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They Are Enemies of the Cross

November 23, 2014

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They Are Enemies  of the Cross

The apostle Paul  had led  a life  of extremes  —  and with good personal reasons.     As a  “good”  Pharisee,  he totally opposed Jesus  and all Christians.     Because Paul  had no understanding  of how Jesus  really was  the fulfillment  of all sorts  of Old Testament prophecies,  all he could think  was that Jesus  was a blasphemer  and liar  of the worst sorts.     In his zeal  to get rid  of all blasphemers,  Paul persecuted  the early church  by dragging Christians  out of their homes  and throwing them  into prison.     He witnessed against them  and approved  of their being stoned  to death.

Such was his self-righteousness,  pride,  and zeal  for getting things done  his way.     But,  when Christ appeared  to him  and revealed  the truths  of God’s plan  of salvation,  Paul was mortified  to realize  that he had actually been opposing God  with all the hatred  that was  in his heart.     The resurrected Jesus  let Paul know  that he was  to become  a preacher  of truth  and suffer many trials  and tribulations  because of his preaching.     Then,  in a complete turn-around,  Paul humbly accepted  his lot  from the Lord,  realizing the utter importance  of being totally obedient  to God Almighty  —  and not  to his misguided feelings.

That said,  as we read  Paul’s letters  to various churches,  we can easily see  how he was always  instructing people  to live  on the straight  and narrow path  of obedience  to the Lord  in truth  —  not according  to their own personal feelings,  desires,  or understandings  —  but with faith  in God’s love  and salvation  through Jesus Christ.

When the Philippians  were struggling  to live  for God  in the right way,  they often were challenged  by so-called fellow Christians,  who wanted  to force ungodly ways  upon them.     Because they were confused,  Paul’s heart  was breaking  for them  —  and he had  to warn them  in Philippians 3:18-19,

For many walk,  of whom  I often told you,  and now tell you  even weeping,  that they are enemies  of the cross  of Christ,  whose end  is destruction,  whose god  is their appetite,  and whose glory  is in their shame,  who set their minds  on earthly things.

For our citizenship  is in heaven  from which also we eagerly wait  for a Savior,  the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul  could say that  because he himself  had been one of those  “enemies  of the cross”.     But,  after instruction  from the Lord  and time  in deep searching  of God’s word,  Paul had all the proof  he needed  to realize  that salvation truly is  in Christ alone  —  no matter what the opinion  of the world might be.     With his positive assurance,  Paul was now willing  to suffer many great hardships  and even die  for the truth  of the gospel.

As Paul willingly suffered,  he refused  to back down  from the truth  in an effort  to have his punishments lessened.     Now,  Paul had a zeal  for the truth  —  and not a zeal  for promoting  his own opinion.     As Paul suffered beatings  and imprisonment,  he was honored  to be counted worthy  by the Lord  to have an opportunity  to stand up  for the gospel.     Paul even joyfully endured punishments  because he realized God’s love  for him.

In the strength  of God’s love  and the promise  of heaven,  Paul says  in Philippians 4:13,

I can do  all things  through Him  who strengthens me.

And  —  so can we,  as we lean  on the love  and salvation  of Jesus Christ.     Instead  of being an  “enemy  of the cross”,  figure out God’s love  for each  of us  by studying His word  —  and know  that you can have confidence  in His salvation  —  so much so  that you are always glad  and willing  to live  and witness  according to His eternal truths  —  and not according to misguided feelings.

As we let God  strengthen us  in His truths,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  thank You  for changing Paul  —  this  “enemy  of the cross”  —   into a true witness  of Your love  on the cross.     May we always serve You honorably  because  of the greatness  of Your love  and sacrifice  for 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 Secret Things Belong to the LORD Our God

November 22, 2014

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The Secret Things  Belong  to the LORD  Our God

People like  to feel  that they are knowledgeable,  and therefore,  in control  of their lives  and futures.     Consequently,  they will even staunchly  set up various doctrines  regarding  God’s word  —  the Bible  —  and teach their man-made beliefs  as actual facts.     But,  truth be said,  there are  a number of things  that the LORD  does not reveal  to us  —  because we are as little children  without the ability  to rightly understand  —  or bear the load.

A little child  cannot understand physics,  calculus,  or various biological facts.     Not even most adults  or experts  in these fields  understand all  in these fields.     In the same way,  we do not understand  all unexpected things  that happen  to us.

We wonder  about various prophecies  in God’s word  that we cannot understand.     They are a puzzlement  and we want  to understand,  but cannot.     And,  it is for good reason.     God knows our hearts  and minds  are not ready  to understand.     We are spiritually unable  to understand the future  in full detail.     We have an inkling  —  but,  don’t really know.

When Moses reviewed  God’s works  with Israel,  and God’s directions  for them,  they didn’t understand everything either.     Moses then said  in Deuteronomy 29:29,

The secret things  belong  to the LORD  our God,  but the things revealed  belong  to us  and to our sons  forever,  that we may observe  all the words  of this law.

God has shown us  what is truth,  good,  right,  just,  and loving.     He has given us  the history  of mankind’s fall,  the promise  of a Savior,  details about that Savior,  and the fulfillment  of that Savior  in Christ Jesus.     Those are  “the things revealed”  that  “belong  to us  and to our sons forever”.     Nevertheless,  there are  “secret things”  that  “belong to the LORD  our God“.

For us today,  many  of those  “secret things”  are about all  that will happen  in the end days  and on Judgment Day.     We have puzzling  and rather vague prophecies  that give us generalizations.     But,  we cannot bear the burden  of the exact details.     It is in love  and wisdom  that God does not give us  —  His dear children  —  details we could not bear  —  and don’t need  to bear.     We are simply  to trust our heavenly Father  —  our Creator and Redeemer.     As God directs us  in a number of places  and ways  throughout His word,  instead  of worrying  and letting our imagination run wild,   we are to…

Love the LORD  your God   with all your heart  and with all your soul  and with all your might.       Deuteronomy 6:5

Our love is based  on trust  and the knowledge  of all that God has done for us  throughout history.     Love enables us  to thankfully  and joyfully  put our futures  in God’s hands.

The bottom line is  that we are  to follow  and trust  God’s word  —  not our imaginations  or the imaginations  of certain preachers  —  which means we open up God’s word  and meditate on it.     Then,  in relief,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  Your love  and wisdom  have no bounds!”

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 Untaught and Unstable Distort

November 21, 2014

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The Untaught  and Unstable  Distort

It is sad  and disturbing  that there are quite a number  of so-called Christian organizations  (churches)  that “distort”  the word  of God Almighty.     When God’s plan  of salvation  is so clearly laid out  for us  in the Bible,  one wonders why  there are so many cults  and groups  that twist God’s word  in such a way  that it no longer expresses  God’s love,  free salvation,  and grace  towards us.     They come up with convoluted teachings  of work righteousness,  the end days,  and false doctrines  that deny all  that Christ Jesus  is  and  has freely done  for us.

Some  of these false teachings  get started  when someone wants  to make a name  for themselves  and make a lot  of money  in the process.     Other false teachings  get started  because the preacher simply does not  believe God’s word.     The preacher does not believe  in God’s forgiveness,  love,  or plan of salvation  through faith  in Jesus.     In their superstitious unbelief,  they imagine  all sorts  of false doctrines,  that deny the truths  in God’s word.     They cannot understand  or grasp  the truth  of actually being loved  by God so much  that they simply need  to accept  the free gift  of forgiveness  that will enable them  to be taken straight  to heaven  upon their departure  from this life.

The unbelief  of some preachers  is actually  a mockery  of God’s truths.     They see it  as an opportunity  to control  everybody “stupid” enough  to believe them.     Others  don’t know G0d’s word well enough  to know what they are talking about.     Consequently,  they often contradict themselves  and keep “developing”  and “changing” their doctrines.

The apostle Peter speaks  of these things,  and then says  in 2 Peter 3:15-16,

Regard  the patience  of our Lord  as salvation;  just as also  our beloved brother Paul,  according to the wisdom given him,  wrote to you,  as also  in all his letters,  speaking  in them  of these things,  in which  are some things hard  to understand,  which the untaught  and unstable  distort,  as they do also  the rest  of the Scriptures,  to their own destruction.

It’s the  “unstable”  that look  for ways  to  “distort”  God’s word.     If they would  take God  at His word  and believe God’s word  because it has proven itself  to be true  since the beginning  of time,  they wouldn’t be  “unstable”.     If they would really delve  into God’s word  and actually study  and meditate on it  to check out  it’s truths,  they wouldn’t have  to remain  “untaught”.     But,  they keep themselves  so busy  in their  “unstable”  doctrines  that are based  on their deep-seated superstitions,  that they don’t have time  to try  to understand  God’s truths.

Their unbelief  and superstitions  drive them  in their fears  of not being good enough  for heaven.

This is exactly why  it is so important  to become grounded  in God’s word.     We cannot afford  to disregard the “Scriptures”  to our  “own destruction”.     We don’t have  to be stuck  in unbelief  and false doctrines.     We open up God’s word  and let God teach us  His truths.

In the relief  of being free  in God’s love  and salvation,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for Your patient love.”

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 Fool Has Said in His Heart

November 20, 2014

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The Fool  Has Said  in His Heart

Over all the years  of time,  people have not changed.     King David dealt  with the same kinds  of people  that we have  all around us today.     Having all sorts  of technology  and scientists specializing  in all sorts  of fields  of science today  has not changed  the hearts  of people.

So,  we can relate  to King David  when he wrote Psalm 14.     Here it is  in its entirety  to compare David’s observances  with today.

The fool  has said  in his heart,  “There is no God.”
They are corrupt,  they have committed  abominable deeds;
There is no one  who does good.
The LORD  has looked down  from heaven  upon the sons  of men,
To see  if there are any  who understand,
Who seek  after God.
They have all  turned aside;  together  they have become corrupt;
There is no one  who does good,  not even one.

Do all the workers  of wickedness  not know,
Who eat up my people  as they eat bread,
And do not call upon the Lord?
There they are  in great dread,
For God  is with the righteous generation.
You would put  to shame  the counsel  of the afflicted,
But the LORD  is his refuge.

O  that the salvation  of Israel  would come out  of Zion!
When the LORD  restores His captive people.
Jacob will rejoice,  Israel will be glad.

David was close  to the LORD  in many special ways.     God gave him  the ability  to kill the giant Goliath.     God enabled him  to defeat armies  that were so much greater  than his own.     And God saved him  many times  from King Saul’s attempts  to kill him.

From his early youth  and through all these dangerous experiences,  God’s help  was obvious.     With a very grateful heart,  David sang songs  of praise  and thanksgiving  —  even in the depths  of his troubles  —  because he trusted  that the LORD  would come  to his rescue.

And,  God always did rescue him.     God rescued David  because David  had a faith  that sincerely trusted  in the Lord  —  and,  David knew how  to truthfully say,  “Thank You!”  for every time  he was blessed.

All those enemies  that David faced  were people  who denied  the love  and power  of the LORD.     They were people  who mocked God,  and like Saul,  were defiantly disobedient  to God’s direct commands.

That is why David  is so grieved  in his heart  about anyone  who denies  the existence  of God  and His power.     It is  with great sadness  that David notes  their foolishness.     David also saw  that those  who challenge  the reality  of God  are much more willing  to commit terrible sins  because  they feel  they will get away  with it  —  and are getting away  with it right now.     So,  they lack a respect  for the rights  of other people also.

When David says,  “You would put  to shame  the counsel  of the afflicted,  but the LORD is his refuge,”  he’s referring  to how the wicked mock  God’s people  and constantly make fun  of their goodness.     The wicked try  to make God’s people look foolish  for trusting  in the LORD.     They ridicule God’s word  and claim  it’s no different  than any other religious teaching  in this world.     When Christians point out  that certain deeds  are sins  in God’s sight,  they belligerently laugh  and say  they have a right  to live  any way  they please.

God  is the refuge  of His people  and His judgment day  for all  will come.     David longs  for that day  and knows  that God’s people  will be glad  when it does come.

But,  what does that say  for the foolish,  who still claim  there is no God?     They have no understanding.     They refuse  to seek  after God,  even in their own woes.     They love  their corrupt ways  and refuse  to change.

Because they deliberately refuse  to listen  to their conscience,  they are hardening  their own hearts.     They are choosing  their own fate  and daring God  to judge them.     They are mocking  their own Creator  and Redeemer,  who is patiently waiting  for them  to repent.     But,  they won’t.     That is why  they are fools.     They are despising  the LORD,  who is infinitely greater  than they could ever dream.

We are sad  for them,  but there isn’t anything  we can do  to help them,  since all efforts  to help them  are refused.     We can only leave them  and put them  in God’s hands.     God knows  their every thought  and intention.     Only He  will set the record straight  in the end.

With David,  we look  to our LORD  for His salvation  and  —  with David  —  we praise the LORD  for His faithful love  and tender care.     And so we say,  “Hallelujah!     The LORD  is almighty forever.”

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 Whom You Have Learned

November 19, 2014

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From Whom  You Have Learned

Timothy  was a young preacher  in the early Christian church  facing all sorts  of false preachers,  while trying  to teach God’s word  in all its truth  to people  who were totally new  to the gospel.     Because of his youth,  Timothy was rather timid  in having  to stand strong  against such falsehoods  from dominant types  of people.

But,  when you have the truth  in your heart  and mind,  you need  to stand strong  in it.     There have been many deceivers right  from the beginning  of time,  who are arrogant,  disobedient,  unloving,  and haters  of everything good  and righteous.     As we stand strong  in the truth,  we need  to realize  that we will be constantly confronted  by deceivers mocking us  for our faith.

Paul,  therefore,  warned  and encouraged Timothy  in 2 Timothy 3:12-17,

And indeed,  all  who desire  to live godly  in Christ Jesus  will be persecuted.

But evil men  and imposters  will proceed  from bad  to worse,  deceiving  and being deceived.

You,  however,  continue  in the things  you have learned  and become convinced of,  knowing from whom  you have learned them;  and that  from childhood  you have known  the sacred writings  which are able  to give you  the wisdom  that leads  to salvation  through faith  which is in Christ Jesus.

All Scripture  is inspired  by God  and profitable  for teaching,  for reproof,  for correction,  for training  in righteousness  that the man  of God  may be adequate,  equipped for every good work.

What a promise!     If you want  to live  a godly life,  you will  for sure  be persecuted.     Have you noticed that  in your life?     That is a challenge  to stand strong  in the truth  for the sake  of God’s love given  to us  on the cross  in Jesus Christ  —  and for the sake  of gaining eternal life.

God’s people  have been martyred  for standing up  for the truth  since the beginning  of time.     The Old  and New Testaments witness  to that.     So,  we don’t have  to feel alone  in our stand  for the truth.     We are  in good company  with the saints  down through the ages.

During our trials,  we need  to remember how we were brought  to faith  through the scriptures.     As we learned  the scriptures,  it gave us  a wisdom  that realized  the truth  of being saved  through our faith  in Jesus Christ.

It is God’s word  that has taught us truth.     God’s word  shows us our sins  and encourages us  to live  in righteousness.     This scripture teaches us truths  about God’s almighty power  to create all things  and sustain  all things.     And the Bible shows us  the faithfulness  of God’s love  for us,  even though He knows all  of our thoughts  and deeds.

As God’s word strengthens us  in realizing  the awesome power  of our Lord  to forgive all our sins,  we become adequate  and better equipped  to start living  for our Savior  with thankful hearts.

All in all,  God is the one teaching us  as we study  and meditate  on His word.     He is the One  who helps us  to recognize falsehoods  and gives us the strength  to adamantly stand against them  as we stand strong  in His word  —  His eternal truth.

With the blessing  of God’s word  in our hearts,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  thank you  for leading me  in Your truths  and for washing away  all my sins  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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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

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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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A Day in Your Courts Is Better

November 18, 2014

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A Day  in Your Courts  Is Better

Psalm 84:10
For a day  in Your courts  is better  than a thousand outside.
I would rather stand  at the threshold  of the house  of my God,
Than dwell   in the tents  of wickedness.

The person  who wrote this psalm  claims  that a single day  in the courts  of the LORD  is far better  than a thousand days outside.     That’s quite a comparison.     We need  to know more  about what  he is saying.

The  “courts”  of the LORD  are evidently  where we go  to be  with God  in His house.     Is the psalmist talking  about heaven  or a church building?     This psalmist gives us  some clues  in verses 1-4,  where he sings,

How lovely  are Your dwelling places,
O LORD  of hosts!
My soul longed  and even yearned  for the courts  of the LORD;
My heart  and my flesh sing  for joy  to the living God.
The bird  also  has found  a house,
And the swallow  a nest  for herself,  where she may lay  her young,
Even Your altars,  O LORD  of hosts,
My King  and my God.
How blessed  are those  who dwell  in Your house!
They are ever praising You.

Just where does God live?      The answer  is in Paul’s question  in 1 Corinthians 3:16,

Do you  not know  that you are  a temple  of God,  and that the Spirit  of God dwells  in you?

Jesus backs  that up  in John 14:23,

Jesus answered  and said  to him,  “If anyone loves Me,  he will keep  My word;  and My Father  will love him,  and We  will come  to him,  and make Our abode  with him.

So,  God lives  in the people  who love Him  and keep His word.     To keep His word  is to have faith  and trust  in God’s power  and desire  to save us.     Believing and trusting hearts  are God’s dwelling places  —  His courts.     Even the birds  are trusting  in the LORD’s  care  for them.

The psalmist says  that these believing hearts  are doing something  as God lives  in them.     He says,  “They are ever praising You.”     When we put  our trust  in the love  of God,  we know  that He will work  everything  for our good  in the end.     That is why we are able  to praise  the LORD,  even as we face tribulations.

The whole point is  that even when our faith  is weak  and the world  is trying  to smash  our faith  to smithereens,  we need  to look  to our Lord  who lives  in us  and praise Him  for His faithful love  and care.

As the psalmist said,  it is much better  to be  in the courts  of the LORD  than to dwell  with the wicked,  who are constantly  bitterly complaining,  cursing,  and blaspheming  the LORD.     Can we see  the differences here?     Which place  of  “being”  is better?

As we look up  to our LORD  and praise Him  for even wanting  to live  in us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You are so gracious  and loving  to even desire  to want  to live  in us.     We appreciate  and praise  Your love  and salvation  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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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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It Is Time for Judgment to Begin With the Household of God

November 17, 2014

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It Is Time  for Judgment  to Begin  With the Household  of God

We have so many promises  from God  throughout the Bible.     Many are meant  to encourage us  to stand up  for what is right  in God’s eyes  and do what is right  in God’s eyes.     In many passages  and ways  the Bible tells us  that the people  of this world  will mock God’s children  and insinuate  that they are stupid  for trusting  in God’s ways  and standing up  for God’s ways.

The gist  of the world’s mockings  is that they are more loving  and understanding  than the LORD God Almighty is.     The essence  of their proclamations suggests  that everything God says  in the Bible  is too judgmental  and that He does not have the authority  to tell them  what is right  or wrong.     Consequently,  we hear daily news reports  about gay rights movements,  all sorts  of wrong doings  in the political arena,  activists trying  to take all references  to God out  of our country’s heritage,  abortion rights,  etc.

The apostle Peter wants Christians  to understand  how God wants us  to react  to the world’s taunts.     We need  to always remember  that God knows  what the future holds  and how things will be  in the very end.     It is what is  at the end  of this world  and what is in eternity  that we need  to care about,  lest we become  a victim  of this world’s pressures  and lose  our souls.

We need  to thoughtfully consider  1 Peter 4:12-19  and apply it  to our situation  —  noting that nothing has really changed  in the last 2,000 years.

Beloved,  do not be surprised  at the fiery ordeal  among you,  which comes  upon you  for your testing,  as though  some strange thing  were happening  to you;  but to the degree  that you share  the sufferings  of Christ,  keep on rejoicing;  so that also  at the revelation  of His glory,  you may rejoice  with exultation.

If you are reviled  for the name  of Christ,  you are blessed,  because the Spirit  of glory  and of God  rests upon you.

By no means  let any  of you suffer  as a murderer,  or thief,  or evildoer,  or a troublesome meddler;  but if anyone suffers  as a Christian,  let him not feel ashamed,  but in that name  let him glorify God.

For  it is time  for judgment  to begin  with the household  of God;  and if it begins  with us first,  what will be the outcome  for those  who do not obey  the gospel  of God?

And if it is  with difficulty  that the righteous  is saved,  what will become  of the godless man  and the sinner?

Therefore,  let those also  who suffer  according to the will  of God  entrust their souls  to a faithful Creator  in doing what is right.

We stand tall  and strong  in the righteousness  of our LORD  because of all  that He has done  for us  in love  through Jesus Christ.     We do not try  to live righteously  according  to man’s standards,  but according  to the love  of God,  and according to His almighty wisdom  and power  to judge us all.

As we rest  in God’s love  and rejoice  in the salvation  He has freely  given us  in Jesus,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for making us  Your dear children  through faith  in Christ Jesus.     Let us always  live  to Your glory  because You have loved us  from all eternity.”

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.

.

Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

**************

.

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

Psalm 118:24

.

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

.

**************

.

.

.

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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.

.

…………

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