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Who Became to Us…….

January 18, 2020

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Who Became to Us…….

We naturally like to show others  our accomplishments,  and say,  “I did this  all by myself.      Boy,  talk about a lot of work!”      Even if we’re referring to  some earthly accomplishment,  we can’t rightfully say that.      If God does not allow  certain things  and talents  to exist in our lives,  we can’t accomplish anything  on our own.      So,  in every circumstance,  all the thanks and glory  really belongs  to God alone.      God gives us  every single little blessing  we have — even our breath.

Some people  get rather puffed up  about their righteousness.      They like to imagine  that God Almighty  is quite pleased  with how they keep  all the commandments,  and they point to  the fruits  of all their efforts.      But,  truth be said,  we are all sinners,  who don’t deserve  any commendations.

Our efforts  don’t buy us  a place  before our Creator and Redeemer.      If it weren’t for God  doing all things  for us,  we wouldn’t have anything.      The Lord gives  to the good  and the evil  all the blessings  that they have.      None of us  can even boast  about how we came to Christ  and became a child of God.      1 Corinthians 1:30-31  tells us,

By His doing  you are  in Christ Jesus,  who became to us  wisdom from God,  and righteousness  and sanctification,  and redemption,  that,  just as it is written,  “Let him who boasts,  boast in the Lord.”

From this  we realize  that it is only by God’s  doing  that anyone  can come to faith  in Christ Jesus.      By God’s  doing  we are enabled  to see  how Christ Jesus is  the  wisdom from God,  because God knows  we are totally incapable  of saving ourselves,  so God’s wisdom  planned  to have Jesus  suffer and die  to pay the penalty  we deserve.      God’s wisdom  found it acceptable  in the light of holiness,  justice,  mercy,  love,  and righteousness  to have Jesus  live a perfect life  in our stead.

Then we see  that  by His doing  Christ Jesus  becomes to us  righteousness and sanctification, and redemption.      Only Jesus  can be our true  righteousness.      We should never imagine  that our so-called righteousness  is worth anything  before God’s holiness.      If we don’t accept  the gift of Christ’s righteousness,  we have nothing  to boast about.

The same goes  for our  sanctification.      Sanctification means  being made holy.      It is only  by His doing  that we are made holy.      We cannot  make ourselves holy  by our own efforts.      God alone  can change our lives  and set us apart  from the world,  so that we can be  truly used  to His glory.

And,  it is only  by His doing  that we have redemption.      To redeem something  is to buy back  something.      We are God’s creation,  we belong to Him;  but we all became  enslaved to sin — and are hauled off  far away from God.      In Christ,  God  bought us back.      We have no way  to pay for our way  out of our slavery  to sin,  because  we can never come up with  the price  for our souls.

If we’re going to brag about anything,  we should brag about  God Almighty.      He alone  has the wisdom  to do all things  in a true holiness  and pure love.      God alone  has the power  to make us  truly righteous,  sanctified,  and fully redeemed.      We are fully paid for,  and should not dare  to imagine  Christ’s blood  was not enough.

Knowing  we are so beloved,  in spite of  our helplessness,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  thank You  for loving us  so greatly  in Christ Jesus.      You  became to us  all that we need  for eternal life.      Now we truly belong to You.”

Love,
Margaret

 

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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His Compassions Never Fail

January 17, 2020

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His Compassions Never Fail

It seems our faith  is always being tested.      We can get really discouraged  facing a number  of personal problems — all at the same time — and seemingly unending.      Things never seem  to get better.      And yet,  surprise!      In the midst  of all these troubles,  God does not  want us  to lose hope  or faith.      Rather,  He wants us  to endure  through it all,  and actually be strengthened  in the true faith.

That is exactly  what the prophet Jeremiah  had to go through.      He had to  preach to the Israelites,  who wouldn’t listen — and when they did,  they mocked  and persecuted him.      They killed many  of his fellow prophets.      Things were not  looking good.      There were times  when Jeremiah  was sorely tempted  to give up,  but he knew  God is always faithful,  loving,  and almighty.      So,  he wrote in Lamentations 3:21-23,

This  I recall  to my mind,
Therefore  I have  hope.
The LORD’s  lovingkindnesses  indeed  never cease,
For His compassions  never fail.
They are  new every morning;
Great  is Thy faithfulness.

God is holy  and He cannot lie.      He has promised  to faithfully  be with us  in our troubles — and He will.      He will be with us  with compassions  that never fail — but,  are we with Him?      Do we turn away  from God’s compassions,  and yet complain,  like the Israelites did?      How sad  the LORD Almighty is  when we don’t want  to grow  in His grace — learning the lessons  of endurance,  faith,  hope,  and love.

We need to recognize  all that God does  for us  each and every day  because  His compassions never fail.      God’s  faithfulness  to us  is much greater  than we can ever imagine.      We cannot  even begin  to comprehend  all that He is doing  for us  at this time — but,  we will see it  when we get to heaven,  and then  we will glorify God  with our whole hearts.      So much  of God’s wisdom  and love  in our daily lives  will come to light  in eternity.

All of  these sorts of things  are a part  of the reason why  Paul says  in Ephesians 4:30,

And do not grieve  the Holy Spirit  of God,  by whom  you were sealed  for the day  of redemption.

We need to recognize  our Lord’s faithfulness  and compassion  in our daily lives,  and always  readily give Him  the thanks and praise  He so richly deserves.      God does not deserve  any sort  of rebellion  against His eternal love  in Christ Jesus.      Why should we  reject His love  and mercy  by complaining?      His love and mercy  are the richest gifts  anyone can ever have  on this earth.

We know  how deeply grieved  we are  when someone does us  wrong — in spite of  all we have done  to lovingly care  for them.      But,  grieving our Maker and Redeemer  is a much greater offense,  because He  is holy  and His love  moved Him  to give His only begotten Son,  that we might have  life.      We don’t deserve  the love  we are given  every day — so,  let us thankfully remember  that  His compassions never fail”  and that His  faithfulness  is greater  than we can ever imagine.

Truly trusting  in God’s mercies,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  open our eyes  and hearts  to the wonders  of Your faithfulness  and compassions.      Thank You.”

Love,
Margaret

 

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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I Would Have Despaired Unless…

January 16, 2020

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I Would Have Despaired Unless…

We all need to have hope  in our desperateness  for help.      No one can escape  having to face situations  in which we are totally helpless.      So,  many will turn  to gurus,  philosophers,  psychologists and psychiatrists,  lawyers,  or self-help books  of some sort.

When King David had enemies  seeking his life,  he turned to God.      In Psalm 27:13-14,  he wrote,

I would have despaired  unless  I had believed
       that I would see  the goodness  of the LORD
In the land  of the living.
Wait  for the LORD;
Be strong,  and let your heart  take courage;
Yes,  wait  for the LORD.

That needs to be foremost  in our hearts  and minds,  as we are cornered  in the inescapable problems  of this world.      We will despair  and be without hope,  unless we turn  to the LORD  with all of our troubles — and believe  in His promises.      The one thing  that David wanted  more than anything else  was to be  in close fellowship  with the LORD — just because  God is  our only hope  for salvation and guidance.      He expresses that in verse 4,

One thing  I have asked  from the LORD,  that  I shall seek;
That  I may dwell  in the house  of the LORD  all the days  of my life,
To behold the beauty  of the LORD,
And to meditate  in His temple.

So,  what do we get  when we take time  to “behold the beauty  of the LORD,  and to meditate  in His temple”?      We get to see  that God’s power,  love,  and wisdom  are from everlasting  through everlasting.      It is because  God is good and holy — because  His wisdom  is greater than any other — because  His love  has provided us  with the Savior,  Christ Jesus — that  we can truly rest  in trust.      We can afford to  “wait for the LORD”  to work all things  according to His love  and wisdom.

We can afford that.      But,  we cannot afford  to plow on  in an unbelief  that accuses God  of not being good  and loving.      We should not  deny the truths  of God’s faithfulness  and sacrificial love  for us  in our Savior.      That would be blasphemy — calling God Almighty,  our Creator and Redeemer,  a liar.

In our troubles,  we need to remember  what Peter said  about God’s grace,  in 1 Peter 5:10-12,

And after  you have suffered  for a little,  the God of all grace,  who called you  to His eternal glory  in Christ,  will Himself  perfect,  confirm,  strengthen  and establish  you……. this is  the true grace  of God.      Stand firm  in it!

Yes,  we have to go through suffering.      But,  it won’t last forever.      God surely knows  how to use  our suffering  to  “perfect,  confirm,  strengthen  and establish”  us.      That is  a most wondrous miracle.      Through the pains  of this life,  we grow in faith,  hope,  and love — as we  “behold the beauty  of the LORD”  and  “meditate in His temple”.      We don’t have to despair.      God knows  how to give us  the greatest,  eternal treasures  of life.

We can believe and  “wait for the LORD”,  praising Him  and saying,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  thank You  for Your patient love  and wisdom.      You do all things  well.”

Love,
Margaret

 

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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But I Say to You…

January 15, 2020

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But I Say to You…

When Jesus lived on earth,  His whole life  was absolutely perfect.      Even when being tempted,  He never once sinned.      And yet,  the religious leaders  would bristle with hatred  every time Jesus rightly interpreted  the Law of God — because  it was so opposite  of what they had been teaching the people  over the years.      Jesus’ teachings  exposed everyone’s utter depravity.      In Matthew chapter 5  we have some good examples  of how Jesus taught  God’s laws.

In Matthew 5:21-26 Jesus says, “You have heard  that ‘ You shall not commit murder’…..     But I say to you  that everyone  who is angry  with his brother  shall be guilty….”

In Matthew 5:27-30 Jesus says, “You have heard…    ‘You shall not commit adultery’…..     but I say to you,  that everyone  who looks on a woman  to lust for her  has committed adultery  with her  already  in his heart…”

In Matthew 5:31-32 Jesus says, “it was said,  ‘Whoever divorces his wife,  let him give her  a certificate of dismissal’…..     but I say to you  that everyone  who divorces his wife,…    makes her commit adultery…”

In Matthew 5:33-37 Jesus says, “you have heard…   ‘You shall not make false vows’….     But I say to you,  make no oath at all…..”

In Matthew 5:38-42 Jesus says, “You have heard….   ‘An eye for an eye,  and a tooth for a tooth’….    But I say to you,  do not resist him  who is evil…..”

Then,  in Matthew 5:43-47 Jesus says, “You have heard….   ‘You shall love your neighbor  and hate your enemy’….     But I say to you,  love your enemies,  and pray for those  who persecute you…..”

With all this  and much more,  one can see why  the religious leaders  were taken aback.     This is all  even more impossible  than the Pharisee’s interpretation  of the Law.      So,  Jesus concluded  in Matthew 5:48, “Therefore  you are to be perfect,  as your heavenly Father  is perfect.”      Perfect!?     Impossible!

All this shows  just how evil  we are  deep down  in our hearts.      It also shows  God’s perfection.      In spite of  all the evil,  conniving hearts  in this world,  “God so loved the world,  that He gave  His only begotten Son,  that whoever believes in Him  should not perish,  but have eternal life.”    ( John 3:16 )

God’s love for us all  is perfect grace — totally undeserved,  but perfect.      As we realize the truth  and holy awesomeness  of God’s gift  of grace,  in all of its power,  we change.      Life no longer centers  around us — what we can do  and can’t do — but it centers  on God  our Savior — what He has done for us  and continues to do  for us  in His resurrection power.      Then,  1 John 4:19 works its way  into our lives — “We love,  because  He first   loved us.”

Then we can sincerely  join the myriads  in heaven  saying,

Worthy is the Lamb  that was slain  to receive power  and riches  and wisdom  and might  and honor  and glory  and blessing.     (Revelation 5:12)

It’s all about God’s worthiness,  in spite of  our unworthiness.      We simply cannot point  to any of  our so-called good works, and expect  that  to take the place  of what Jesus has done  for us.      There is no comparison.

So,  we honor God’s love  by accepting His gift  of grace,  and say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,   thank You  for loving us,  in spite of  our blindness  and deafness.”

Love,
Margaret

 

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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As Many as Received Him

January 14, 2020

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As Many as Received Him

When we are grossly disgusted  with something,  we might declare,  “Rubbish!”  or  “Garbage!”      Chances are  that we might say that  about someone else.      But,  to say that  about ourselves,  would be a surprise  to others.      They might wonder  how we could  put ourselves down  like that.      Paul declared his former life style  to be rubbish — because it really was,  and boy,  did he know it.      In Philippians 3:1-16  Paul describes  some of the things  he used  to pride himself on.      He had been so confident  of his right standing  with God,  in regards to  his upbringing,  zeal for the Lord,  and obedience  to the law.

But,  then he realized  what a waste  his former life was.      What he thought was so good  was not good at all  in God’s eyes.      So,  he powerfully declares  in Philippians 3:7-12,

But whatever things  were gain to me,  those things  I have counted  as loss  for the sake  of Christ.

More than that,  I count all things  to be loss  in view of  the surpassing value  of knowing Christ Jesus  my Lord,  for whom  I have suffered the loss  of all things,  and count them  but rubbish  in order that  I may gain Christ,  and may be found  in Him,  not having a righteousness  of my own  derived  from the Law,  but that which is  through faith  in Christ,  the righteousness  which comes  from God  on the basis of faith,  that I may  know Him,  and the power  of His resurrection  and the fellowship  of His sufferings,  being conformed  to His death;  in order that  I may attain  to the resurrection  from the dead.

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.

All of Paul’s good works  and obedience  to the law  were counted as  rubbish.      Why?      He wanted the precious gift  of claiming Christ’s righteousness  as his own — by faith.      Paul discovered  that God counts only  “faith in Christ”  as a true righteousness.      So,  Paul’s highest goal became  getting to  “know Him,  and the power  of His resurrection”.

We get to  know  our Savior  through studying His word  to us  in the Bible.      There  we will come to realize  how very dearly  Christ loves us  and what a magnificent power  His resurrection  reveals.      God’s word  reveals  all that God wants us  to know  about our salvation,  so that  we can  know the truth  and the truth  can set us free  from all sorts of  “rubbish”  about our lives.      Instead of  being slaves  to our own self-righteousness  and sin,  we can become  the free children  of God.      John 1:12 describes this  for us,

But  as many as  received Him,  to them  He gave the right  to become  children of God,  even to those  who believe  in His name.

Here again,  it is emphasized  that believing  in His name  is  what makes us  a child of God — not our obedience to the law — not our good works — but only faith  in what Jesus has done.      We are not receiving Christ  into our hearts,  if we look to  our own efforts.      To  believe in His name  is  to totally trust  in all of God’s promises,  because He is holy  and He cannot lie.      His name  is His reputation  for truth,  almighty power,  love,  and faithfulness.

Receiving Him,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  thank You  for showing us  the holiness  of Your name  throughout Your word,  so that we may  receive You  with complete trust.”

Love,
Margaret

 

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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The Righteous Man Shall Live By Faith

January 13, 2020

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The Righteous Man  Shall Live By Faith

How easy it is  to be snookered  again and again.      We can be humming along  in our Christian life,  thankfully acknowledging sins  that we have  apparently overcome.      So,  we’ll think,  “Well,  I’m no longer  a party animal.      I’ve stopped drinking too much.      Stopped smoking, too.      Now  I really want to be fair  in all of my dealings  and not take advantage  of anyone,  and work hard  for the boss,  too.      I’ve even conquered  my dirty mouth problem.      Yup,  I’m sure glad  to finally be  on the right track.      And,  I’m a pretty good witness  of God’s grace  to everyone around me.      Boy,  I really want to be sure  I’m doing everything  the way God wants me to.”

How has this Christian  been snookered?      By imagining  his well-intentioned efforts  are pleasing  to God.      We all know  that God wants us  to stop sinning,  so  when we come to God,  we naturally  put forth  our best efforts  to be the kind of people  that make God happy.      Is that a problem?      It sure can be.

It definitely is a problem  when we feel  that  “our”  improvements in life  make us  more pleasing  in God’s sight.      The bottom line is  that we cannot justify  any  of our actions  or  “prove”  to God  that we are deserving  of His grace  and pleasure.      No matter how greatly  we improve our lives,  we are still sinners  through and through — down to our very core.

We might argue,  “Yah but,  I’m obeying  all of God’s laws  the very best  I can.      That’s got to count  for something!”

But,  it doesn’t.      Paul repeatedly addresses  this problem  throughout all  of his New Testament writings.      And,  Paul really understood  the problem,  because  he lived it.      Before Paul knew Christ,  he was very self-righteous.      He had the best  Jewish teachers — he lived strictly  by all  the laws of God — he was known  by all  as being very righteous.      He had no clue  what a sinner  he was.      When he realized  the wondrous beauty  of God’s love  in Christ Jesus,  he wrote in Galatians 3:10-11,

For as many as are  of the works  of the Law  are  under a curse;  for it is written,  “Cursed  is every one  who does not abide  by all things  written  in the book of the law,  to perform them.”     Now  that no one is justified  by the Law  before God  is evident;  for  “The righteous man  shall live by faith.”

Absolutely no one  is justified  by obeying  all the Law.      God is a perfectly just God.      He cannot justify  our outward actions,  when our hearts  and souls  are filthy  with sin.      He knows exactly  what is  in our hearts  and His holiness  cannot overlook it.      Therefore,  obedience to the law  cannot justify us.

How can we be justified?      More than anything else on earth,  we need to be justified  so we can  get into heaven.      God justifies us  through faith  in Christ Jesus.      Jesus is the one  who lived an absolutely perfect life.      By trusting only  in what Jesus has done  for us,  God washes us clean — sparkling clean.

Obedience to the law  is of no help  whatsoever.      Doing our best  will never  allow God  to say,  “Not guilty.”      That is why  Paul says  in Galatians 2:16,

A man  is not justified  by the works  of the Law  but through faith  in Christ Jesus.

So,  the real question is:   Do we have faith  in the sufficiency  of Christ Jesus  to take away  absolutely all our sins?      Are we giving God  the honor  of believing  in His holy  promise  of salvation  through faith alone?

As we do,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  Your grace  has done the impossible  for us.      How awesome  is Your love  for sinners!”

Love,
Margaret

 

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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Blessed Is the Nation Whose God Is the LORD

January 12, 2020

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Blessed Is the Nation  Whose God  Is the LORD

No matter what country  one may live in these days,  one can find Christians,  atheists,  cultists,  and religions  of all sorts.      Some Christians  get very concerned  about the growth  of the unbelieving populations  and the small numbers  of those  honestly faithful  to the Lord — not to mention  all the corruption  going on.      But,  as we rest  in our Lord’s hands,  we don’t have to be  so disturbed,  because Jesus  has already told us  in Matthew 24:9-14,

Then  they will deliver you up  to tribulation,  and will kill you,  and you will be hated  by all nations  on account of  My name.      And  at that time  many will fall away  and will betray  one another  and hate  one another.      And many false prophets  will arise,  and will  mislead many.      And  because lawlessness is increased,  most people’s love  will grow cold.      But  the one who endures  to the end,  it is he  who shall be saved.      And this gospel  of the kingdom  shall be preached  in the whole world  for a witness  to all the nations,  and then  the end shall come.

What a message!      It all  plainly speaks  for itself.      In this tumult,  along with cold,  loveless hearts,  we need to make sure  that we  “endure to the end”  in God’s truths.      We cannot believe  for anyone else.      And,  we cannot expect  to hang onto  the coattails  of someone else’s faith.      We are the ones  who need to  “endure to the end”  in God’s word,  and stay close  to the Lord  in faith,  hope,  and love.

We need to realize  that God is  in total control.      We don’t need  to be in a frenzy  over God’s word  being fulfilled.      God’s love  will never fail us — no matter what sorts  of trials  we may have to endure.      We just need to  be faithful.      Psalm 33:9-12  sings of God’s authoritative power  in all these things,

For He spoke,  and it was done;
He commanded,  and it stood fast.
The LORD  nullifies the counsel  of the nations;
He frustrates  the plans  of the peoples.
The counsel  of the LORD  stands forever,
The plans  of His heart  from generation  to generation.
Blessed is the nation  whose God  is the LORD,
The people  whom He has chosen  for His own inheritance.

There is  no other Lord or God.      Only what God Almighty says  will stand fast.      For that reason,  we can rest  in the Lord.      It’s as Romans 8:28 promises,

And we know  that God causes  all things  to work together  for good  to those  who love God,  to those  who are called  according to  His purpose.

Resting in all of God’s word  to us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  Your word is proof  that You keep  all of Your promises  to us.      Thank You  for leading us  to understand  the greatness  of Your love  in every situation.”

Love,
Margaret

 

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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