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Those Who Love Your Law Have Great Peace

July 21, 2014

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Those  Who Love  Your Law  Have Great Peace

Obviously these days,  there are many  who despise  and hate  the laws  of the land.     Their hatred  of the law  drives them  to belligerently murder,  rape,  rob,  destroy property,  sell drugs illegally,  lie,  break constitutional laws,  and commit fraud  of every sort.     Of course,  they claim innocence  whenever someone points out  their evil ways,  but their contentious hearts are,  at the same time,  planning more wickedness.     They are  not only breaking the laws  of the land,  but they are defying God Almighty  at the same time.

In contrast,  God’s word often describes the ways of God’s children.     Psalm 119:165 says,

Those who love Your law  have great peace,
And nothing causes them  to stumble.

There is a  “great peace”  being in fellowship  with our Creator  and Redeemer.     That’s because God’s ways  are so good,  right,  and loving  that they are a comfort  to all  of His children.     God’s ways  are so good  and desirable,  that they enable us  to choose  what is right  and not  “stumble”  into the degrading sins  of this world.

Jesus taught us  the connection  between love  and obedience.     Some examples  of His teachings  include,

If you love Me,  you will  keep My commandments.     John 14:15

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.     John 14:23

If you keep My commandments,  you will abide  in My love;  just as I have kept  My Father’s commandments  and abide  in His love.     John 15:10

Jesus’ teachings  on this  are so helpful  to us  that 1 John 2:3  later tells us,

By this  we know  that we have come  to know Him,  if we keep  His commandments.

In other words,  God’s children  really want  to please  the LORD.     Their love  for God  urges them  to imitate  His goodness.     We can be assured  that we are  in fellowship  with our Lord and Savior  when  “we keep His commandments”.

When we take the time  to study  and learn God’s word  to us,  we will fully realize  that the “commandments”  God wants us  to obey  have absolutely nothing  to do  with what  we eat  and  drink  —  nothing to do with a fetish  in keeping any man made,  religious traditions,  rules,  or habits  —  and nothing  to do with keeping Old Testament covenants  that were put away  in Christ Jesus.

Much rather,  Galatians 5:22-23 describes  the commandments Christ desires us  to keep,

But the fruit  of the Spirit  is love,  joy,  peace,  patience,  kindness,  goodness,  faithfulness,  gentleness,  self-control;  against such things  there is no law.

The commandments  Jesus wants  us to keep  come from  a change  of heart.     They come from  a heart filled  with faith,  hope,  and love.     Jesus’ commandments  are the fruits  of a life  in fellowship  with our LORD  and Savior.     They are a natural outcome  of understanding  God’s wondrous love  for each of us.

With the peace  of honestly loving God’s  “law”  of being,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for leading us  into the freedom  of knowing  and keeping  Your laws  of 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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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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Behold, I Was Brought Forth in Iniquity

July 20, 2014

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Behold,  I Was Brought Forth  in Iniquity

There are those  who claim  that newborn babies  and small children  are innocent  and sinless.     But,  God’s word  declares differently.     It is God’s eternal word  that we need  to pay attention to.     In  Psalm 51:5-6,  King David says,

Behold,  I was brought forth  in iniquity,
And  in sin  my mother conceived me.
Behold,  You desire truth  in the innermost being,
And  in the hidden part  You will  make me  know wisdom.

David  is humbly declaring  that from the very moment  of his conception  he was  a sinner.     He could never claim  any innocence  or time  of being sinless.     David admitted  to his sinful nature  because he respectfully  realized  that God Almighty  desires  “truth  in the innermost being”  of us sinful beings.     It is not enough  to glibly say,  “Oh ya,  I’m a sinner.     So what?”     We need  to realize  that we are condemned sinners  clear down  into our  “innermost being”.     We can’t  and shouldn’t try  to worm our way out  of that truth.

When we come  to know  the awful,  condemning truth  that we are all  “brought forth  in iniquity”  and that the LORD surely wants  “truth  in the innermost being”,  we should know  that there is absolutely nothing  we can hide  from our LORD,  Creator,  Redeemer.     To try and hide  even a little bit  of our sinfulness  makes us liars  —  and even worse sinners.

It was only because  of his sincere confession,  that David knew  that in his inner  “hidden part”  God would  “make me know wisdom”.     We cannot  honestly  “know wisdom”  until we truly realize  our sinfulness  from conception.      Knowing  our sinful nature  from conception  gives us the “wisdom”  to be truly humble  before God Almighty.     We have nothing  to be proud of.     “Wisdom”  makes us know  that only God’s grace  and mercy  can cleanse us  from our sins.     That is the  “wisdom”  that leads us  to put our trust  in our Savior.

Whatever our age  or circumstances,  we rest  in Romans 5:8,

But God demonstrates  His own love  toward us,  in that while  we were yet sinners,  Christ died  for us.

Ever so glad  that by His power,  God  “will make me  know wisdom”,  we lean  on His love  and say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for washing away  all  of our sins  in Your shed blood  on the cross.”

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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He Delivered Us From the Domain of Darkness

July 19, 2014

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He Delivered Us  From the Domain  of Darkness

I don’t know  if it is done any more,  but years ago prisoners  were often kept  in dungeons,  where they never saw  the light  of day.     It was depressing,  cold,  and damp.     In their loneliness  and utter depression,  many prisoners  went mad.     It was the darkness  that really got  to them.

Satan’s rule  over people  with every sort  of wickedness  and ominous evil  is often called  a “domain  of darkness”.     When surrounded  and bombarded  with so many evils,  people feel like  they are trapped  in a  “domain  of darkness”.     They lose hope  of ever getting out  of the sins  that have entrapped them.     In their hopelessness,  their lives seem very dark  and maddening.

When we are trapped  in the dark,  sinful ways  of this world,  we need  to know  that there really is  a way out.     There is a way  we can live  in the light,  freedom,  and peace  of God Almighty.     The apostle Paul  wrote in Colossians 1:13-14,

For He delivered us  from the domain  of darkness,  and transferred us  to the kingdom  of His beloved Son,  in whom we have redemption,  the forgiveness  of sins.

Our LORD  and Creator  sent His only begotten Son,  Christ Jesus,  to pay  for all our sins  —  so that we have been redeemed  —  we have been purchased  with the blood  of Jesus.     The blood  of Jesus bought us  out of that  “domain  of darkness”.     When we belong  to Jesus  through faith  in His suffering,  death,  and resurrection,  He gives us  “the forgiveness  of sins.”

We can walk out  of that “domain  of darkness”.     We don’t even belong there  any more.     We belong  in the light  and freedom  of our  blood-bought “redemption”.

It is only in coming  to know Christ  as our Savior  that we can be freed  “from the domain  of darkness”.     That means  it is absolutely necessary for us  to allow God  to teach us His word.     As we read,  study,  and prayerfully meditate  on God’s word,  we will grow  in understanding  and knowing  the love  of God  for us  in Christ Jesus.     As we daily live  in the light  of God’s word,  we will learn  to live  in a way  that is  “worthy  of the Lord,  to please Him  in all respects,  bearing fruit  in every good work  and increasing  in the knowledge  of God.”   ( Colossians 1:10 )

And then  we will be able  to honestly and joyfully  thank our LORD  for all  that He  has done  for us.     Living in the light  of His love  is the freedom  we need.

Refreshed  in the light  of God’s eternal word  to us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD God Almighty,  thank You  for saving us  from the domain  of darkness  that is in this world  —  and for making us worthy saints  through the blood  of Christ  to live with You  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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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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Let Them Bring Me to Your Holy Hill

July 18, 2014

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Let Them  Bring Me  to Your  Holy Hill

People look  for truth  and meaning in life  in all sorts  of places.     They will travel  the whole world  —  examine all sorts of philosophies  and religions  —  and try  many life styles.     Frankly,  there is only one sure  and proven place  of eternal truth.    God’s word  —  the Bible  —  has proven itself  to be true  over thousands of years.

Pretty simple  and readily available,  isn’t it?     But,  in spite  of God  lovingly  reaching out  to all  of us,  many will turn elsewhere  for peace  and a so-called salvation  —  a supposed closeness  to God  ( or,  in truth,  shall we say “a god”).     Search as they might,  there will never be  a god  other than  the one and only true LORD  and God  over all.

Through the many fulfilled prophesies  concerning our Savior Jesus,  that have spanned thousands  of years,  the LORD has proven  far beyond a doubt  that He alone  is the one and only  LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.     Long before Christ was born,  people figured out  that only the LORD God  was their true strength  and salvation.

In that knowledge  of everlasting truth,  the writer of Psalm 43 wrote  in verses 3-4,

O send out  Your light  and Your truth,  let them lead me;
Let them  bring me  to Your holy hill
And  to Your dwelling places.
Then  I will go  to the altar  of God,
To God  My exceeding joy;
And upon the lyre  I shall praise You,  O God,  my God.

It is only in God’s  “light”  and  “truth” that we can truly  and honestly  come  to be near  God Almighty  —  the one and only  Creator  and Redeemer.     No other god  or philosophy  can do anything for us.     Truth is truth  —  God  is God  —  “gods”  are  “gods”  —  and philosophies  are philosophies.

Only the LORD God Almighty can  “bring me  to Your holy hill  and to Your dwelling places.”     If we honestly desire  to be near truth everlasting,  we must allow God’s  “light”  and  “truth”  lead us  to where the true LORD of lords  really is.     That  “light”  and  “truth”  is throughout  the whole Bible  —  Old and New Testament.     The New Testament  is the proving grounds  of all the prophecies  in the Old Testament.

So,  the writer  of Psalm 43  is wanting God  to open up  his heart  and mind  to realize  the truthfulness  of all  of God’s word.     Realizing God’s truths throughout all  of His eternal word  will lead us  to God’s  “holy hill”  and God’s  “dwelling places”.     That means  an inner peace,  love,  and total trust  in all  of God’s ways  of salvation  in Christ Jesus  —  while we have  to live  on this earth.     Isn’t  that surety  what we want?

The bottom line is  that we do not need  to feel  any sort  of despair  or disturbance  in our souls.     The LORD  has proven  His trustworthiness  and love,  so we can rest  in His works  of salvation  for us,  and say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for giving rest  to our souls  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

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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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In Whose Mouth Are No Arguments

July 17, 2014

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In Whose Mouth  Are No Arguments

What can we say?     We have no honest argument  or valid claim.     Without a doubt,  we are sinners.     If we say  we are not sinners,  we are liars  and lying  is a sin.     With that,  we condemn ourselves.

King David fully  realized his sins.     In Psalm 38,  David confesses  his sinful nature  and asks  for God’s mercy.     He full well knows  he deserves a wrathful judgment,  but he asks the LORD  to rebuke him  without being wrathful  beyond his ability  to bear it.     In other words,  David asked  for God’s mercy.     David knew  God was aware  of absolutely everything  in his heart  and mind.     God was aware  that David  greatly desired  to be good  and righteous,  but David  was still guilty  of sin.

Acts 13:22  explains God’s approval  of King David  by summarizing  some Old Testament verses,  so God was saying,

I have found David,  the son of Jesse,  a man after My heart,  who will do  all My will.

King David was a replacement  of King Saul,  whose heart  became devious  and spiteful.     So,  even though  both David and Saul  were sinners  —  just like all  of us  —  David had  a truthful heart  that confessed  his sins.     Saul had a heart  that always tried  to cover up  his sinfulness  and did not trust in the LORD’s love  and mercy.     Big difference.

When King David sinned,  everybody  in Israel knew  about it.     Some loved  to attack David  in his weaknesses.     But,  David always turned  to the LORD.     In his turning  to the LORD,  David wrote  about his threatening,  spiteful enemies  in Psalm 38:13-18,

But I,  like a deaf man,  do not hear;
And  I am like  a mute man  who does not  open his mouth.
Yes,  I am like a man  who does not hear,
And  in whose mouth  are no arguments.
For  I hope  in You,  O LORD;
You  will answer,  O Lord  my God.
For  I said,  ‘May they  not rejoice  over me,
Who,  when my foot slips,  would magnify themselves  against me.’
For  I am ready  to fall,
And my sorrow  is continually  before me.
For  I confess  my iniquity;
I am full  of anxiety  because of my sin.

David refused  to become downhearted  because of the attacks  of his accusers,  who were also sinners.     Much rather,  in truth  and true repentance,  he turned  to the LORD’s mercy.

People may accuse  any and all  of God’s children,  but the accusers  are also sinners.     The only recourse  for any  of God’s children  is our heavenly Father’s mercy  and forgiveness.     We cannot deny  any of our sins.     But,  with faith,  hope,  and love,  we can  and should  always turn  to the LORD  for the forgiveness  we need  for Jesus’ sake.

In the forgiveness  we receive  through the sacrificial love  of Christ Jesus,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your mercy  and 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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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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There Is Nothing Covered Up That Will Not Be Revealed

July 16, 2014

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There Is Nothing  Covered Up  That Will Not  Be Revealed

There are many situations  in which people  will try  to hide something  —  some truth  —  plan  —  surprise  —  or nefarious con job.     Plainly,  hiding plans  for a surprise birthday party  or welcome home party  are all done  with a good heart.     But,  hiding plans for a robbery  or any other misdeed  is done with an evil,  ungodly heart.

Sadly,  Jesus warns us  of  “covered up” plans  to destroy  our faith  in God’s salvation.     Though stated 2,000 years ago,  Jesus’ warning  is for every Christian  on this earth  until the end  has come.     When great crowds came  to hear Jesus preach,  Jesus told  His disciples  in Luke 12:1-5,

Beware  of the leaven  of the Pharisees,  which is hypocrisy.     But there is nothing covered up  that will not be revealed,  and hidden  that will not be known.

Accordingly  whatever  you have said  in the dark  shall be heard  in the light,  and what you have whispered  in the inner rooms  shall be proclaimed  upon the housetops.

And I say  to you,  My friends,  do not be afraid  of those  who kill the body,  and after that  have no more  that they can do.     But I will warn you  whom to fear;  fear the One  who after  He has killed  has authority  to cast  into hell;  yes, I tell you,  fear Him!

God Almighty knows  our every thought,  feeling,  whisper,  and plan.     He knows the hypocrite  and disrespectful  inside and out.     Nobody can hide  whatever hypocrisy  might be  in their heart.     When the inventors  of cults  and false doctrines  secretly whisper  their plans  to deceive people,  gain a following,  and make money,  God knows all  of it.

When those  who despise God’s ways  make plans  to destroy Christianity  and Christian principles,  God knows  all about that,  also.     Absolutely nothing can be hidden  from the LORD.     First of all,  that means  that we all need  to watch  what is  in our hearts,  minds,  and mouths.     Because we are all sinners,  we need  to be careful  about everything we think,  feel,  do,  and say.     Everything we do  needs  to be an imitation  of God’s ways  —  without any changes,  additions,  or subtractions  to His holy word.

We will be persecuted  in all sorts  of ways  for being faithful  to God’s word,  but Jesus tells us,  “Do not be afraid  of those  who kill the body  and after that  have no more  that they can do.”     Many Christians  have died  for God’s truths,  but they are now  eternally blessed.     We need to  “fear the One who after  He has killed  has authority  to cast  into hell.”     Our LORD  is the One  who has authority  to cast us  into hell.     We must  so deeply respect Him  and His ways  that we keep the truths  of His word purely  in love.     Speak only the truth  —  trusting in Him.     Let us not  get caught  in the web  of this world’s hypocrisies  and unbelief.

Truly respecting all  of God’s eternal word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for keeping us safe  in the love  and meditation  of Your eternal word.”

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

.

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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Much More Than All Burnt Offerings and Sacrifices

July 15, 2014

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Much More  Than All Burnt Offerings  and Sacrifices

People  from all religions  have made  “burnt offerings  and sacrifices”  to please  the deity  that they  believe in  and want  to please.     In many  —  and possibly  in most  —  cases,  their “burnt offerings  and sacrifices”  are to no avail.     They could  be turning  to a worthless,  helpless idol  of some sort  —  or if they were actually  making an offering  to the LORD,  they might be doing so  without faith.     They might even  be trying  to earn their way  into God’s favor,  imagining that they have the power  to con the LORD  into doing something  for them.     With mankind’s sinful nature,  there are so many possible scenarios.

In the Old Testament,  the LORD  gave directions  for the proper kinds  of “burnt offerings  and sacrifices”.     In the New Testament,  since there were many different commandments  from the LORD,  a scribe  asked Jesus  which commandment was the greatest.     Jesus replied  in Mark 12:29-30,

The foremost is,  “Hear,  O Israel;  the LORD our God  is one LORD;  and you shall  love the LORD  your God  with all your heart,  and with all your soul,  and with all your mind,  and with all your strength.”

The questioning scribe  was glad  for that reply  and said  in Mark 12:32-33,

Right,  Teacher,  You have truly stated  that He is One;  and there is no one else  besides Him;  and to love Him  with all the heart  and with all the understanding  and with all the strength,  and to love one’s neighbor  as himself,  is much more  than all  burnt offerings  and sacrifices.

To have a heart  with a sincere  and honest love  for the LORD  truly  is worth  “much more  than all  burnt offerings  and sacrifices”.

People  can spend  their whole lives  in sacrificial,  religious services  of every sort  —  and not be pleasing  in God’s sight.     As a matter  of fact,  their sacrificial,  religious services might very well  be repugnant  and horribly offensive  to the LORD.     Why?     Because their religious services are loveless.     They do not  love the LORD.     Instead,  they are faithlessly  and superstitiously  trying to earn  God’s favor.     That is because  they don’t trust the LORD.     They don’t believe  in the gracious love,  mercy,  kindness,  righteousness,  and forgiveness  of the LORD.

To get down  to the nitty-gritty  in their hearts,  they don’t honestly believe any  of God’s word  in the Bible,  and they might as well  be calling  the LORD  a liar.     God’s word  is very clear  in repeating  His love  and gracious plan  of salvation  for all  of us.     We are not  to try  and earn  the salvation  that God says  can only be given  as a gift.

It can only be given  as a gift  because all  of our “burnt offerings  and sacrifices”,   all of our good works,  and all of our self-denials  are tainted  with the sins  of our human nature.     We cannot pay  for our salvation  with such grossly sinful efforts  —  so,  God does not want us  to imagine  that our works are good enough  to pay  for His grace  and forgiveness.

Love is all  that God wants  from us.     Thinking  on God’s sacrificial love  for each  of us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for first  loving us  in Christ Jesus.”

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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