Andy Hollifield 5-13-17
Proverbs 25:25 As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; (2) To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; (3) To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
Here’s some more good news: Thy God still reigneth! Salvation is still available because of Christ, peace is still plentiful in Christ, and “whosever will let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17) is still a valid offer from Christ. How is that for GOOD TIDINGS? Sometimes you just need to ditch all the negativity and politics and problems and just focus on the good gifts and blessings of God. The term “good tidings” occurs 11 times in scripture. “Glad tidings” appears 4 times. The angel appearing to the shepherds in Luke 2:10 said “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. (11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” No need to fear because it is still good tidings of great joy and it is still to all people. Isn’t that interesting? Immediately after his birth, he was declared by the angel to be Christ, which means the anointed one. But the angel also said something I had always missed. The angel said the tidings would be to ALL people. The significance of that is that he hadn’t even been rejected by his own people yet. That means that we weren’t secondary or an after thought. The angel declared that it would be good tidings to me and you right after he was born. Contrary to what I have preached and heard preached, he wasn’t made available to me and you because the Jews rejected him, he always was the Savior of the whole world.
Here is some more good tidings for you. God had it planned from before the foundation of the world (1 Peter 1:19). Not only that, but according to Matthew 25:34 Then shall the king say unto them on his right hand, Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. If you read Genesis 1:1-2 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (2) and the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep… Then God got down to business creating everything else. Finally on the sixth day, he made man. That means that the foundation of the world was laid and in place long before he even started the actual creation. There was a time when the earth was without form and void. After that, he began to speak everything into existence. But before he even made man, he had prepared a kingdom for those of us that would accept him. Ain’t that something? That’s just like a father ain’t it; getting the baby’s room ready before it is even created. How’s that for good news? According to John 16:24 Christ even wants our joy to be full. In John 10:10 it says that he wants us to have an abundant life. In Isaiah 55:7 it tells us that the Lord will “abundantly pardon”. Psalms 36:7 and 8 says that those that trust in him shall be “abundantly satisfied” with the fatness of his house. Psalms 86:15 says he is “plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.” Psalms 130:7 says “with him is plenteous redemption.”
2 Corinthians 12:9 says “My grace is sufficient for thee.” Proverbs 3:34 says that “he giveth grace to the lowly.” Romans 5:20 says “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 says “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you;” The word “grace” is used 170 times in the bible and Hebrews 4:16 says “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in the time of need.”
Here is some more good news for you; “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)” Here’s a little more for you; “…I go to prepare a place for you. (3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14:2-3). That’s right! He loved you that much. No sad stories, no history lessons, no politics, or even prayer requests. Nothing at all today but just a little GOOD NEWS FROM A FAR COUNTRY! Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!