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Perfect, Restoring the Soul

October 20, 2014

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Perfect,  Restoring the Soul

There is no self-help book  that is “perfect”  or that is honestly capable  of  “restoring  the soul”.     They have a lot  of directions  that are often difficult  or impossible  to fulfill  because of different life circumstances  for every person  on earth.     No human  is able  to give a “perfect” formula  that sets things right  in everyone’s life.     Whatever their self-help consists of,  it cannot really  restore  “the soul”.

But,  King David knew  what is  “perfect”  and able  to restore  “the soul”.     He writes of it  in Psalm 19:7,

The law  of the LORD  is perfect,  restoring the soul;
The testimony  of the LORD is sure,  making wise the simple.    

The  “law  of the LORD”  that is  “perfect”,  and  “restoring the soul”,  is God’s directions,  instructions,  and teachings  for living.     David is not talking about  Old Testament laws  for making sacrifices,  keeping holy days,  being cleansed  from having touched a dead person,  or anything like that.     Much rather,  he is talking about  God’s teachings  that lead us  to live  in faith,  hope,  and love.

With these instructions,  God shows us  how He alone  is the Creator  of all things  —  our Redeemer  —  Sustainer  from day to day  —  Refuge  in times  of trouble.     With this  “law  of the LORD”  we see how faithful God is  in  loving  and caring  for us.

This law is  “perfect,  restoring the soul”,  because it shows us  how in trusting the LORD,  we can begin  to see  how all  of God’s ways  have integrity  —  are sound,  good common sense  —  wholesome and good for us  —  and are in accord  with truth  and fact.     That’s why  our souls are restored  —  brought back  to where we belong  in Christ.

All God’s lessons  that lead us  to live  in faith,  hope,  and love  are found throughout the Bible  —  God’s word  to us.     That is where we need  to go  to learn  what is  “perfect,  restoring the soul”  and to be refreshed.

In God’s  “law”  of our being,  we are  to always look  to our Savior,  Christ Jesus,  for the forgiveness  and restoration we need  in life.     God’s word directs us  to look  to Jesus only  for our salvation.     God instructs us  that there is no other salvation  or name given among men  whereby we may  be saved.     God teaches us  that our so-called  good works  are worthless.     We only need  to look  to Christ,  that our souls may be truly restored  and made whole  in Him.

This  “law”  is  “perfect,  restoring the soul”  because  it is right and good  for absolutely everyone.     The “testimony  of the LORD”  is on every page  of the Bible.     We can trust it  because it  “is sure,  making wise the simple”.     God’s word  is appropriate  for everyone  because it is able  to restore anyone  who turns  to the LORD.     If we feel  we don’t know much  about God’s ways,  it makes  “wise the simple”.     God will teach us  all we need  as we learn His word.

In the joy  of God’s love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for caring  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 Testimony That God Has Given

October 19, 2014

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The Testimony  That God  Has Given

We know  that in our court system  there are many witnesses willing  to lie  under oath.     Their testimony  is a lie.     Sometimes their lies are detected  —  and other times not.     So much for sinful mankind.

But,  in His holiness,  God cannot lie.     As God and man,  Jesus said  in John 14:6,

I am the way,  and the truth,  and the life;  no one comes  to the Father  but through Me.

Then,  1 John 5:9-12  sharply points out,

If we receive  the testimony  of men,  the testimony  of God  is greater;  for the testimony  of God is this,  that He has testified  concerning His Son.

The one who believes  in the Son  of God  has the testimony  in himself;  the one who does not believe God  has made Him  a liar,  because he has not believed  in the testimony  that God has given  concerning His Son.     And the testimony  is this,  that God has given us eternal life,  and this life is  in His Son.

He who has the Son  has the life;  he who does not have the Son  of God  does not have the life.

God’s testimony  is the greatest  and most trustworthy testimony  ever given  because throughout the Old Testament,  God prophesied  many details  about the Savior  —  and in the New Testament  we get to see  the exact fulfillment  of every one  of those prophesies.     So,  God gives factual evidence  that all  of His testimonies  concerning Jesus  are true  and trustworthy.

So now  it’s time  for us to examine ourselves.     Do we believe God’s proven testimony  concerning His Son?     Or  —  are we calling  God Almighty  a liar?    Do we honestly  and sincerely believe  “that God has given us eternal life,  and this life is  in His Son”?     We must figure out  just what we believe  because  there are churches claiming  to be Christian,  but teaching  that the power to grant  “eternal life”  is in the hands  of their church leader  —  and/or teaching that we must do  many good works  to earn   “eternal life”  —  and/or teaching that we must obey  the man-made commandments  of that particular church.

Trusting  in mere men is the path  to hell.     Trusting  in our own good works  is another path  to hell.     Believing in full forgiveness  through the merits  of Jesus Christ alone  is the one-and-only way  to  “eternal life”.     God says so.     As Jesus said,  “no one comes  to the Father  but through Me.”     He rightly said that  because being the fulfillment  of Old Testament prophecies  validated  the fact  that Jesus is God  our Savior.

Do we have Jesus  in our heart?     When we need forgiveness,  do we ask Jesus for forgiveness  in His name?     Then,  do we trust  and believe  that Jesus has granted us forgiveness  as He promised?     We need  to believe  the testimony  that God  has given  concerning His Son”.     If we’re not sure  what that testimony is,  we must study our Bibles  some more  to discover God’s gracious love.

Then  in joy,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  Your word  is truth!     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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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 River of Your Delights

October 18, 2014

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The River  of Your Delights

Rivers give us  an abundant supply  of water.     They are beautiful  and awesome  to view  as they give life  to the surrounding lands.     That is the picture  our LORD  wants us  to have  in mind  when Psalm 36:7-9 says,

How precious  is Your lovingkindness,  O God!
And the children of men  take refuge  in the shadow  of Your wings.
They drink  their fill  of the abundance  of Your house;
And You give them  to drink  of the river  of Your delights.
For with You  is the fountain  of life;
In Your light  we see light.

God’s house  is more than abundantly filled  with goodness  and “delights”.     Some people just imagine heaven  to have streets of gold  or them sitting  on fluffy clouds.     That is all that is  —  imagination.     We need  to consider  what might really be  in  “the river  of Your delights”,  so that we might gain  a better insight  to the wonders  of heaven  and our lives  on earth.

First,  we need to take a look  at what this world  is like.     It reeks  with sins  of every sort.     Think of all the cheating,  lying,  killing,  slandering,  sexual sins,  robberies,  rioting,  deceptions,  blasphemies,  greediness,  fighting,  fears,  death,  sickness,  mental problems,  and earthly devastations.     This list has no end.     With all this going on continuously,  we become wary  of every possible thing  that could go wrong  in our little lives.     We have  to constantly try  to protect our homes,  families,  country,  and human rights.     It’s an unending earthly struggle.

In the midst  of our struggles,  we  “take refuge  in the shadow  of Your wings”  and we  “drink  of the river  of Your delights.     We trust  in God’s almighty love  and care,  knowing that  just as  He has protected  His children  down through the ages,  He will protect us  and lead us to our heavenly home.     As we  “drink  of the river  of Your delights,  we study  and dwell  on God’s word  to us  in the Bible.

There is where  we see  God’s everlasting truths  —  and know  that they apply  to every single believer.     What do we see  in God’s word  that is a “river  of Your delights”?     Throughout many verses,  the Bible lists  grace,  love,  forgiveness,  patience,  peace,  goodness,  kindness,  truth,  beauty,  glory,  purity,  holiness,  eternal life,  and every imaginable good thing.           In the same breath,  there will be no anger,  bitterness,  wrath,  clamor,  slander,  malice,  arrogance,  provocations,  revenge,  hatefulness,  death,  sickness,  cheating,  lying,  or any other sort  of evil.

There is immeasurable relief  in God’s love  and goodness.     We have this refreshment  in this world  as we dwell  on God’s promises.     When we enter heaven,  it will all be fulfilled  to overflowing  for all eternity.     We enjoy God’s  “delights” now  as we dwell  in His words  of promise  and look forward  to our home  in heaven.

Resting  in God’s words,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for showing us  Your truths.”

Love,
Margaret

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

A 2.67 year old says  I Pledge Allegiance

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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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 Will Know By This That We Are Of the Truth

October 17, 2014

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We Will Know  By This  That We Are  Of the Truth

With so many different kinds  of churches  and all  of the cults  we see  these days,  one can get  to wondering  if they are  of the truth  —  or not.     The apostle John  gives some help  in 1 John 3:19-21,

We will know  by this  that we are  of the truth,  and will assure our heart  before Him  in whatever our heart condemns us;  for God is greater  than our heart  and knows  all things.     Beloved,  if our heart  does not condemn us,  we have confidence  before God.

Absolutely everybody  is a sinner.     As sinners,  how are we  to know  for sure  “that we are  of the truth”.     There is no sense  in belonging  to any church  that is not  “of the truth”.     Who wants  to live  in lies  and be eternally condemned?     What a wasted life!     So,  we need  to figure out  whether  or not  a church  really is  “of the truth”,  because they all claim  that they are  “of the truth”.

John says  that if  we really are  “of the truth”  we  “will assure our heart  before Him  in whatever  our heart  condemns us”.     Why will we  “assure our heart  before Him”?     That means  we will  tell our heart  that everything is okay  —  and forgiven  —  even though we sinned.     Why should we do that?     Isn’t that  dismissing  our guilt  and sin?

Not so.     John had said that  “in whatever our heart condemns us”  we have assurance.     In other words,  we know our sins  —  we know our sins condemn us  —  we are repentant,  so we confess our sins  before our God  and Savior,  Jesus  —  and then  —  we trust Jesus’ promise  of full forgiveness,  every single time  we ask  for forgiveness.

Some of the Bible verses  that assure every believer  of the forgiveness  of all their sins  can include,

[ Jesus said at the Lord's Supper ]  For this is My blood  of the covenant,  which is poured out  for many  for forgiveness  of sins      Matthew 26:28

Of Him  all the prophets bear witness  that through His name  everyone  who believes  in Him  receives forgiveness  of sins.       Acts 10:43

In Him  we have redemption  through His blood,  the forgiveness  of our trespasses,  according to the riches  of His grace.       Ephesians 1:7

We should not deny  any of these promises  in God’s word.     But,  there are churches  and cults  that do deny  the full forgiveness  of all our sins.     They teach  that God forgives “some” sins  “after”  we show our repentance  through their prescribed good works.     Or they teach  that we will have to pay  for our sins  in purgatory  or some other type  of after-life testing  that will take eons  of time.

These are all  false doctrines  that burden the people  with guilt.     If we have any respect  for God our Savior,  we will take Him  at His word  and be free  as He promised in John 8:31-32,

If you continue  in My word,  then you are  truly disciples  of Mine;  and you will know the truth,  and the truth  will make you free.

In truth we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  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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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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One Mediator Between God and Men

October 16, 2014

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One Mediator  Between God  and Men

People are easily misled  when they do not read God’s word  —  the Bible.     We need  to be listening  and thinking  about all the truths  God our Creator and Redeemer wants us  to know.     Those who don’t feel  it is important  to listen  to God  end up  in all sorts  of false doctrines,  superstitions,  and a lack  of respect  for God’s sacrificial love  in Christ Jesus.

One example is how  they are misled  to imagine  that they cannot pray directly  to God  or enter eternal life  without the specific consent  of another person  —  living or dead.     In their fear  of not getting to heaven  and not being able  to pray directly  to Jesus,  they direct their prayers  to various saints,  angels,  and even the leaders  of their church  —  both the living and the dead.     All these things  are a great evil  in God’s sight.

Certainly,  the Bible does direct us all  to pray  for one another.     1 Timothy 2:1-4  teaches,

First of all,  then,  I urge that entreaties  and prayers,  petitions  and thanksgivings,  be made on behalf  of all men,  for kings  and all  who are in authority,  so that we may lead a tranquil  and quiet life  in all godliness  and dignity.     This is good  and acceptable  in the sight  of God  our Savior,  who desires all men  to be saved  and to come  to the knowledge  of the truth.

Every Christian  is to be praying  for his fellowman.     Every Christian is to use  “entreaties  and prayers,  petitions  and thanksgivings”  “on behalf  of all men”.     We pray  for one another  because  of the love  of Christ  for all  of us.     We pray directly  to our Lord  and God,  Jesus Christ,  who has lovingly paid for all our sins.

Note how different this is  from those  who imagine they cannot pray directly  to God  or enter eternal life  without the consent  of some church leader  or so-called saint.     According to God’s word,  every Christian  prays  for everyone else.     No one’s prayers  are better  than anyone else’s prayers.     God wants us all  to pray  in love  for one another.     As 1 John 4:19 says,

We love,  because He first loved us.

God listens  to our prayers because  “He first loved us”.     When Jesus died for our sins,  He opened the way  for us to directly pray  to Him.     He became our Mediator  because His blood washed away  all our sins.     Therefore 1 Timothy 2:5-6 testifies,

For there is one God,  and one mediator also between God  and men,  the man Christ Jesus,  who gave Himself  as a ransom  for all,  the testimony given  at the proper time.

We must see that there is only  one mediator”  “between God  and men,  the man Christ Jesus”.     When God’s word says there is only  “one mediator”,  we had better not be looking  for another.     No other man  or angel  or saint  should ever be considered our mediator.     Only Christ Jesus  is our Mediator.     Let us respectfully  direct our prayers  to our God  and Savior.

In the freedom  of God’s love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  our Mediator,  it is good  to know we are loved.”

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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And He Sat On It

October 15, 2014

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And  He Sat  On It

There are many people  who claim  Jesus is  not God.      They discount  all the miracles He did  —  all the Old Testament prophecies  He fulfilled  —  and the message  He preached.     There is yet another  power of God  that they fail  to think of.     This power was shown  on what we now call  Palm Sunday.     That is the day  Jesus rode  into Jerusalem  on the colt  of a donkey  and the people shouted,

Hosanna!
Blessed is He  who comes  in the name  of the LORD;
Blessed is the coming kingdom  of our father David;
Hosanna  in the highest!       Mark 11:9-10

So,  one might ask  what is so special  about that.     The awesome specialness is shown  in Mark 11:12.  where Jesus directed two disciples,  saying,

Go into the village opposite you,  and immediately  as you enter it,  you will find a colt tied there,  on which no one yet  has ever sat;  untie it and bring it here.

Well,  they did that,  and we read in verse 7,

They brought the colt  to Jesus  and put their coats  on it;  and He sat  on it.

That is the miracle showing God’s power.     Every colt  —  whether it is a horse,  donkey,  or mule  —  will buck the daylights  out of a person  until it becomes trained  to accept  a load  on its back.     And,  as verse 12 said,  this was a colt  on which no one yet  has ever sat.     To add to the wonder,  this colt stayed calm  with the shouting crowds  waving palm branches.     Why didn’t this colt buck?     Because Jesus is God  and has control  over all things.     There isn’t any animal  that He doesn’t have power over.     Some biblical examples could include:

1 Samuel, chapters 4-6   —  The Philistines had captured the Ark of God.     As a punishment,  God inflicted them with hemorrhoids.      They knew they had better return the Ark  to the Israelites,  but how?     The Philistine priests said they needed  to make a new cart,  hitch two milk cows to it  and leave their calves home,  and put articles of gold on the cart  along with the Ark  as a guilt offering.     If the two cows take the Ark back to the Israelites,  they were to know that the LORD  had inflicted them  with hemorrhoids.    If the cows didn’t take the Ark back,  the hemorrhoids just happened by chance.

Those cows left their calves  and went straight to Israel,  mooing all the way.     Bottom line  —  God’s power led those cows  to the right place  and made them leave their beloved calves.

Exodus tells about the plagues  in Egypt  as the Israelites were freed  from slavery.     The same power of God over His creatures  can be seen  in Exodus, chapters 7-10, where God displayed His power over snakes,  fish,  frogs,  gnats,  swarms of insects,  livestock,  and locusts.

Daniel,  chapter 6 tells how God shut the mouths  of the lions  when Daniel was thrown  into the lions’ den.

So,  when Jesus rode  that unridden colt,  He was humbly proclaiming His Godhood.     We see that  and praise Him  for condescending so low  to suffer  and die  to pay  for all our sins.

In respect  for His wondrously quiet love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  Your name is blessed 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

.

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

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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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I Will Meditate on Your Precepts

October 14, 2014

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I Will Meditate  on Your Precepts

Christian meditation  is thinking  about God’s word  and applying it  to our daily lives.     It is learning about God  —  the depths  of His love  for us  —  His marvelous plan  of salvation  through faith  in Christ Jesus  — the goodness  of His way  of being  —  and so much more.     All of this learning  is done by opening up God’s word,  reading it,  and taking the time  to really digest it.

Digesting God’s word  can be compared  to eating the food  we need  in order  to live.     If we eat only junk food  and practically gobble it whole,  we will ruin our health  and damage our digestive system.     In order  to maintain our health,  and get the nutrition we need,  we eat good,  healthy foods;  and we chew them well,  so that our bodies  can absorb  all the nutrients we need.

Spiritual junk food includes every sort  of false doctrine  and false belief system.     God’s word is the truly good, spiritual food  we need,  in order learn  to know  our Creator,  Sustainer,  Redeemer  —  and to live rightly.     In referring  to the goodness  of God’s word,  Psalm 119:15  says,

I will meditate  on Your precepts
And regard  Your ways.

The psalmist promises to read,  study,  and digest  God’s word  —  “I will meditate  on Your precepts”.     He is not paying any attention  to the idolatrous religions  around him  —  the junk religions.     He just wants the proven truths  of the LORD.     And,  he promises  to “regard  Your ways”  —  that is  to have a healthy respect  for God’s ways.

King David also wanted  to stick only  to the truths  of God  and not get side-tracked  with false doctrines,  so he prayed in Psalm 19:14,

Let the words  of my mouth  and the meditation  of my heart
Be acceptable  in Your sight,
O LORD,  my rock  and my Redeemer.

God is not pleased  with those  who imagine  they are religious,  but are taking part  in all sorts  of falsehoods  —  heathen meditation practices  —  self-righteous works  —  and a denial  of Jesus’ sacrificial love.     If we want our faith  to “be acceptable”  in God’s sight,  we need  to stick  to the truths  of salvation  through Christ Jesus alone.     In every teaching  in God’s word,  we need  to be as Paul advises  in 1 Corinthians 14:20,

Brethren,  do not be children  in your thinking;  yet  in evil  be infants,  but in your thinking  be mature.

We need  to grow up  and take the importance  of our spiritual health  and eternal salvation seriously.      There is only one way  to heaven  as Jesus says  in Matthew 7:14,

The gate is small  and the way  is narrow  that leads  to life,  and there are few  who find it.

This small gate  and narrow way  is faith  in Christ’s sacrifice  on the cross.       These are the teachings  —  the “precepts”  —  that we need  to “meditate on”  —  digest  —  and “be mature”  in.

Enjoying God’s word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  it is so good  to think on  —  to meditate on  —  the wonders  of Your eternal word.”

Love,
Margaret

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

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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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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