIBLE STUDY: Answering the supposed mistakes in the Bible

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Sunday, May 29, 2022

In Search of the Greener Grass

Abram’s and Lot’s herdsmen argued because their herds became too large and the land could no longer sustain them. Abram told Lot, “I don’t want strife between us, so I’ll give you the first choice of the land for your flocks and herds.” Lot chose the green valley of Sodom because it would be a good place for his livestock. But the greener grass wasn’t as nice as it seemed. The people living there were evil, and Abram later had to come rescue him (Gen. 13:7-13).   

 

The “greener grass syndrome” tells you that you can’t be happy where you are right now. You need to go somewhere else. Do something else. Be with someone else. The life you’re living is terrible. Everyone else has a better life. If you could just get a little more, you’d be happy too.   

 

But it doesn’t matter how much you’ve accumulated if you can’t enjoy what you have. “God gives some people wealth, possessions and honor, so that they lack nothing their hearts desire, but God does not grant them the ability to enjoy them” Eccl. 6:2 (NIV). If you don’t have the God-given ability to enjoy life, you’ll never by happy no matter where you go or what you get.  

 

But there really is green grass available to be found. It’s located in Psalm 23:1-2. “The Lord is my shepherd . . . He makes me lie down in green pastures.” Notice it doesn’t say He makes us run all over the world searching for green pastures. When we follow the Shepherd, He makes us lie down in it. That’s a restful, relaxed spirit.

 

The grass is always greenest in the center of God’s will. Discontentment always points us to a place where God isn’t leading, but contentment is always happy wherever He leads. That’s where you’ll be the most satisfied and fulfilled, and where you’ll be most pleasing to the Lord. But you’ll never find the greener grass unless you follow the Shepherd.  www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com   


I LOVE THIS SONG: The New 23rd Psalm  

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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Open and Closed Doors


One of the ways God guides us is through open and closed doors. God has the ability to open doors that no one can shut, and shut doors that no one can open (Rev. 3:7). An open door is when an opportunity opens up for us, such as being offered a better job. He can also prevent us from making a wrong decision by keeping the door closed. When God opens a door it’s for our advantage, and when He closes a door it’s for our protection.

Just because a door is closed doesn’t meant that it’s not God’s will. Sometimes the Lord wants to develop our faith by having us knock on the door until it opens. Jesus told a parable about a man who went to a friend’s house at midnight and knocked on his door, asking for bread (Luke 11:5-8). 

His neighbor denied his request and wanted him to go away. But the man kept pounding on the door, knowing his friend wouldn’t get any sleep until he opened it and gave him some bread. Jesus said, “I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs” (Luke 11:8).

And just because a door is open doesn’t mean that it is God’s will to walk through it. Sometimes an opportunity looks too good to pass up, but the open door will actually hurt us if we go down that road. So how do we know which open door to go through? By asking God for wisdom and discernment. The Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth, which includes choosing the right doors (John 16:13). www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com 

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

A Plane Without a Pilot

This week Darren Harrison was a passenger on a Cessna 208 Caravan when the pilot had a medical emergency and was incapable of flying the plane. Harrison, who had no experience flying and was the only passenger, was suddenly promoted to pilot, which meant he had to land the plane

He radioed the airport traffic control tower and said, “My pilot has gone incoherent. I have no idea how to fly the airplane.” When the air traffic controller asked his position, Harrison said, “I don’t know. I have the coast of Florida in front of me.”

The controller told him to keep the wings level and follow the coast while they attempted to locate him on the radar. They eventually located him off the coast of Boca Raton. One of the air traffic controllers was also a flight instructor and guided him one step at a time to a safe landing at Palm Beach International Airport. An aviation expert said it was the first time he had heard of someone with no flying experience landing a plane as complicated as a Cessna Caravan. “[Harrison] followed instructions with great calm. That’s what made the difference.”

How would you feel if you were forced to land a plane? When God told Abram to leave his country and go to a foreign country (Gen 12:1), he must have felt like a passenger being forced to fly a plane. Abram “went out not knowing where he was going” (Heb. 11:8), and only God could guide him to where he would “land.” When he arrived in the Promised Land, God told him, “To your descendants I will give this land” (Gen. 12:7).

The time will come when you will be forced to make an uncomfortable change. Don’t panic. Just as an air traffic controller guided the passenger on how to land the plane, God will guide you to where He wants you to land and how to get there. Trust the control tower.  www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com 

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Arguing With a Fool

King Solomon wrote many proverbs about fools living at his time, and there’s certainly no shortage of fools living today. Arguing with a fool is like wrestling with a pig. You’ll both get dirty and the pig enjoys the mud.

Proverbs 26:4-5 gives two options on how to respond to a fool. Verse 4 says, “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him. But verse 5 says, “Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes. These two verses are not a contradiction, but two different methods of handling a fool’s question.

Notice the word “lest” in both verses. Lest means “to keep from” or “something done to avoid a consequence.” In verse 4 it says DO NOT ANSWER him. Why? To keep you from becoming like him. The fool loves to argue and has no interest in listening to you or learning anything. “Fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Prov. 1:7). If you keep trying to argue with him, you’ll lower yourself to his level and wallow in the mud, like wrestling with a pig.

In verse 5 it says DO ANSWER him. Why? To keep him from thinking he’s always right. The fool is smug and assumes your silence means his opinion is correct. “A fool is right in his own eyes” (Prov. 12:15). Wisdom is knowing when to keep silent and when to speak. 

We see Jesus following Proverbs 26:4-5 when He was brought before Pilate. Jesus told Pilate that His kingdom was not of this world and He came to bear witness to the truth (John18:33-37). Then Pilate asked, “Where are you from?” Jesus DID NOT ANSWER him (John 19:9)

Then Pilate tried to intimidate Jesus by arguing, “Do you not know that I have authority to release you, and I have authority to crucify you?” This time Jesus DID ANSWER him by informing him about God’s sovereignty. He said, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above” (John 19:10-11). At this point, Pilate could have repented, but he didn’t. 

After saying this, Jesus NEVER SAID ANYTHING TO HIM AGAIN. 

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO DEAL WITH A FOOL?  In most cases, you are wise to not engage with a fool. However, in some instances, you can try to give him a bit of truthful information like Jesus did to Pilate. If the fool doesn’t accept the information, there’s no need to keep talking.

Don’t argue with a fool because you can’t change a mind that doesn’t want to be changed. A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still. You’ll enjoy peace of mind if you’ll spend your time fellowshipping with wise people (Prov. 13:20). www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com 

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Sunday, April 24, 2022

The Handwriting on the Wall

We were on vacation when I pulled into a gas station to refuel. I noticed Eddie’s restaurant next door and thought our family might eat lunch there. After filling the car, I walked into the restroom. Someone had written a message on the wall: “Eat at Eddie’s. 50,000 flies can’t be wrong.” 
We decided to eat somewhere else.

King Belshazzar of Babylon also read a message written on the wall, but it wasn’t about flies. The king held a feast for a thousand guests, and commanded his servants to bring out the gold and silver vessels which had been taken from the temple in Jerusalem. The king and his guests drank wine from them and praised the gods of gold and silver.

Suddenly, a man’s hand appeared and wrote a message on the wall: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. The king’s knees knocked together and his loins loosened, which means he probably went to the bathroom in his pants

The prophet Daniel was brought before the king and interpreted the message which told him God had taken away Belshazzar’s kingdom and had given it to the Medes and Persians (Daniel 5:1-31).

Babylon seemed invincible because it was protected by impenetrable walls and locked gates. Cyrus the Great of Persia knew the only way to defeat Babylon was to drain the Euphrates River, which flowed through the city. Historians tell us Cyrus dug a new channel up river and diverted the waters of the Euphrates into it, causing the riverbed to run dry. The Persian army entered into the city through the dry riverbed. The gates in the walls that lined the Euphrates were left unbolted, allowing them to enter the palace, and they killed Belshazzar that very night. Isaiah prophesied this 175 years earlier and even called Cyrus by name (Isa. 45:1-4).

The great kingdom of Babylon was conquered because the king mocked the God of Israel. There comes a time when God says, “I’ve had enough of this!” The handwriting is still on the wall, which says, “No one gets away with mocking God” (Gal. 6:7).  www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com 

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Sunday, April 17, 2022

When Caterpillars Become Butterflies

Two caterpillars were crawling across a hot sidewalk when a butterfly flew over them. One caterpillar told the other, “I wouldn’t get up in that thing for a million dollars.”  It’s hard for a caterpillar to imagine that it will one day become a butterfly. 

The caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a butterfly is picture of the resurrection body. When Jesus’ beaten, dead body was placed in the tomb, three days later it came back to life and was transformed into a glorious, powerful resurrection body. It was the same body because the holes were still in His hands.

Jesus was the first to receive a resurrection body, and every believer in Him will also receive one. Our bodies will be transformed from our current “caterpillar” form into our future “butterfly” status. John tells us, “Now we are children of God, and we have not yet been shown what we will be in the future. But we know that when Christ comes again, we will be like Him” (1 John 3:2).

Our resurrection bodies will literally radiate brightness, just like Jesus after He was glorified (Rev. 1:14,16). “The righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father” (Matt. 13:43). Our resurrection bodies will have supernatural abilities (1 Cor. 15::40-43), and we’ll never get tired or need sleep. God will expand our knowledge so we’ll understand concepts that are impossible to grasp with our present knowledge (1 Cor. 13:12).

Why will it be necessary to have supernatural strength and knowledge? It’s because we will be serving God throughout eternity (Rev. 22:3). Those eternal assignments will require us to be advanced in every way. We won’t know what our duties will be until we get there. Until that day comes, be faithful in serving the Lord here on earth. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com 

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Sunday, April 10, 2022

Why Did Jesus Ask for Two Donkeys?

Jesus told two of His disciples, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me” (Matt. 21:2). Wait a minute. Why did Jesus need two donkeys? He intended to ride the young colt into Jerusalem. The colt had never been ridden on (Luke 19:30), and the mother donkey would come along to keep her offspring calm.

When He rode into Jerusalem, it was to announce He was their long-awaited Messiah and to fulfill a prophecy given 500 years earlier: “Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey—riding on a donkey’s colt” (Zech. 9:9).

Jesus rode on the young colt, and the mother donkey may have walked next to them. He didn’t come riding on a white horse, like a king coming to conquer. To signify He was coming in peace, the Prince of Peace humbly rode on a small donkey. That would be like the President of the United States riding on a tricycle in his Inaugural Parade.

The multitudes spread garments and palm branches on the road, while crying out, “Hosanna . . . Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” (Matt. 21:9). Jesus was their King, but He explained, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). He wasn’t going to overthrow Rome and sit on an earthly throne, but would be dying for the sins of the world.

In a few days, the same crowd that cried “Hosanna!” (which means “Save now!”) would be yelling “Crucify Him!” The next time He comes, He won’t ride on a donkey. He will be on a white horse to judge the world (Rev. 19:11).

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