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A Sign From Heaven

September 1, 2014

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A Sign  From Heaven

We know how it is.     We always want  “a sign  from heaven”.     We want  to know for sure  that God really loves us  —  so we want  to see Him heal us,  provide a good job  to care for our needs,  bless us  with success  —  and all sorts  of things  like that.     Those are the kinds  of things  people imagine  “prove”  God’s love  —  and existence.     People also imagine  that they have been good enough  to have earned  these sorts  of rewards  in life.

People have not changed  since the beginning  of time.     We’re still  just as testy  as people were  in the beginning.      Because  of their sheer unbelief,  the Pharisees and Sadducees  belligerently wanted  to test Jesus  and have Him “prove”  that He really was  the promised Savior.     Matthew 16:1-4 reads,

The Pharisees  and Sadducees came up,  and testing Jesus,  they asked Him  to show them  a sign  from heaven.     But He replied  to them,  “When it is evening,  you say, ‘It will be fair weather,  for the sky  is red.’     And in the morning,  ‘There will be a storm today,  for the sky  is red  and threatening.’     Do you know how  to discern  the appearance  of the sky,  but cannot discern  the signs  of the times?

“An evil  and adulterous generation  seeks after a sign;  and a sign  will not be given it,  except  the sign  of Jonah.”     And He left them  and went away.

We should not dare  to be a part of  “an evil  and adulterous generation”  that  “seeks after a sign.     Their unbelief  made them “evil”.     Their hypocrisy made them  “adulterous”.     They pretended  to love  and serve the LORD,  but in reality  did not trust  the words  of God.     Instead,  they trusted  in their own supposed righteousness  and felt  they were perfectly capable  of working their way  to heaven.     They knew how  to predict  the weather,  but they did not know how  to  “discern  the signs  of the times”.

So,  what were  “the signs  of the times”?      Those religious leaders  should have been able  to discern  that all the miracles  Jesus had already performed  were proof  that He was the Savior.     Jesus’ ability  to strongly preach  the truths  of God  were proof  —  a sign  from heaven.     The evidence  of Jesus’ perfectly righteous life  was a strong “sign  from heaven”.     No one else  was able  to live  as Godly  of a life  as Jesus did.     So,  there were plenty  of  “signs”  for the people  to take  into consideration.

And  Jesus’ true followers  did take  all those  “signs”  into consideration.     They didn’t quite understand  how everything fit together,  but they were sure that Jesus was sent  from God  to lead them  and be their teacher  in God’s ways.

Since the  “evil  and adulterous”  people would not accept  all the “signs” already given,  they would only have  “the sign  of Jonah”,  which Jesus explains in Matthew 12:40,

“for as Jonah was  in the belly  of the great fish  for three days  and three nights,  so will the Son  of Man  be in the heart  of the earth  for three days  and three nights.”

What a “sign”!     And they still did not believe.     We need  to look  at all the “signs”  —  the Old Testament prophecies  of the Savior  —  and see how they were fulfilled  in Christ Jesus.     Then,  we’ll say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You for faithfully keeping  all Your promises  —  Your signs  that we may rest assured.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

A 2.67 year old says  I Pledge Allegiance

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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My Ways

August 31, 2014

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My Ways

There is so much  we don’t understand  in our lives.     When we’re having  a rough time,  one might imagine  that the LORD  is rejecting  our prayers  and doesn’t care  about our needs.     Then people  don’t want  to turn back  to the LORD,  because they don’t want  to face rejection or the judgment  they know they deserve.     But,  God doesn’t look at things  the way we do.

We are all sinners  and cannot escape  our temptations and trials.     God knows all about that  even better than we do.     God will never condone sin  — but,  nevertheless,  He still tells us all  in Isaiah 55:6-9,

Seek the LORD  while He may be found;
Call upon Him  while He is near. 

Let the wicked forsake  his way
And the unrighteous man  His thoughts;
And let him return  to the LORD,
And He will have compassion  on him,
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.   

“For My thoughts  are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways  My ways,”  declares the LORD.
“For as the heavens  are higher  than the earth,
So are My ways  higher than your ways
And My thoughts  than your thoughts.”

When we feel rejected  by our LORD,  we are to  “Seek the LORD  while He may be found.”     God is greatly wanting us  to turn back  to Him.     Running away  from God  —  stopping our prayers  —  not asking for forgiveness  —  not studying God’s word  —  are all the wrong way  to be.     Such hopelessness  is wrong  because it is not recognizing God  for who He is.     He created us  —  and He has redeemed us  in Christ Jesus.     How can anyone claim  that God doesn’t care?     We don’t know how  to be that loving  —  nor do we  have the power  to love that deeply.

Since God Almighty  has already invited us  to return  to Him,  we should take Him up  on such a gracious invitation.     People tend  to be vengeful  and unforgiving.     But, God  is wanting to  “abundantly pardon”.     God wants  to have  “compassion”  on us.     All we need  to do is turn  to Him  in prayer.

If we are doubtful  and distrustful,  God gently reminds us,  “For My thoughts  are not your thoughts,  nor are your ways My ways.”       If people are imagining  they must first do  so many good works,  God intently repeats,  “For as the heavens  are higher  than the earth,  so are My ways higher  than your ways  and My thoughts  than your thoughts.”      God is so much better  than any human can possibly imagine.

Just because people  are untrustworthy,  spiteful,  and vengeful,  is no reason to think  God is the same.     Because God made all  of us  and redeemed us,  we need  to think  on that  and realize the difference between God’s thoughts and ways  —  and mankind’s thoughts and ways.     Seeing God’s love  for us  in Christ Jesus,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your thoughts  and Your ways  with us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

A 2.67 year old says  I Pledge Allegiance

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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The Promises of God

August 30, 2014

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The Promises  of God

God’s word  to us  in the Bible  is filled  with  “promises”.     Many of these  “promises”  are about  our Savior  and what salvation means  for God’s children  —  those who have faith  in Jesus.     But,  there are also many  “promises”  of God’s eternal judgment  of unbelievers.     Many choose  to forget about  “promises”  of judgment.     Nevertheless,  we all need  to take both kinds  of “promises”  very seriously,  because God surely keeps all  of His  “promises”.

When Paul wanted  to reassure  the Corinthian Christians  about the surety  of all  of God’s promises  to them,  he wrote  in 2 Corinthians 1:18-20,

But as God is faithful,  our word  to you  is not  yes and no.     For the Son  of God,  Christ Jesus,  who was preached among you  by us  —  by me  and Silvanus  and Timothy  —  was not yes  and no,  but is yes  in Him.

For as many  as are  the promises  of Godin Him  they are yes;  therefore also  through Him  is our Amen  to the glory  of God  through us.

When Paul,  Silvanus,  and Timothy preached,  they never said  that God’s promises  might sometimes  be trusted,  and at other times  might not  be valid,  and at other times  might be true  if a person worked hard enough  to earn  God’s approval.     The preaching  of the true gospel  is never wishy-washy  —  or an “iffy” thing.     Rather,  “God is faithful”  in absolutely everything  He says.     God’s word  is totally trustworthy.

That is why Paul wrote,  “through Him  is our Amen  to the glory  of God”.     It is because  of Jesus  that we can be assured  of God’s grace,  forgiveness,  and love.     We can know  that whatever God allows  in our lives  will be for our good  in the end.     It is a trustworthy statement in Romans 8:28,

We know  that God causes  all things  to work together  for good  to those  who love God,  to those  who are called  according  to His purpose.

We don’t have  to go around carrying a burden  of guilt,  because God  has repeatedly proclaimed  full  and immediate forgiveness  to all  who turn  to Jesus and ask  for forgiveness.     And, we don’t have to imagine  that God has left us  in our trials,  because 1 Peter 1-3-7 promises,

Blessed be the God  and Father  of our Lord Jesus Christ,  who according to His great mercy  has caused us  to be born again  to a living hope  through the resurrection  of Jesus Christ  from the dead,  to obtain an inheritance  which is imperishable  and undefiled  and will not fade away,  reserved  in heaven  for you,  who are protected  by the power  of God  through faith  for a salvation ready  to be revealed  in the last time.

In this  you greatly rejoice,  even though now  for a little while,  if necessary,  you have been distressed  by various trials,  so that the proof  of your faith,  being more precious than gold  which is perishable,  even though tested  by fire,  may be found  to result  in praise  and glory  and honor  at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

There are a lot of sure promises  in this passage  that we should apply  to our own lives  and say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for proving  that You keep  all Your promises  in Christ Jesus.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

A 2.67 year old says  I Pledge Allegiance

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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The Unfolding

August 29, 2014

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The Unfolding

When things are folded up,  we don’t know  exactly what they are like,  although our imagination  is working.     It could be a letter  from a dear friend  —  the bud  of a flower  —  or a new sweater  in a box.     When it is unfolded,  it is delightful  and brightens our day.     The psalmist says the same thing  about God’s word  in Psalm 119:130,

The unfolding  of Your words  gives light;
It gives understanding  to the simple.

God’s word  is all “wrapped up”  in the pages  of the Bible.     We can imagine  what might be  in it  —  based on pro  and con hearsay.     But,  our imaginations  could be faulty  because of that hearsay.     No one can read  the whole Bible  in one sitting  and gain  any sort  of real understanding.     Rather,  we read  a bit,  think about it,  and see how it applies  to our lives.     The more we read,  the more  we will recall  similar passages  on the same subject  —  so,  we will compare them  and see  how they agree  with one another  —  and that adds  to our “understanding”  of each passage.     They complement one another.

Reading,  studying,  applying,  and comparing  are all a part  of  the unfolding  of Your words”  that  “gives light”  and  “understanding”  —  the  “understanding”  that delights and brightens our day.

When God’s word gives us  “light”,  it is giving us  insight  into the awesome majesty,  power,  and infinite love  of our Creator  and Redeemer.     When we start knowing God  for who He really is,  we come  to love Him  and put our faith  in Him.     The  “unfolding”  of God’s word  lets us see  a little at a time,  so we can absorb it  to understand  the wisdom,  and perfect goodness  of God.     That builds trust.

This gradual  “unfolding”  shows us  how God made promises  of a Savior  over thousands  of years  —  and then kept all those promises  in the one man,  Christ Jesus.     The  “light”  and  “understanding”  that we will get  will prove  to us  that such a thing  is totally impossible  for mankind  to accomplish  —  and it is also  the absolute proof  of God’s love,  power,  and trustworthiness.     With this  “understanding”  we have no reason  to mistrust  the LORD,  our Savior.     This witness  proves  our LORD’s  almighty power and wisdom.

Then,  when troubles  come our way  in this life  —  as they surely will  —  “the unfolding”  of God’s words  will be  our strength  and stay.     We will be sure  that God’s way  with us  can be trusted  —  and He will surely lead us  in His salvation.     Delighted  in “the unfolding”  of God’s promises  to us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your love  that is ever so true.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

A 2.67 year old says  I Pledge Allegiance

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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You Are All Sons of God Through Faith

August 28, 2014

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You Are All Sons  of God  Through Faith

Although  it is very true  that people  have a tendency  to grab  onto every little indication  that they are great  and successful  in their own sphere,  they also have the tendency  to quickly feel  that all is lost  whenever there is  the slightest indication  of any  of their weaknesses.     These fickle feelings  are just that  —  fickle feelings.     They cannot be trusted  because they are always changing,  depending on the circumstances.

This world is full  of changing circumstances.     We can be well one day  and at death’s door  the next day  —  have a good income one day  and lose our job  the next day  —  have friends one day  and discover  how they’ve betrayed us  the next day.     Through all these changes,  there is one thing  that is constant  —  unchanging  —  as shown  to us  in Galatians 3:26-29,

For you are all sons  of God  through faith  in Christ Jesus.     For all  of you  who were baptized  into Christ  have clothed yourselves  with Christ.

There is neither Jew  nor Greek,  there is neither slave  nor free man,  there is neither male  nor female;  for you are all one  in Christ Jesus.     And if  you belong  to Christ,  then you are  Abraham’s descendants,  heirs  according to promise.

This is wonderful.     We are  all sons  of God  through faith  in Christ Jesus”.     In God’s eyes,  everyone  of faith  in Christ Jesus” is most naturally  a true child  of God.     God made us all.     When He sees His children,  He does not look  at their nationality,  their circumstances  in this life,  or whether they are male or female.    Everyone  who believes  that Jesus Christ washes away  absolutely all  of his sins  is considered one of  “Abraham’s descendants,  heirs  according to promise.”

That is because  in Genesis 17:5,  the LORD promised Abraham,

No longer shall your name be called Abram,
But your name  shall be  Abraham;
For I have made you  the father  of a multitude  of nations.

By  “faith”  in the LORD,  God Almighty made Abraham  “the father  of a multitude  of nations”.     God is saying here  that any and everyone,  from any nation  in the whole wide world  becomes a child of God  —  like Abraham  —  through faith  like Abraham had.     Therefore,  we read verses like:

For what does the Scripture say?     “Abraham  believed God,  and it was credited  to him  as righteousness.”     Romans 4:3  and  Genesis 15:6

For the promise  to Abraham  or to his descendants  that he would be heir  of the world  was not  through the Law,  but through the righteousness  of faith.     Romans 4:13  and  Genesis 17:4-6

Even so  Abraham  believed God,  and it was reckoned  to him  as righteousness.     Galatians 3:6

No matter  who we are,  through faith alone  we are  “all sons  of God  through faith  in Christ Jesus”.     That is how we live together  in faith,  hope,  and love.     This is not including those  who choose  to live  in false doctrines  —  only those  who live  in the faith  that God’s word proclaims.     With that faith,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      LORD,  thank You  for making us  Your children.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

A 2.67 year old says  I Pledge Allegiance

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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From These Stones

August 27, 2014

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From These Stones

Pride  makes people feel  pretty special  —  even better than  those around them.     But pride  is deceptive.     It makes one think better  of themselves  than they are  in reality.     People might strongly believe  that their wealth,  educational level,  occupation,  strength,  religious background,  or whatever  sets them a few steps  above others.     They might be especially sure  that these factors  prove  beyond the shadow  of a doubt  that they are quite special  in God’s sight.     But,  there are scripture references  that point out something different.

Matthew 3:1-12  tells about the ministry  of John the Baptist.     He preached  about the coming Savior  in the wilderness  of Judea,  as many came out  to him,  to listen,  confess their sins,  and be baptized,  as their hearts  were turned  in repentance  to the LORD.     Amongst the crowds  were many Pharisees  and Sadducees  coming to be baptized.     Though the Pharisees  and Sadducees  felt they were much more righteous  than the regular people  —  and that their religious status  proved God’s approval  of them  —  they wanted  to be baptized  to maintain  the approval  of the people  and God.

Knowing that the Pharisees  and Sadducees  were not repenting  of anything,  John the Baptist said  in Matthew 3:7-9,

You brood  of vipers,  who warned you  to flee  from the wrath  to come?     Therefore bear fruit  in keeping  with repentance;  and do not suppose  that you can say  to yourselves,  ‘We have Abraham  for our father';  for I say  to you  that from these stones  God is able  to raise up children  to Abraham.

In their pride,  these religious leaders  felt they  were special  just because of their ancestors.     They were born  from a long line  of religious leaders  and thought  God loved them more  than any other Israelite  because of their supposed righteousness  and status.     They were not only deceiving the people,  but they were deceiving themselves  with their self-righteous lifestyles.     Because  of their hypocritical ways,  John had  to call them  a “brood  of vipers”.     They were poisoning their own relationship  with God  —  and poisoning the truths  of God  for the people,  as they led people  to imagine that their arrogant,  self-righteousness had God’s approval.

That is why  John told them to  “bear fruit  in keeping  with repentance”.     True  “repentance”  is not prideful  or self-righteous.     Rather,  it humbly  serves God  from a heart  of love  and faith.     True  “repentance”  respects God  for who He is  —  and respects  other people  because God cares  for them.     That is why  in Matthew 22:36-40,  Jesus says  the foremost commandment is  to  “love the LORD your God  with all your heart,  and with all your soul,  and with all your mind,”   and the second is  to  “love your neighbor  as yourself”.

If we still choose  to be prideful,  we need  to remember  “that from these stones  God is able  to raise up children  to Abraham”.     God doesn’t need us.     We need God  —  for every aspect  of our lives  and salvation.

Appreciating  God’s love  and patience,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your truths.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

A 2.67 year old says  I Pledge Allegiance

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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The Spirit Explicitly Says

August 26, 2014

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The Spirit  Explicitly Says

It is so easy  to get awfully tired  of warnings.     They’re everywhere  —  Thin ice  —  Slippery when wet  —  Electrical shock  —  Poisonous  —  Flammable.     But,  whether we like it  or not,  we are forewarned.     So,  what will we do about it?     Ignore it  and take a chance anyway?     Many do just that.

Some people  don’t like reading  the Bible  because it contains warnings.     O dear!     They don’t want anyone  telling them  what to do  and what not to do.     But then,  they are totally unable  to distinguish truth  from false doctrines.     They wrongly imagine  that anyone’s preaching is okay  because “religion”  is just about learning  to be reasonably good.

Well,  1 Timothy 4:1  has a warning  for us all,

But the Spirit  explicitly says  that in later times  some will fall away  from the faith,  paying attention  to deceitful spirits  and doctrines  of demons,  by means  of the hypocrisy  of liars seared  in their own conscience  as with a branding iron.

Everyone living since the time  of Christ  is living  in the  “later times”.     In other words,  we’ve always  been nearer  to the end today  than we were yesterday.     Nobody knows  when Judgment Day  will be here,  so we must all  always be ready.     What  “the Spirit explicitly says”  has been true  for absolutely everyone,  because our opportunities  for repentance end  the very moment we die.     There is no second chance  for anyone.

How does someone  “fall away  from the faith”?     They do it by  “paying attention  to deceitful spirits  and doctrines  of demons”.     In other words,  there are all sorts  of false preachers  preaching things contrary  to God’s word.     Their  “conscience”  is so branded  with lies  and hypocrisies  that they boldly preach  all sorts  of false doctrines  that will rob us  of the true faith  we need  in order  to receive  eternal life.

So,  how can we keep  from being robbed  of God’s truths  by these hypocrites?     We need  to daily study God’s word  to us  in the Bible,  check it out,  prayerfully seek understanding,  and believe  in God’s forgiveness  through Christ Jesus’ suffering,  death,  and resurrection.     We must learn  to recognize false preaching.     The Bible will teach us  to do just that.

We can’t afford  to have  an attitude  of not wanting  a warning  from God’s word.     King David had it right  when he sang  in Psalm 19:8-11,

The precepts  of the LORD  are right,  rejoicing the heart;
The commandment  of the LORD  is pure,  enlightening the eyes.

The fear  of the LORD  is clean,  enduring forever;
The judgments  of the LORD  are true;  they are righteous altogether.

They are more desirable  than gold,  yes,  than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey  and the drippings  of the honeycomb.

Moreover,  by them  Your servant  is warned;
In keeping them  there is great reward.

True love  gives warnings.     So glad  for God’s love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Thank You  for Your eternal word.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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