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Sanctify Them in the Truth

July 28, 2014

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Sanctify Them  in the Truth

There are so many impossibilities  for us humans.     We cannot live  without water  and air.     We cannot  create a universe  just by speaking it  into existence,  as the LORD did.     We cannot  keep ourselves  from dying  and facing Judgment Day.     And,  most devastatingly,  we cannot  make ourselves holy  and without sin.

No matter how hard we try  to be good  in every way,  we still sin.     King David had  to confess  in Psalm 51:5,

Behold,  I was brought forth  in iniquity,
And  in sin  my mother conceived me.

So,  here we are  —  sinners,  totally unable  to get rid  of our sin.     And,  Romans 6:23  has to remind us,

For the wages  of sin  is death.

But,  in all this,  Jesus prayed  for us  in John 17:17,

Sanctify them  in the truth;  Your word  is truth.

Jesus is praying  that we  would be made  perfectly holy  and sinless.     But, how?     “In the truth.”     We are made  pure and holy  “in the truth”.

But,  everybody says truth  cannot be known  —  and that there are  many truths  —  many ways  to heaven.     Jesus is here  bluntly saying,  “No.”     Much rather,  Jesus says  in His prayer,  “Your word  is truth.”     All of the word  of God  —  the Bible  —  contains the truth  we need  to know  in order  to be sanctified  —  to be made holy  and sinless.

There is absolutely  no other way  to become sanctified,  holy,  without sin,  fit for heaven.     Going to the various writings  of other religions  and philosophies  won’t do anything  for us.     Practicing various rituals  and methods  of meditation  won’t do us  one bit  of good.     The ways  of this world  are worthless.      They are nothing but  the ways  of other sinners.     What good  is that?

But,  God’s word  —  the Bible  —  has proven it’s truthfulness.     How?     Through the fulfillment  of many prophecies  regarding our Savior,  Jesus Christ.     That shows us  that the Bible  truly is inspired  by God.     The prophets  who wrote  were under the influence  of God Almighty  because all their words  came true  in the life,  death,  and resurrection  of Christ Jesus.      No other so-called “holy book”  has proven  its trustworthiness  as the Bible has.

So,  2 Timothy 3:16 challenges us  to check it out  by saying,

All Scripture  is inspired  by God  and profitable  for teaching,  for reproof,  for correction,  for training  in righteousness.

As we constantly turn  to God’s word  for all our instruction  in the truth,  God will work  in our hearts  the truths  of His salvation  through Christ Jesus alone.     As God teaches our hearts  and minds,  Jesus’ prayer will be answered  —  Sanctify them  in the truthYour word  is truth.”      Test it out.     See what you can learn  from God  every day  as you honestly  spend time learning  from His word  in the Bible.


In the blessed freedom  of our Creator and Redeemer’s truth,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD God,  thank You  for compassionately leading us  in Your truth.”

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 Steadfastness of Christ

July 27, 2014

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The Steadfastness  of Christ

There are some people  who can never be  depended upon  for a true friendship.     For the least little bit  of reasoning,  they will desert those  they had called friends.     They rarely keep a promise.     They will slander friends  for no reason.     They want  to receive the benefits  of having friends  —  but do nothing  to really  be a friend.

Actually,  this is how some  who call themselves Christians  treat their very best Friend,  Christ Jesus.     They want all the benefits  of forgiveness,  love,  and  salvation,  but they rarely talk  to Jesus  in prayer,  do as little as possible  to serve Him,  are never thankful  for His care,  and do not praise Him  from their hearts.

In Paul’s parting words  to the Thessalonian congregation,  he wrote  in 2 Thessalonians 3:5,

And may the Lord  direct your hearts  into the love  of God  and into the steadfastness  of Christ.

This is what  every Christian  needs.     First,  we all need  to have our Lord  “direct”  our  “hearts  into the love  of God”.     And,  He can do just that  as we abide  in His word.     When we take time  to read  and think  on God’s word  to us,  God will enable us  to see the intricate workings  of His love  and how His almighty power  brought about  the promised Savior.     As we come  to see Jesus  as the fulfillment  of so many Old Testament prophecies,  we will come  to realize  just how almighty  and trustworthy  the LORD is.     Then our hearts  will be opened up  to  “the love  of God”.     We will see the purity  of God’s love  for us  from the beginning  of time.

God’s love is real  and faithfully true  for us.     It’s not just some vague thing  to wish for.

Paul also wants  the Lord  to  “direct”  our hearts  “into the steadfastness  of Christ.     To be steadfast  is to be firm,  unchanging,  and determined.     Throughout Christ’s whole being,  He has always  been steadfast  in His love for us  and His desire  to grant us  the gift  of salvation  —  the forgiveness  of all our sins,  and the holiness  we need  as God’s children.

So,  when Paul  wants the Lord  to  “direct”  us  “into the steadfastness  of Christ,  he wants God  to  “direct”  us  for the sake  of Christ’s loving sacrifice,  to become steadfast  in our faith,  hope,  and love  for our Savior.     We need  to grow  in the same kind  of steadfastness  that Jesus has towards us.     We are not  to be fickle  and chicken out  in our faith  and love.     Whatever sorts  of trials  we have  to face,  we need to be  so well grounded  in God’s word  that we will have  “the steadfastness  of Christ”.

Our stick-to-itiveness  of faith  and love  for God’s truths  will glorify our Savior  and help those  who need  to be strengthened  in the truth.     With the joy  of having  the assurance  of Christ’s  “steadfastness”  towards us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for Your eternal love  through thick and thin.”

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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Anxiety

July 26, 2014

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Anxiety

Sometimes  it seems like  no matter where we turn,  there are reasons  for “anxiety”.     We hear the world news  and feel  “anxiety”  over all  that is taking place.     We hear  the local news  in our home town  and feel  “anxiety”  over all sorts  of distressing occurrences.     There can even be  “anxiety”  in family matters.

There is absolutely no way  we can resolve any  of these overwhelming problems.     We might  put forth efforts  with all our strength,  all our resources,  and all our knowledge,   but we are helpless  and unable  to change  the course  of anything.     But then,  we’ll gather our courage  once again  and try again.     Our own efforts  are still worthless.     We don’t know  what else  to do.     Depending  on all  our own wherewithal  doesn’t get us anywhere.

And,  that’s the problem.     We are depending  on our own strength  and ability.     Basically,  our problem  is pride  in thinking  the answers  to all our problems  lie within  our own resources.     The apostle Peter  tells us  what  to do  when everything  is falling apart  all around us.     He writes in 1 Peter 5:6-7,

Humble yourselves,  therefore,  under the mighty hand  of God,  that He may  exalt you  at the proper time,  casting all  your anxiety  upon Him,  because  He cares  for you.

That’s marvelous  —  “He cares  for you.”     This is a personal  and almighty care.     God desires  to care  for us.     But,  we must  “humble”  ourselves  “under”  the authority,  power,  and care  of the LORD our God.     We must trust  His ways.     We cannot imagine,  “Well,  I can take care  of this  all by myself  —  I have enough power  and influence  to get things done  my way  —  the right way.”

We have  no power,  ability,  or influence  without God’s authority  having given it  to us.     God is our strength  in every situation.     If we fail  to depend  on Him  for all our needs,  our pride  will lead us  to fail  in having faith  —  the very thing  that saves us  in all eternity.     Without a  “humble”,  trusting  faith  we have lost everything  forever.

Pride works  to destroy  all that is Godly,  righteous,  faithful,  and truthful.     But,  come Judgment Day,  pride will be destroyed  with all the evils  and falsehoods  it promoted.     While living  in this proud,  aggressive world,  we need  to be constantly  on guard  against the pride  that tries  to overtake us.     We must look  to God  for all our cares.

Throughout  our earthly lives  we must remember  to constantly  “humble yourselves,  therefore,  under the mighty hand  of God,  that He may  exalt you  at the proper time,  casting all your anxiety  upon Him,  because  He cares  for you.”

Trusting  in God’s care,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  You sustain  and carry us  through our every temptation  and trial.     Thank You  for Your almighty care.”

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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Remember That You Should Exalt His Work

July 25, 2014

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Remember  That You Should  Exalt His Work

We remember hearing,  “Take time  to smell  the roses.”     It’s that very important reminder  to not be  so absorbed  with our busyness,  that we  completely overlook  the wonderful things  around us.     We can look,  but not really see  —  hear,  but not pay attention  —  feel,  but ignore  —  all because  we are so preoccupied  with other go,  go,  go  activities.

It reminds me  of when I was  in high school  eons ago.     We lived across the street  from the high school,  so we would go home  for lunch break,  and then go back  to join the other students  before the class bell rang.     Much of the time,  on the way back  to school,  I was  most interested  in the birds singing,  flowers,   the beauty  of the trees  and sky,  or even a squirrel  gathering acorns.     So,  my return walk  was very leisurely,  with many stops  to enjoy things.     That drove  one of our neighbors nuts,  and she couldn’t take watching me any more.     She just had to phone  my mother  and ask  if there was something wrong  with me.

When my mother later asked me  about it,  I told her  I was just enjoying  the things around me.     For awhile  I felt uncomfortable  knowing that the neighbor  was intently watching me  every day,  but determined  that I was not going  to let her  take away  my enjoyment.     Thanking God  for all the marvelous things  He had created  was much more important.

Towards the end  of the book  of Job,  Elihu wisely spoke  and said  in Job 36:24-26,

Remember  that you should  exalt His work,
Of which men  have sung.
All men  have seen it;
Man beholds  from afar.
Behold,  God is exalted,  and we do not know Him;
The number  of His years  is unsearchable.

In relation  to all  of creation,  we are very small,  insignificant beings.     Even if  we were bigger,  stronger,  and a bit smarter,  we should  “Remember  that you should exalt  His work.”     Yes,  God’s work includes  huge stars,  oceans,  and galaxies  —  but,  we are also  “His work”.     There isn’t anything  in creation  that we  can truly create.     We have no power  or authority  to create ourselves.     Nothing works  or has its being  without the power  of God Almighty  sustaining it.     So,  we should,  “Remember  that you should exalt  His work.”

People will sing  God’s praises  for the wonders  of creation,  but,  we’ll never figure out  how God  could do it all.     It’s like  we’re seeing these wonderments  “from afar”.     How an itsy-bitsy bug can have legs,  breath,  eat,  digest, eliminate,  and know what to do  for its livelihood is amazing.     For the night skies,  the amoeba,  giant Sequoias,  and mosses,  “Behold,  God  is exalted,  and we do not know Him.”

All creation  is but a small part  of God’s glory.     Exalting His works  of love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  You are more than awesome.     We rest  in Your love  and salvation  through faith  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 Whom We Have Boldness and Confident Access

July 24, 2014

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In Whom  We Have Boldness  and Confident Access

Some people feel  they should not  approach God directly  through prayer  to Him.      They either want  another person  to pray  for them,  whether it be a friend,  pastor,  or religious leader  —  or  they will pray  to a  “saint”,  who has died years ago.     It is good  for us  to pray  to God together  in groups  as we have a common desire.     God wants us  to get together  in prayer  with our family,  friends,  and church.

But,  none  of God’s children  should ever feel  that they cannot approach  our LORD  and Savior  by themselves.     And,  we certainly  are not  to pray  to a dead saint,  asking that dead Christian  to pray for us.     When the apostle Paul  spoke  of our freedom  to approach God  in prayer,  he wrote  in Ephesians 3:11-12,

……. in Christ Jesus  our Lord,  in whom  we have boldness  and confident access  through faith  in Him.

Just because  God has proven  His faithful love  for us  in the life,  suffering,  death,  and resurrection  of Jesus,  we are able  to  “have boldness  and confident access”  to God Almighty  —  just because we believe  in Jesus.     We have  “faith  in Him”.

We are not  to have  “faith”  in the ability  of another person’s prayer.     Much rather,  we are  to put all our  “faith”   “in Christ Jesus  our Lord”.     It is only Jesus’ merit  on our behalf  that makes us righteous  and able  to approach God  directly.     God calls us  His saints.     That’s why Paul addresses the church  in Rome  by writing  in Romans 1:7,

To all  who are beloved  of God  in Rome,  called as saints:   Grace  to you  and peace  from God our Father  and the Lord Jesus Christ.

We are “beloved”   “saints”  because  we have  “faith”  in Jesus.     Because we are so greatly loved,  our heavenly Father  wants us  to pray directly  to Him  with faith  in all  that Jesus has done  for us.     We have  “faith”  that Jesus takes away  all our sins.     We have  “faith”  that Jesus has made us holy  in God’s sight.     We have  “faith”  that Jesus will answer all our prayers  in the way  that is best  for us.     We have  “faith”  that we are the children  of God.

Our  “faith”  enables us  to “have boldness  and confident access”  to the very throne  of God,  our heavenly Father.

If we imagine  that we cannot pray directly  to our Lord  and Savior,  we are not understanding all  of God’s word  to us  regarding our salvation  in Christ Jesus.     Our lack  of understanding  is undermining  the faith  that God wants us  to have  in Jesus’ merits.     That means  we really need  to open up our Bibles  and study.     Learn what God wants us  to know.     Learn about how God wants  to draw us near  to Him  in a full  and true faith,  hope,  and love.

Then  in the joy  of being God’s child,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  it is wonderful  to be able  to pray directly to You  through faith  in Christ Jesus.”

Love,
Margaret

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

A 2.67 year old says  I Pledge Allegiance

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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

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

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

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

Psalm 18:30

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

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

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

Psalm 105:3

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

Philippians 3:12

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But You Have Become Weary of Me

July 23, 2014

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But  You Have  Become Weary  of Me

Human nature  tends to  always be looking  for things that are different,  more exciting,  new,  interesting,  and filled  with activity.     That can be fine  in some areas  of life.     But,  people become  easily bored  with what they’ve had  for a long time.     They take things  for granted  and even forget about them.     They no longer appreciate  the things they need,  but are bored with.

Our LORD  has a problem  with such wishy-washiness  when it comes to our spiritual safety.     After all God does  for us  day after day  —  after all the sacrificial love  He has given us  in Christ Jesus  —  we have the audacity  to get bored  with God.     Really!?

God has proven  His authority  and power  in making all  of His prophecies come true  as He brought us our Savior.     God has also proven  His love  for us  in all of creation  and in sustaining us  through all our trials.     But,  in our stupidity,  we imagine  we want  a more exciting god  —  one with whom we can earn  some merits  by doing all sorts  of rituals  —  a real idol  —  a real hunk  of stone  or wood  that just sits there.

When the people  of Israel  were that way  with the LORD,  they went through the motions  of worshiping God  —  but their hearts  were with the various idols  they worshiped  —  the idols  that had interesting worship rituals  that seemed so mystic,  and the forms  they could see  and touch.     It didn’t matter to them  that those idols  could not move,  see,  hear,  or do anything.     They just liked  the mystic rituals  that made them feel  like they were working their way  to some sort  of spiritual elevation.

After reminding Israel  of His many works  for them,  God spoke to them  in Isaiah 43:22,  and said,

Yet  you have not called  on Me,  O Jacob;
But you have become weary  of Me,  O Israel.

In spite  of all  that God had done  for them,  the people were bored  with the truths  of God.     They wanted their sins forgiven  by the LORD  —  but in the same breath,  they wanted  to practice idolatry.     That same rebellious feeling  and waywardness  persisted  in the time  of the prophet Micah.     Again,  the LORD said  to the people  in Micah 6:3,

My people,  what have I done  to you,
And how have I wearied you?     Answer Me.

God has done nothing  that should make us  “weary”  of Him.     His love and mercy  has been so faithful  and patient  with us.     We don’t deserve  such tender love  —  but,  it’s still waiting  for us  to turn back  to our Savior.

Let us face reality,  get grounded  in the word  of God,  and remember  all His mercies  with thankful hearts,  so we won’t stray away  to the worthless things  of this world.     Then,  safe  in the heart  of God,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for opening  our eyes,  ears,  minds,  and hearts  to honestly appreciate  Your faithful 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

.

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

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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 Who Believes in Him Will Not Be Disappointed

July 22, 2014

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He Who Believes  in Him  Will Not  Be Disappointed

Some people  end up  being disappointed  in Jesus.     They wrongly expect  to have their every desire  ( greed )  given to them.     So,  they are wanting physical,  worldly things  and imagine  that Jesus  will be some sort  of sugar daddy  to fulfill  their pleasures.     They have no respect  or desire  for the salvation  Jesus came  to give.     But,  instead,  Jesus is  what scripture  says He is  in Isaiah 28:16  and Romans 9:33,

Behold,  I lay  in Zion  a stone  of stumbling  and a rock  of offense,
And he  who believes  in Him  will not  be disappointed.

These are opposite things:   “a stone of stumbling  and a rock of offense”  and the promise that  he who believes  in Him  will not be disappointed.”      Jesus is different things  to different people.     God planned it that way  from the beginning.     To those  who are self-centered  and bent  on the “desirable” things  of this world,  Christ is nothing but  “a stone  of stumbling  and a rock  of offense”.     He doesn’t  meet up  to their standards  of a great  and powerful,  heavenly king.     After all,  He looked like  any ordinary person  and had to shamefully  get hung  on a cross.     Some king.     And  —  this preaching  of repentance  and faith  is just embarrassing.     Who wants  to admit  to their sins?     Who wants  to totally depend  on someone like Jesus  to save them  from hell,  of all things?     Unbelievers  are offended  with the likes  of Jesus,  so they stumble  over the truths  of God’s way  of salvation.

But,  there’s that promise  —  “he  who believes  in Him  will not  be disappointed”.     That word  “disappointed”  includes the meanings  of being dishonored,  disgraced,  ashamed,  and humiliated.     Christians might be despised now  on earth,  but in the end,  they  “will not  be disappointed”  —  they will not  be dishonored,  disgraced,  ashamed,  or humiliated.

In other words,  1 Corinthians 1:27-29  will bring us a wondrous joy,  as it shows,

God has chosen  the foolish things  of the world  to shame  the wise,  and God  has chosen  the weak things  of the world  to shame  the things  which are strong,  and the base things  of the world  and the despised,  God has chosen,  the things  that are not,  that He might nullify  the things that are,  that no man should boast  before God.

The little,  weak,  and unimportant people  of faith  in this world  will  “shame the wise”  and  “strong”.     That’s mind-boggling.     And,  it’s only through God’s almighty power  “that no man  should boast  before God.”     Nobody has anything  to crow about  —  neither believer  nor unbeliever.     Saving us  from the punishment  in hell  that we deserve  is totally a work  of the grace,  love,  and mercy  of God Almighty.

In the wonder  of God’s love,  we know  we  “will not be disappointed”,  so we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your grace  and mercy  in leading us  to faith  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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