Roy’s Blog: “That The Blind Might See”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/03/25/roys-blog-that-the-blind-might-see

Exodus 14:13a “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today.”

The crossing of the Red Sea by Israel, with the army of Pharaoh right on their heels, was amazing. “The angel of God who had been going before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them. So it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel; thus the one did not come near the other all night…and the Lord swept the sea back by a strong east wind…and turned the sea into land. The sons of Israel went through on dry land.” After Israel crossed, “The waters returned and covered Pharaoh’s entire army.”

Israel got to experience first hand the miraculous power and wonder of God. Despite insurmountable odds, He delivered them from the mighty hand of Pharaoh. Today, our generation is witnessing the power of God around the world.

Swarms of locusts, earthquakes, fires, novel coronaviruses. Despite all the tragedies going on God is sustaining us. He is giving many 2020 vision, that the blind might see the power of God and turn to Him today.

Roy’s Blog: “God Promises Us”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/03/24/roys-blog-god-promises-us

Hebrews 13:5 “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.”

When you know that promise way down deep in your soul, it will revolutionize your life. When everything else is stripped away, when all the things we are attached to are gone, God is still there saying, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

The only true place for your trust is in Him. Everything else will fade away or let us down. Our tendency is to put our trust in things, what we can touch…see.

If you put your trust in people, they can let you down. Maybe not on purpose, but because they human and fallible and limited in their knowledge. If you put your trust in money, you can see right away how that can let you down. Power? You can lose that in a heartbeat.

The Bible is full of people, just like our generation, who build bigger barns to store stuff. The rich young ruler who went away sad because he had so much, and couldn’t part with it to follow Jesus. Felix and his wife Drusilla and Ananias with his wife Sapphira who cheated because of a desire for things…money, are two other examples. Possessions meant so much to them. We are the same way.

How can I believe in a God I cannot see? Faith. That is where we fail miserably. We try to put our faith/trust in our things because we can see and touch them. Where is the faith in that?

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Step out in faith in God. Abraham, Noah, Job, Daniel…their faith carried them through tremendously difficult circumstances. That faith was not in things or their abilities, but in a holy God.

One lesson from this coronavirus is clear. Don’t put your faith, your trust, in what you have. Trust God and His promise to “never forsake us.”

 

Roy’s Blog: “Seeing Him Who Is Invisible”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/03/23/roys-blog-seeing-him-who-is-invisible

Hebrews 11:27 “By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the King; for he endured, as seeing Him who is invisible.”

“Seeing Him who is invisible.”

Moses saw Him in the burning bush. Daniel saw Him in the lion’s den. Stephen saw Him as he was being stoned to death. Saul (later changed to Paul) saw Him on the road to Damascus. And, on the Isle of Patmos, John saw the Lord.

As terrible as it is, people through the circumstances of the coronavirus are experiencing the personal tough of the Lord. During these crazy days, the Lord is being lifted up in the lives of many. People who haven’t made prayer a priority for years, are praying and lifting the name of Jesus.

Moses endured the wrath of the Pharaoh of Egypt, but through his trials, he was brought into a life changing experience with the Lord. Many are being changed today, through this tragedy. God has said He will bring good out of every circumstance. Give Him praise and glory!

Roy’s Blog: “From Sinking Sands He Lifted Me”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/03/22/roys-blog-from-sinking-sands-he-lifted-me

Psalm 40:2 “He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.”

If there ever was a time we need to be pulled from the mud and mire of chaos we find find ourselves in today, it is right now. David said the Lord “put him on solid ground and steadied his walk.” The Lord gave him hope when there was none. From chaos and fear and hopelessness of the pit, he lifted him.

He alone can lift us from the despair we find ourselves in today. He can put our feet on solid ground, give us hope and a future. Not of the world. Not what the world understands, but a peace that surpasses all understanding.

Hebrews 13:5 “I will never fail you. I will never forsake you.” Once He has lifted us from the sinking sand, He will always be there for us.

Roy’s Blog: “Is This The End?”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/03/21/roys-blog-is-this-the-end

Matthew 24:3 “As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately saying, ‘Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?'”

This is not the end of the world. Is this a sign showing the world is nearing the time of “Jacob’s trouble” and the Rapture of the church? Yes.

This coronavirus (Cov19) is bad. It is disrupting everything around the world, but God is using it for good.

“Joseph said to his brothers, ‘You sold me into Egypt. God sent me before you for good.'” Genesis 45 God is using this for good. We may not realize all the things that will come from this Cov19, but God knows, and that’s enough for me.

John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me.” Everything is going to be okay. God is going to see us through this.

God is going to deliver us! Jesus said “I will come again and receive you unto Myself.” John 14:3

             God is using it for Good.

               It’s is going to be Okay.

                             God is going to Deliver us.

Roy’s Blog: “An Open Letter”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/03/20/roys-blog-an-open-letter

2 Corinthians 3:2-3 “You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ.”

Paul refers to the Christian life as an open letter that everyone is able to read. (Does that scare you? Maybe it should.)

So many are like the man who wrote a letter to his children explaining everything about his life, but his writing was terrible. No one could read it.

As believers, we need to check ourselves. If the message the world reads in our lives is not a clear testimony of what Christ taught, maybe we need to make another trip to the alter.

Paul made it clear that the Christian life will reveal spiritual fruit. The question is what kind of fruit does your life bear?

Paul said believers, “have crucified the flesh…” and we are like, “a written book known and read of all men.” Galatians 5:24

Roy’s Blog: “It’s Spring”

https://bphowlett.wordpress.com/2020/03/19/roys-blog-its-spring

Isaiah 12:3 “Therefore you will joyously draw water from the springs of salvation.”

Spring is such a joyous time. The trees are all leafing out in different shades of green. The grass is awakening to the warmth of spring. Instead of the dead dry gray of fields, they care coming alive with the joyous cry of spring. Flowers are springing up from apparently nothing, bright and beautiful. Gardens are magically appearing, getting ready for a bountiful harvest later.

The squirrels and birds are going crazy with excitement. One bird is, I believe, actually crazy. It keeps trying to get in the back sliding glass door and constantly bombards the truck and car windows. Not once, but multiple times every day for a month at least. It sits on the mirror, poops, then flaps its wings against the window. You can imagine how the vehicles look by the end of the day. I even have video of it’s antics.

The warmth and beauty of spring is magical. As it brings forth new life, it enlivens people as well from the gloom and cold of winter.

But, as wonderful as spring is, without Jesus Christ, you are still living in the dark, dead cold of winter. Thank the Lord for the spring of salvation.