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Things Which Are Not Seen

February 21, 2019

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Things Which Are Not Seen

There’s the saying,  “You’ve gotta see it  to believe it.”     There is something so fabulous and awesome,  it’s just unbelievable.     No matter what anyone says,  no one can believe them.     So,  “You’ve gotta see it  to believe it.”     When you see it,  then you will know  for yourself.

There are some fabulous things  we will just have to wait  to see.     Even though  we can’t see any of it now,  we are told some marvelous things about it — and — that we need  to wait and believe.

But,  when we see nothing but problems,  troubles,  and worries all around us,  it is hard  to think about something  we cannot see  that is  beautiful,  awesome,  majestic,  and every other superlative  we can imagine.     The people in Corinth had  that very challenge.     They knew  that Paul was suffering  all sorts of hardships  in his preaching  journeys — and they,  themselves,  were facing  all sorts of trials  because they professed faith  in Jesus Christ.

To comfort his fellow Christians,  Paul wrote  in 2 Corinthians 4:17-18,

For momentary,  light affliction  is producing  for us  an eternal weight  of glory  far beyond all comparison,  while we look  not at the things  which are seen,  but at  the things which  are not seen;  for the things  which are seen  are temporal,  but  the things  which are not seen  are eternal.

All our troubles  are temporary.     Our problems  and worries  are temporary.     We see them  and feel  the utter sadness  and pain  they afflict us with.     But,  Paul calls them  “momentary, light affliction”.     None of them  will last forever.     Paul had to remember that  while he was being stoned,  whipped,  beaten,  and imprisoned.

In the midst  of his trials,  Paul looked  to the  “things which are not seen”  —  the things which  “are eternal”.      For every stone  that hit him,  Paul thought  of our Savior  and everything in heaven.     He thought  of the love of God Almighty  in sending His Son  to suffer and die  to redeem us  from all our sins.     He thought  of the glory and eternal majesty  of the LORD  on His throne,  with all His holiness,  purity,  wisdom,  power,  and love.

Paul  faced the eternal  reality  in his times  of trouble.     The temporary reality,  which can be seen and felt,  consisted of physical pains,  verbal abuse,  and people trying  to kill him.     Each one of us faces  different  temporary situations.     Whatever  our troubles  consist of,  they are temporary  and we need  to remember that.

Somehow,  all our troubles  are meant  to enable us  to grow  in the true faith,  hope  and love  of God.     As we look  to the  “things which are not seen” in our heavenly home,  we will realize God’s love  for us  in allowing these things  in our lives.     Romans 8:28  says,

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.

We let God work  in our lives  and keep our eyes focused  on our Savior,  who will lead us  to the eternal  “things  which are not seen.”     Then,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  all Your ways  are good and right.     Create in me  a clean heart,  O God,  and renew  a steadfast spirit  within me  as I face each day’s challenges.”

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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Every One Who Believes in Him Has Received…

February 20, 2019

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Every One Who Believes in Him Has Received…

We have a promise  from God Almighty  that many unbelievers vehemently deny.     One example  of this promise is found  in Acts 10:43,  where Peter was preaching  to a house full  of Gentiles.     There,  Peter said about Jesus,

Of Him [i.e. Jesus] all the prophets bear witness  that through His name  every one  who believes  in Him  has received  forgiveness of sins.

This is plain and simple — and  to the point.     It is  “believing”  in Jesus that gives forgiveness  and saves us eternally.     When we trust  that Jesus  is the long-promised Savior,  who takes away all our sins,  we are saved.     Jesus Himself says  in Mark 16:16,

He who has believed  and has been baptized  shall be saved;  but he who has disbelieved  shall be condemned.

Believing in Jesus saves — unbelief condemns eternally.     It is vital to note  that there is not  a long list of conditions  attached to  the forgiveness  that Jesus gives.     Jesus does not demand  proof  of our repentance,  hot tears during our confession,  or a ton of good works  that will show our sincerity.      There are no  “ifs”,  “ands”,  or  “buts”  attached to the forgiveness Jesus gives immediately.

Jesus forgives us  the way He wants us  to forgive others.     When someone sins against us,  Jesus instructs us  in Luke 17:4,

And  if  he sins against you  seven times a day,  and returns  to you  seven times,  saying,  ‘I repent,’   forgive him.

Jesus does not tell us  that we have sinned too many times  to be forgiven,  or that we are not repentant enough  or that  we have not done enough good works  to deserve His forgiveness.     Jesus forgives us right away — just because we believe  in Him,  trust  in His love,  and ask for forgiveness.

It is all like Paul tells us  in Romans 10:9-11,

If you confess  with your mouth  Jesus as Lord,  and believe  in your heart  that God raised Him  from the dead,  you shall be saved;  for with the heart  man believes,  resulting in righteousness,  and with the mouth  he confesses,  resulting in salvation.

For the Scripture says,  “whoever believes  in Him  will not be disappointed.”

Those who believe  in Jesus,  and entrust their souls  into His loving care  are saved eternally.     Jesus’  forgiveness  is immediate,  powerful,  and eternal.

If someone tries to convince  us  that we are not saved  because we are not repentant and sorry enough —  that we have not properly confessed our sins — that we have not stopped sinning — or that we haven’t done enough good works  to prove  that we are living a changed life — we are not  to go  on the guilt trip  they are trying  to put us on.

When God’s word tells us  we are forgiven  by believing  in Jesus,  that is what God wants us  to trust in.     John 3:16 “For God so loved the world,  that He gave His only begotten Son,  that whoever believes  in Him  should not perish,  but have eternal life.”

We have been relieved  of our burden of sin  because Jesus’ death  on the cross  paid the full penalty  for all our sins.     That is exactly why Jesus is called  our Redeemer.     He paid  for our sins.     It is done — finished.     Colossians 1:13-14  says,

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

Our sins are already paid for  by Jesus Christ.     We no longer have  to bear the burden  of our sins.     Believe it  because  God is holy  and has proven He is trustworthy.

Resting  in God’s love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for Your grace and mercy  in forgiving me  so willingly.”

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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Justified as a Gift

February 19, 2019

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Justified as a Gift

To justify someone is  to declare outright  that  that person is righteous.     It is saying  and showing  that the person is right,  and cannot be blamed  for anything.

We know  that only the righteous people  can enter heaven  and have eternal life.     If we have an ounce  of honesty  in us,  we must  ashamedly admit  that we are  not righteous — not really.     We’ve got so many sins  we can’t even remember them all.     So,  by all rights,  not a single one of us  is worthy  of entering heaven — ever.

The Bible points out  that truth  in many places,  so  we had better not  be so arrogant  as to contradict God Almighty.

No one stands a chance  of doing enough good works  to be called righteous enough  to enter heaven.     We just keep on sinning — even while doing our good works.     Our hearts are not right  because we all have a sinful nature.     Truthfully,  we are helpless  and hopeless  in all our sins.     Sometimes,  the sin of pride  makes people  boldly claim  that  they are righteous — but,  that is  just one more sin  to be held against them.     Such pride leads  to  an even greater condemnation.

Romans 3:23-24 explains our awful situation and God’s solution.    It says,

For all  have sinned  and fall short  of the glory of God,  being  justified  as a gift  by His grace  through the redemption  which is in  Christ Jesus.

Sinners though we surely are — we are  “justified  as a gift”.     Who has the authority  and power  to declare us sinners  to be righteousness enough  to enter heaven?     Only God does — and He declares us righteous   “as a gift”.

You don’t earn a gift.     You don’t work  for a gift.     A gift  is a gift  is a gift.     We’ve got to remember that  out of respect  and love  for Jesus Christ  and all He has done  for us.

But, this is a gift  Satan does not  want us  to receive.     So,  he will  try various ways  to deceive us  into imagining  we are able  to become worthy  of heaven  through our own righteous works.     He will con us  into the idea  that our sins are not really sins.     They are just little mistakes  that don’t count.     Then,  he will praise us up and down  for all the good things  we do.     He will comfort us  by reminding us repeatedly  of the good we’ve done  and make us dismiss  every wrong.

We will be so busy doing good works  to earn our right  to heaven  that we won’t even have time  to read God’s word in the Bible  and discover  that we are being fooled.

That is why it is so important  to read,  study,  and meditate  on God’s word to us  every day.     If we don’t,  we will easily be fooled  into thinking  we can  and must earn the right  to enter heaven.     We won’t have a clue  that God wants  to justify us  as a gift  by His grace  through the redemption  which is  in Christ Jesus.”

This gift  of justification  is ours  for the taking — if we really want  to be saved.     If we don’t simply receive this gift  from Jesus Christ by faith,  we don’t stand a chance  of entering heaven.     We can’t afford  to not accept this gift.

As we think about God’s almighty love  in offering us this gift  through faith  in Jesus Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  all the glory is Yours.     Nothing I do  can make me worthy.     But,  by Your grace,  You make me worthy  through faith  in Jesus.     Thank You  for such a wondrous love.”

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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A Companion

February 18, 2019

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A Companion

Psalm 119:63

I am  a companion  of all those  who fear Thee,   
And of those  who keep  Thy precepts.

The company we keep  is so important  because people have a way  of being greatly influenced  by those  they hang around with.     If our  “friends”  are gang members,  do drugs,  use foul language,  dress immodestly,  steal,  or do anything that is not in accordance  with God’s standards,  it won’t be long  before we catch ourselves falling  in line with them.     No big surprise there…….

Everybody desires to  “belong”  to a group — to have friends.     The writer of Psalm 119 realized how very important it was for his friends  to be  “all those who fear Thee,  and of those who keep Thy precepts.”     Everyone who honestly had respect for God  automatically was considered his friend.     But,  even better,  his  “friends”  were those who would actually live  like a friend  of God Almighty.

It’s one thing  to claim  to be a Christian — and a whole different ball game,  to actually live  like a child of God.     It just takes  “guts”  to live the way God wants us  to live.     Living an honestly godly life  will bring on mockery  from some,  avoidance  from others,  and harassment  from quite a number.

Many  who realize the reality  of God,  don’t end up  returning the Lord’s love.     They don’t want  to face the challenges  of living  according to God’s word — so, they weakly follow  the ways  of the world.     They might kinda miss  having God close to their hearts,  but fear the people  around them  more than they think  about the consequences  of their denial of God.

Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm — all 176 verses of it.     But,  as one spends time in it,  one realizes  how very much  this strong believer  in the LORD   totally depended on God  for all his strength.     In many ways  he shows  that it is not wise  to depend  upon a man’s opinion.     This psalmist knew  that the LORD  really could be trusted  to guide  and care for him.     He realized  that God is holy,  righteous,  and faithful.     So,  what more can anyone ever ask for?     We can’t find any  of those qualities  in a mere man.

Therefore, it is only common sense  to depend on  what is truly dependable — the LORD.     We don’t have to be concerned   about  all the troubles  we will certainly face  from this world.     These troubles are only temporary.     Life with God is eternal.     That’s why it is always  most important  to live as God wants us  to live.

As  “good”  as we might be,  our goodness  will not save us.     Only the grace of God,  through faith in Jesus Christ will save us.     But,  when we’re leaning  on God’s grace,  we naturally want  to live a life  that is pleasing  to our Savior.     So,  we will hang out  with those who honestly live  according to God’s word.     We will be  “a companion”  to all those  who respect God  for all the love  He has given us.

In appreciation  for  our salvation  in Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You for showing me Your ways  and for strengthening me  in Your ways.”

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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Make Me

February 17, 2019

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Make Me

When we are disappointed  with ourselves,  for whatever reason,  we want a  “make-over”  of  some sort.     We anxiously fuss over our hair,  our “looks”,  our clothes,  our careers,  our personalities  — and even our  “goodness” and our  “righteousness”.     We’re always wondering  what others think of us.     Are we good enough  to be their friend?

With all our concerns,  the sales  of all sorts  of self-help books are way up.     We let others tell us how  to wear our hair,  what clothes we should wear,  how we should act,  how to be successful and smarter,  how to be “in-the-know”  and acceptable to others.     And yet,  all’s not right.     We’re still empty  and weighed down  with concerns.     Something is missing.

The peace  of letting God help us  is missing.     We have spent  all sorts of time,  effort,  and money  on every kind  of  self-help  project — but,  nothing  has been done  about spending time  with our Creator and Savior.     God is missing  in our lives.

We are not using God’s  “self-help”  book — the Bible.     There is no lack  of people publishing  “self-help”  books  regarding their  meditations,  spiritual experiences,  religious philosophies,  instructions in self-righteousness,  spiritual healing,  and every other aspect  of our spiritual lives.     These books are big sellers.     But,  their authors have just as many failings  and problems  as anyone else  in this world.     Their  “help”  doesn’t really help.

The Bible is also  on the  “best seller”  list — but,  many don’t spend much time  reading  or meditating  on it.     The ultimate  “author”  of the Bible is none other  than God Himself — our Creator and Redeemer.     He does not have  (nor will He ever have)  failings  or problems  of any sort.     He alone  really is  “in-the-know”  about absolutely everything.     God alone  honestly has the authority  to tell us  how we should be.

If we really want a  “make-over”,  we need  to let our Maker  make us over.

That is why the psalmist went straight  to God Almighty  for his make-over.     Psalm 119:27  sings,

Make me  understand  the way  of Thy precepts,   
So  I will meditate  on Thy wonders.

When God enables us  to understand  why God thinks and acts  the way He does — and the absolute goodness  of His love,  being,  and salvation  in Christ Jesus —  we will see  how very marvelous He is  and desire   to meditate  on all of His wonders  throughout His word.

This same psalmist continues  in Psalm 119:35,

Make me  walk  in the path  of Thy commandments,   
For I delight in it.

The psalmist could easily see  how good,  right,  and holy  all of God’s commandments are,  but he realized  that he still stumbled around  in his sin.     He didn’t have the power  to be righteous and good  all by himself.     No one  has any power  to be righteous  all by themselves.     Only God working  in our lives  can help us  to live a more godly life,  but,  we will still be sinners.     The psalmist knew  he needed God’s Spirit  guiding all  of his living  every day,  or he would certainly get off  on the wrong track.

Every day we need  to pray  with the psalmist  that God would  “make me”  into the child of God  that He wants me  to be.     If we try  to make ourselves  into what we think  is good and right,  we will surely fail.     It is only  by God’s grace,  through faith in Jesus  that we can truly be made right  in God’s eyes.     God is the one  who knows all the  “hows”  and  “whys”  of Jesus being our righteousness.     But,  He has told us  that there is no other way.

Since we are the  “child”  and He is our heavenly Father,  we just need  to accept and trust  His word.     As we rest  and let God  “make me”  through His word,  we can be sure  it will be done right.    Then we will say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  I am so glad  You are willing  and able  to  “make me”  into what I need  to be,  to live in heaven  with 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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The Help of My Countenance

February 16, 2019

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The Help of My Countenance

The look on our faces — our countenance — tells a lot  about our feelings.     People even specialize  in studying the body language  of people,  because many of our slightest movements  reveal our true feelings.     Our countenance can change quickly  as we react  to our current circumstances.     When we are feeling particularly  down,  it is such a relief   to receive a welcomed change  of circumstances.     Then our countenance definitely brightens  and our facial expressions  show wonderful changes.

Psalm 42 was written  during a time of captivity.     The Israelites were really depressed  as their captors mocked them  and taunted all day long,  saying,  “Where is your God?”     (verse 3)     When we have troubling times  that seem to never end,  our countenance will show  our discouragement,  sadness,  and depression.     And,  we might feel  that maybe God has left us.

When the psalmist felt  forgotten by God,  he thought  about his feelings — his countenance — and realized  that his  “feelings”  were not  a reflection  of the truth.     In Psalm 42:11,  he then sings,

Why are you  in despair,  O my soul?    
And why  have you become disturbed  within me?    
Hope in God,  for I shall yet praise Him,   
The help  of my countenance,  and my God.

Good question.     Why are we so sad and despairing  at times?     Why do we feel so disturbed  in our hearts and minds?     None of those  “feelings”  are facing the truth  about God Almighty.     Our countenance does not have to be  so down  and sad  because God is still God.     He is still our God — He always has been God — and He always will be God Almighty.     There is no other God — never has been — and never will be.

Our God is a God of love,  salvation,  mercy,  and total forgiveness.     When we have to face trials  on this earth,  it is God’s love  disciplining us,  as a loving father  disciplines his dear children.     The discipline  does not last forever.     We are to let God’s discipline  do its intended work  of shaping us  into mature  Christians,  who are strong and joyful  in the true faith,  true hope,  and true love  of God.

Our whole lives  on this earth  are a time  of growing  in faith.     Here we are given opportunity  after opportunity  to learn  with surety  that the forgiveness,  salvation,  and love God gives us  in Jesus Christ,  is a gift  of His grace  and mercy.     We will never be able  to be good enough  to earn  forgiveness  or salvation.     We do need to learn  to humbly  and graciously  accept  God’s gift of salvation  in Jesus Christ.

If we refuse  to humbly accept God’s gift  of total forgiveness,  we will not be allowing our Lord  to be,  The help  of my countenance,  and my God.”     God is the one  who is God — NOT any  of us.     By His almighty power  in Christ,  God forgives all our sins  for Jesus’  sake.     If we audaciously try  to earn forgiveness,  that is no different  from despising the sacrificial suffering and death  of Jesus.     In that case,  we are not  saved  unto eternal life.

If we want our feelings — our countenance — to show a true peace  and happiness,  we need  to let God  be God — and let our Savior  be our Savior.     We are not  to look for anything else  to bring us forgiveness,  salvation,  peace,  or happiness.

When we let God  be God,  He will be  “the help  of my countenance”  and we will say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You alone  are my joy  and my salvation,  my Rock  and my sure defense.     Eternal happiness is  in You alone.”

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 Sum of Thy Word Is Truth

February 15, 2019

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The Sum of Thy Word Is Truth

People come up  with all sorts of sayings  that they proudly think  are wise.     They profess to know  the way  to success — but they don’t even know  what real success is  in this world.     In all their philosophies and knowledge,  they remain  godless  and totally lost.     Remaining  godless  and totally lost now  will mean  never successfully reaching  our heavenly goal.     That should  make us stop and think  because  eternity never ends,  but sadly,  most people still  blindly tout their so-called wisdom  as bringing success and happiness.

People have pushed worldly “wisdom” ever since the beginning.     Regarding them all,  Paul says  in Romans 1:22,

Professing to be wise,  they became fools.

Fools.     They fool themselves,  in spite of their failures,  fears,  and inner doubts — and, they proudly try  to get others  to foolishly  believe them,  so they can build up  their own ego.     Their words of wisdom  do not have a solid base  because they are all based  on mankind’s pride and struggle  to get to the “top”.

But,  all of mankind  has to face death  and Judgment Day.     That is where we need  to have some wisdom.     Where can we honestly get it?     Psalm 119:160  states,

The sum  of Thy word  is truth,    
And every one  of Thy righteous ordinances  is everlasting.

The wisdom we need is  in the sum total  of God’s word — the truth  about our existence and God’s love.     From Genesis through Revelation,  we will find true wisdom.     The Bible is available,  but many never open its pages  to find the truths  they need.     We can be assured  of the wisdom  of the Bible  because of all the prophecies  made in it  that came true  in Jesus Christ.

Are we wise enough  to see the power of God  in keeping His promises  through the ages?     Are we wise enough  to realize that God’s word  is much more authoritative  than any mere man’s word?     Everything God says is important  to our livelihood.

Hold on  to what has proven itself  to be true — the Bible.     Everyone needs  to honestly take a good,  hard look  at the failings  of mankind  and realize mankind’s pitiful weaknesses  and sinful nature.     Then we will see  that we all need  our Lord’s salvation  a whole lot more  than we had previously imagined.     We just can’t afford  to hold mankind’s opinions  as being more important  than God’s.

Let us not be foolish,  but wise,  in what we accept  as wisdom  and truth.     God’s word — the Bible — gives us the everlasting truths  that will truly  help us  in this life.     There,  we can rest  in the truth  and say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your everlasting word has proven itself  to be true over and over.     Thank You for showing us  throughout  history  that You can be trusted  to keep Your promises  to us.”

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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