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His Mother and the Disciple Whom He Loved

April 18, 2014

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His Mother  and the Disciple  Whom He Loved

We call Good Friday  “Good Friday”  because that’s the day  Jesus did us  more good  than any tongue  can possibly tell.     His excruciating  suffering  and death  paid  for absolutely all  of our sins.     Nothing is more good  for us  than that willing  and most faithful love.     Everything that happened on Good Friday  is good  for us  to think about.     All those details  that the New Testament gospels  tell us  about that day  were fulfillments  of many Old Testament prophecies.

So,  Christ Jesus   knew ahead  of time  everything  that would happen  —  and He willingly  let everything take place  because  of His love  for us.     We can know  that we were  in Jesus’ thoughts  and loving care  as He hung  on that cross.     There was also  another love  that held Jesus’  attention while He suffered.     That account  is recorded  in John 19:25-27,

There were standing  by the cross  of Jesus  His mother,  and His mother’s sister,  Mary the wife  of Clopas,  and Mary Magdalene.

When Jesus therefore saw  His mother,  and the disciple  whom He loved  standing nearby,  He said  to His mother,  “Woman,  behold,  your son!”

Then He said  to the disciple,  “Behold,  your mother!”     And from that hour  the disciple  took her  into his own household.

Mary’s husband,  Joseph,  had evidently died  before any  of this took place.     But,  what about the rest  of Jesus’ family?     Shouldn’t they  be the ones  to care  for their mother?     Jesus had brothers  and sisters.     After all,  Mark 6:3  says that the Jews  wondered  about Jesus’ authority  to do  so many miracles  and asked,

“Is not this the carpenter,  the son  of Mary,  and brother  of James,  and Joses,  and Judas,  and Simon?     Are not His sisters  here with us?”     And they  took offense  at Him.

Sadly,  John 7:5  records  that these brothers  were not believing Jesus  during His ministry.

For not even His brothers  were believing  in Him.

It is thought that because these brothers  were not believing  in Jesus  at that time  —  in spite of  His many miracles  —  Jesus did not want  to entrust  His mother  to such unbelievers.     As the eldest  in His family  and the one  in the position  of responsibility,  Jesus  was especially concerned  for His mother  in her time  of sorrow,  and did not want her  to have  to endure  the unbelief  of His brothers.     So,  Jesus asked John  to take over  His responsibility  of caring  for Mary.     John lovingly did so  that very moment.

All  of Good Friday  is a picture  of love  —  love for us  and a most gracious concern  for doing  the very best  for those  in pain.     Jesus put everyone else’s needs  far ahead  of His own desires.     We need salvation  —  really need salvation.     Without faith  in Jesus’ loving sacrifice,  we are eternally condemned.     May we find our eternal peace,  victory,  and joy  resting  in Jesus’ love.

Safe  in Jesus’ care,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for showing us  real 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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Let the Redeemed of the LORD Say So

April 17, 2014

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Let  the Redeemed  of the LORD  Say So

People often  seem reluctant  to talk  about our adversary  —  the devil.     It just kinda seems embarrassing  that we get tripped up  by him  so often.     But,  when we make out  like the devil  is not real,  we’ve been tripped up again,  because we’re not facing the truth  about our desperate need  for a Savior.     If we’re  thinking  we don’t need  a Savior  from our sins,  we’re denying Jesus  —  the LORD God Almighty  —  and His eternal word  with so many fulfilled prophecies  about the Savior.

If  we imagine  that we can get along  just fine  without Jesus,  and are not thankful  for the immensity  of His love  and sacrifice for us,  we’re not accepting His gifts  of forgiveness  and redemption.     If we’re not accepting  the forgiveness  we need,  we have no need  to say  “Thank You”  to our Creator,  Redeemer,  and Sustainer.     That would include no need  to worship the Savior  on His resurrection day.

And,  all of this confused thinking,  lack of understanding,  and denial  of God’s love  tells  of a lost  and fruitless life.     There is no satisfaction,  no contentment,  no fulfillment,  no purpose.

But,  in all that,  the LORD God  still seeks  us out  to show  His love  —  His desire  to forgive  —  His desire  to lead us  to the wondrous joys  of being loved,  forgiven,  and satisfied.     We can be  ever so thankful  that our Redeemer  is so faithful  and good.     These sorts  of things are what Psalm 107  is talking about  as it starts  by saying,

Oh give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.
Let the redeemed  of the LORD  say so,
Whom He has redeemed  from the hand  of the adversary,
And gathered  from the lands,
From the east  and from the west,
From the north  and from the south.       Psalm 107:1-2

We can always be thankful  that God is still waiting  for us  to return  to Him.     When we realize  that our Savior still wants  to redeem us  from all  our sins,  we should willingly  “say so”.     We have nothing to hide.     We should  speak up.     Every person  on this earth  is in the same boat  as we are.     With open eyes  and hearts,  we need  to gladly  “give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;  for His lovingkindness  is everlasting.” 

Being  “redeemed  from the hand  of the adversary”  —  the devil  —  took an almighty rescue.     It means God  truly loves us.     We need  to realize how very beloved  we are  —  and accept  that love.     Dismissing God’s love  in Christ  means throwing away  our home  in heaven  and remaining lost forever.     That’s not very wise  or decent.

Let’s look  at the gifts  being offered  to us.     Examine their goodness.     Think about the wonder  of being so faithfully loved.     Then  “say so”  —  “give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good.”

Resting  in God’s  “lovingkindness”  we say,  “Hallelujah!    Lord,  it is so good  to be freed  by Your redemption.     Thank You.”

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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Keep Them From the Evil One

April 16, 2014

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Keep Them  From the Evil One

Just before Jesus was  to suffer  and die  on the cross,  He prayed  for His followers.     Jesus prays  for all those  who put their faith  in Him.     It’s good  to know  just what it is  that Jesus prays  for us.     He certainly  does not pray  that we would be  really rich,  popular,  highly successful,  and things like that.     John,  chapter 17,  records much  of Jesus’ prayer  for us.     Specifically,   John 17:15-17  records,

I do not ask You  to take them out  of the world,  but to keep them  from the evil one.     They  are not  of the world,  even as I am not  of the world.     Sanctify them  in the truth;  Your word  is truth.

When we  have to live  in this world,  we are constantly facing temptations  of every sort.     Some of the temptations  are so sneaky,  we don’t even realize  we are being tempted  to deny  our Savior  in some way  or another.     In other words,  they are not an obvious temptation  to rob a bank,  kill someone  we don’t like,  or to commit adultery  with a professional prostitute.     It might be more like  robbing someone  of eternal salvation  by refusing  to tell them  about  our Savior  —  killing someone’s  hope  for forgiveness  by saying hateful things  —  or committing “adultery”  against our Lord  (whom  the Bible refers to  as our Bridegroom  and Husband)  by loving  heathen traditions,  myths,  and practices.

It is  “the evil one”  who fools us  into thinking  we aren’t sinning  —  much.     Jesus’ prayer is  that we will not be fooled  into sinning  —  even though we are living  in  “the world”  of many temptations.     Jesus admits  that this  is where we need  to be  for now  —  but,  we are  “not  of the world”.     In other words,  we are not engrossed  in lusts,  hate,  selfishness,  greed,  worries,  spitefulness,  bitterness,  thanklessness,  a need  for dominance  over others,  or anything  of that sort.

Rather,  by faith  we have  put on Christ  and His ways.     Faith  in Jesus  now guides our thinking,  desires,  hopes,  and love  —  in the midst  of every temptation  “from the evil one”.      The stuff  and lusts  in this world  are no longer important  to us  because we know  heaven  is our real home.     And, how did we get  to know  heaven is our home?     Jesus prayed for us,  “Sanctify them  in the truth;  Your word  is truth.”

We know heaven  is our home,  because  as we study God’s  “word”,  which  “is truth”,   God is able  to work  in our hearts  and “sanctify”  us  —  make us holy  and set apart  from the world  —  so that we can see,  and really know  the truths  of our being  and God’s  saving love  for us  in Christ Jesus.     So,  Jesus’ prayer  for us  is being answered  as we abide  in God’s words  of promise,  and become strengthened  against all the temptations  of  “the evil one”.

Resting  in God’s word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for strengthening  and sanctifying us  in Your 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

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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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Slaps in the Face

April 15, 2014

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Slaps  in the Face

How well we know  that a  “slap  in the face”  is an expression  of total insult  to put down  a person  —  to defy  and defiantly abuse them  with the utmost disdain.     And,  as ignorant  as the soldiers were  of all  the Jewish Scriptures  and the promises  of a Savior,  that is exactly  how they  treated Jesus  in John 19:2-3,

And the soldiers  wove a crown  of thorns  and put it  on His head,  and arrayed Him  in a purple robe;  and they began  to come up  to Him,  and say,  “Hail,  King  of the Jews!”  and  to give Him slaps  in the face.

Those soldiers insulted  what they were totally ignorant of.      Is that  how we are?      Matthew 26:67  records,

Then  they spat  in His face,  and beat Him  with their fists;  and others slapped Him…….

Mark 14:65 says,

And some began  to spit  at Him,  and  to blindfold Him,  and  to beat Him  with their fists,  and to say  to Him,  ” Prophesy!”      And the officers  received Him  with slaps  in the face.

In what ways  do people  of today  give the Lord Jesus Christ  “slaps  in the face”?     Isn’t it with  our day-to-day treatment  of Jesus  in our personal lives?     Maybe it’s how  in absolute,  obstinate defiance  we live  in the sins  we love.     Maybe it’s  in how  we mock Jesus  in public  — just because we want  to be  in the  “in crowd”.       Some will mock Jesus  with their foul use  of His holy name  —  just because  it’s a habit  they’ve grown up with.

Whatever the case  —  it is wrong  —  it is  part  and parcel  with the  “slaps  in the face”  that the soldiers  gave Jesus.     We cannot  separate  our actions  of today  with what  is essentially  a very real part  of the soldiers intent.     Maybe we are  just as ignorant  as they were.

But,  it’s about time  that we become  “in the know“.     It’s time  to learn  that Jesus  truly is God  in the flesh  —  come  to save us  decrepit sinners  from  our sins.

May  we know  His life  —  and His reality  as LORD  and God  —  in our personal lives,  so that we may  truly praise  and worship Him  as everyone ought.

Then,  as honest,  praise-filled children  of God,  may we say  in all truth,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for coming  in all humility  to bear  our sins,  that we might  know You  in true humility,  as our LORD  and King  —  and live like it.”

 

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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The Meaning of “Hosanna!”

April 14, 2014

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The Meaning  of “Hosanna!”

So,  just how do  we pray?    Do we truly worship  God Almighty,  our Savior,  in our prayers?     On what we now call  “Palm Sunday“,  the great multitude  of people  who greeted Jesus  as He rode  into Jerusalem  on a young donkey  were worshiping Jesus  and adoring Jesus  because of His great works  —  and especially because  He raised Lazarus  from the dead.     As the people waved palm branches  to unashamedly  honor Jesus  from the depths  of their hearts,  they shouted out  in John 12:13,

Hosanna    Blessed is He  who comes  in the name  of the LORD,  even the King  of Israel.

This multitude  of people  were bearing  a strong witness  of Jesus’ divinity  because He had raised Lazarus  out of the tomb  —  the grave.     Today,  people sing  “Hosanna!”  on Palm Sunday,  but many don’t know  what it means.     “Hosanna”  consists  of two Hebrew words  put together.     The last part,  “na”,  means  “I pray,”  “I beseech You”.      Remembering how Jesus raised Lazarus,  this crowd  was praying,  from the very depths  of their hearts,  that Jesus  would  truly listen  to their prayer.

They were praying  that Jesus would  save them  —  that He would  be gracious  to their deepest need  for salvation,  and be favorable  in really listening  to their desire  for salvation.     So,  the first part  of the Hebrew word  “Hosanna!”  is begging Jesus  to save them.      At the same time,  it’s also  a heartfelt exclamation  of true adoration  because Jesus  had raised Lazarus  from the dead.     These people  were worshiping Jesus  for His power  to raise  the dead.     They were paying homage  to God.     In other words,  they were publicly  showing  reverencehonor,  and their deepest respect.

In Hebrew,  when they were asking Jesus  to save them,  it was like asking  to be free,  to be  in a safe,  wide open space,  like heaven.     They wanted Jesus  to defend them spiritually,  deliver,  help,  rescue,  preserve,  and bring them  to their eternal salvation.     That’s like,  “Wow!”     Only God Almighty  can do all that.     How true.

Do we understand  our very real need  to be saved?     Do we understand  that we need  to be safe,  in the wide open spaces  of faith,  hope,  love,  and heaven  —  safe from the evils  of Satan  and all his cohorts  —  safe from the temptations  to leave God  out of our lives?

Do we honestly adore  and worship Jesus  as our Lord and God  —  our Savior  and Redeemer?     Do we pay Jesus  the love,  devotion,  and true respect  that He more than deserves  for all the sacrificial love  He has extended  towards us?

This is what  “Hosanna!”  is all about.

May  “Hosanna!”  be our heartfelt prayer  every day  of our lives.

In the relief  of God’s saving love  in the suffering,  death,  and resurrection  of Christ Jesus,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  all praise  and thanksgiving  are Yours  because  our salvation  is totally dependent  upon Your saving love  in Christ.”

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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We Are to Grow Up in All Aspects into Him

April 13, 2014

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We Are  to Grow Up  in All Aspects  into Him

We had  a little doggie,  a toy poodle —  Emily  —  who passed away  this last January.     Emily was taught  many wonderful things.     She could come,  stay,  sit,   lay down,   jump through the hoops,  go get the ball,  get yellow dog,  get teddy bear,  get yellow ball,  get spiny ball,  bang  (to play dead dog),  get Daddy’s shoes,  get Daddy’s jacket,  get Daddy’s cap,  pass written notes  between Daddy and Mommy,   etc.,  etc.,  etc.  —  EXCEPT —  when  we wanted her  to perform  for company.     Then,  she would play dumb.     “Huh?     What am I supposed  to do?     Really?     Why?”   — and all that sort  of stuff.

That is just  like us.     We know  —  without a doubt  —  EXACTLY  what our  heavenly Father,  LORD God Almighty,  would like us  to do.     And  —  we can usually do it  IF  and WHEN  we want  to do it.     But,  so much  of the time,  being a faithful Christian  in the public arena  brings on  a sudden mental block  of fears,  stubbornness,  and who knows what else,  that makes us  stop living  as a child   of God  should live.     It could possibly be  just plain ol’ arrogance  and wanting  to show  our superiority  (as if we really have  any superiority  over God Almighty  —  our heavenly Father).

A dog  has an owner,  who has the job  and responsibility  of directing  and watching over  his critter,  as he feeds  and cares for his critter  in the very best way possible.     God Almighty  certainly does  have the right  and responsibility  to rule  over us human beings  —  much more  than we care  to admit  — because He created us,  loves us  and truly knows  what is best  for us  to the umpteenth degree.

As created beings  under the care  of the LORD God Almighty,  we need  to be thankful  for God’s loving care  and respond  with loving obedience  to all God’s directions  for living  in the best way possible.     Instead  of rebelliously acting like immature,  spoiled brats,  it is  in our best interests  to live according to Ephesians 4:15,

But speaking the truth  in love,  we are  to grow up  in all aspects  into Him,  who is the head,  even Christ.

So,  how are we  to  “grow up  in all aspects  into Him”?     1 Peter 2:2  gives us directions  for that,

Like newborn babes,  long for the pure milk  of the word,  that by it  you may grow  in respect  to salvation.

Peter  wants us  to really want  to study  the word  of God,  because that is the way  we can best learn  about the “salvation”  God gives us  through faith  in Christ Jesus.     Peter adds  to this truth  in 2 Peter 3:18  by saying,

Grow in the grace  and knowledge  of our Lord  and Savior  Jesus Christ.

We need  to want   “to grow up  in all aspects  into Him”.     We should  not want  to be immature,  rebellious kids  all our lives.     Life is better when we  “grow up  in all aspects  into Him”.

Then,  in the joy  of living  in the love  of God,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for willingly  and patiently  teaching 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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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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This Is the Gate of the LORD

April 12, 2014

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This  Is the Gate  of the LORD

There are places  that have one  —  and only one  —  way  to get in.     There simply are  no other ways  to enter.     That’s how it is  for entering heaven.     Faith  in Christ Jesus  is the only way  anyone  will ever  be able  to enter heaven.     That means  that we must  believe  that Jesus’ suffering  and death  on the cross  is the only thing  that can ever  cleanse anyone  of all their sins.     So,  if we want  to enter heaven,  we must believe  and accept Jesus’ suffering  and death  as having paid  for all  of our sins.

We must also accept  Jesus’ resurrection  from the dead  as the absolute proof  of Jesus’ authenticity  of being  the one and only Savior  for all mankind.

When we accept Jesus  as our Savior  —  and actually realize  all the implications  of having all our sins  truly  fully paid for  —  once and for all  —  we will realize  the immensity  of this gift  of grace  from the LORD.

We will  also realize  how extremely undeserving  we are  of such a gift.     It just boggles the mind  how God Almighty  could possibly love  the likes  of us  —  to the point  of having  His only begotten Son,  Christ Jesus,  suffer and die  as a payment  for our sins.     We are left  with nothing  but the need  to give heartfelt thanks  and praise.

Psalm 118  foretells  the suffering,  death,  and resurrection  of Jesus  —  along with  the rejoicing  of all those  who put their faith  in Jesus’ blood  and merit,  as the gate  of heaven  is opened  to them.     Psalm 118:19-24  relates,

Open  to me  the gates  of righteousness;
I shall enter  through them,  I shall give thanks  to the LORD.
This is the gate  of the LORD;
The righteous  will enter through it.
I shall give thanks  to Thee,  for Thou hast  answered me;
And Thou hast become  my salvation.

The stone  which the builders  rejected
Has become  the chief corner stone.
This is the LORD’s doing;
It is marvelous  in our eyes.
This is the day  which the LORD  has made;
Let us rejoice  and be glad  in it.

Here  we see  that only God  can open the gate  of faith  for us.     In the righteousness  of faith  people  will enter.     This is  the one and only  “gate  of the LORD”.     If false preachers  want to claim  there are other ways  to heaven,  they are lying.     Only  “the gate  of the LORD”  will give entrance.     The false preachers  have  “rejected”  Jesus  as the only Savior,  but nevertheless,  only Jesus  “has become the chief corner stone”  of  “the LORD’s doing”.

Don’t  let us try  to sneak  into heaven  any other way.     It won’t work.

So, when we think  of God’s plan  to have Jesus die  for our sins,  and we consider Jesus’ excruciating death,  we come  to realize,  This is the day  which the LORD  has made;  let us rejoice  and be glad  in it.”      Rejoice   in Jesus’  faithful love.

We are safe  and sound  because  of the LORD’s work.     That means we are beloved.     So,  we rejoice,  and say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for opening heaven  for us.”

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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