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You Have Dealt Well With Your Servant

February 23, 2017

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You Have Dealt Well With Your Servant

Different people face different problems  and challenges  in life.     What is awesome  is that  as we look back  on our lives,  it seems  that our problems and challenges  are tailor made  —  just for each  of us.     They are actually  good for us.     God is faithfully supporting His children  through all their troubles  —  and in His leading,  He is constantly strengthening us  in learning His truths.     We need  to be thankful.

The writer  of Psalm 119  was thankful  for all the afflictions God allowed  in his life,  because they taught him  the reality  of God’s loving care  in all dire circumstances.     He wrote in Psalm 119:65-72,

You have dealt well  with Your servant,
O LORD,  according to Your word.

Teach me  good discernment  and knowledge,
For I believe  in Your commandments. 

Before I was afflicted  I went astray,
But now  I keep Your word.      

You are good  and do good;
Teach me  Your statutes.      

The arrogant  have forged a lie  against me;
With all my heart  I will observe  Your precepts.      

Their heart  is covered  with fat,
But I delight  in Your law.      

It is good  for me  that I was afflicted,
That I may learn  Your statutes

The law  of Your mouth  is better  to me
Than thousands of gold  and silver pieces.

We don’t like our troubles,  but they do make us look  to God  and pray.     They do make us hope  in God  for relief.     And then,  when relief comes,  it’s wonderful  —  even though  we sometimes sin  by forgetting  to thank the LORD.

Learning  to trust  in the LORD  in every affliction  will give us  the reward  of eternal life  —  free from all sin  and troubles  of every sort.     So,  most certainly,  trusting God  is worth infinitely more  than all the “gold  and silver”  in the world.

Glad  for God’s lessons  in trust,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Thank You,  LORD,  for Your faithful lessons  in love and trust.”

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

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

Psalm 18:30

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

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

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

Psalm 105:3

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

Philippians 3:12

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After You Have Suffered for a Little

February 22, 2017

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After You Have Suffered for a Little

Peter was the Apostle  who learned the hard way  what it was like  to fall into sin  —  just because  of his fear.     When Jesus was on trial  for His life,  Peter followed behind  to see  what was happening.     When bystanders saw  that Peter was a follower  of Jesus,  they approached him  about it.     In fear for his life  —  and with cursing  and swearing  —  three times Peter denied that he ever knew Jesus.     The cock crowed.

Then Peter was greatly ashamed  and wept.     He wept  because he knew  Jesus was the promised Messiah,  our Savior.     He wept  because he knew  Jesus loved him dearly.     He wept  because not long before that time,  he had loudly declared  that he would bravely stand up  for Jesus,  even if all the other disciples  fell away.

Later,  Peter was forgiven  and strengthened  in the Lord.     But,  he never forgot  our vulnerability to fall into sin.     There is no one  who can claim  they will never fall  into sin.

Because we are all susceptible  to sin  every day  —  in unexpected circumstances  —  Peter felt urged  to tell us  about it,  so we will not be caught unaware.     In 1 Peter 5:8-10, he writes,

Be  of sober spirit,  be  on the alert.     Your adversary,  the devil,  prowls about  like a roaring lion,  seeking someone  to devour.

But resist him,  firm in your faith,  knowing  that the same experiences  of suffering  are being accomplished  by your brethren  who are in the world.

And after  you have suffered  for a little,  the God of all grace,  who called you  to His eternal glory  in Christ,  will Himself  perfectconfirmstrengthen  and establish you.

Peter is warning us  that we cannot afford  to fool around  in this world.     We’ve got to constantly be  on the alert  for the devil’s  sneaky temptations.     Because the devil knows us  very well,  he knows  our weaknesses.     He knows how  to make us think  God is not taking care  of our needs  or that God  does not answer prayers.

The devil knows how  to make us  so ashamed  that we think God  will not forgive us.     But,  God is always longing  to forgive us.     He is “the God  of all grace”.     We should not let the devil  shame us  into denying  that truth.

The truth is  that God  has called all of us  to put our faith  in Christ,  so that all  of our sins  will be washed away  and we will be able  to live with Him  in eternal glory.     Paul talks about that  in Ephesians 2:8,  where he says,

For by grace  you have been saved  through faith;  and that  not of yourselves,  it is the gift  of God.

The only way  we can resist  the devil  in all temptations is  to remember  what God has said  on that subject.     For example,  if the devil  is tempting us  with greed,  remember  what God has to say  about greed.     If we don’t remember  exactly what God has said, we can look it up  through any of the Bible search sites  on the Internet.     We need to learn God’s word well enough  to face  any temptation.

When we are tempted,  we also need to remember  that we are not the only ones  who have been tempted.     Absolutely everyone  is tempted every day.     God is fully aware  of the suffering  we are going through  with our temptations.     And He has promised  to help us  as we learn  to trust in Him  and His ways.

Peter knew that,  so he said,  “And after  you have suffered  for a little,  the God of all grace,  who called you  to His eternal glory  in Christ,  will Himself  perfectconfirmstrengthen  and establish you.”

Because God has given us  this call  to have faith  in Him,  He will use the temptations we have faced  to eventually make us perfect  in His sight,  as we learn  to stand firm  on God’s word.

God will cause our leaning  on Him  to confirm our faith  —  so that the temptation  won’t destroy us,  but will make us more sure  of God’s love  for us.

As we resist each  and every temptation,  God will strengthen us  to face coming temptations  with a greater faith  and love  for our Lord.

And in the end,  God will establish us firmly  in the true faith,  so that our confidence  in Him  is filled with love  and joy.

Because God knows how  to do all this  for us,  it is totally worth it  to resist the devil  in every temptation,  and trust  in the Lord,  our Savior.

Then,  as we look back  on all that God has done  for us,  we will say,  “Hallelujah!     The Lord is my Deliverer.”

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

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

Psalm 18:30

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

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

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

Psalm 105:3

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

Philippians 3:12

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Like a Filthy Garment

February 21, 2017

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Like a Filthy Garment

In every church service  we all take part  in a general confession  of all our sins  and forgiveness is proclaimed,  because of Jesus’ sacrifice…….  and..   because of God’s word,  which says in 1 John 4:10“In this is love,  not that we loved God,  but that He loved us  and sent His Son  to be the propitiation  for our sins.”

Propitiation means,  “favorably inclined  or disposed,… gracious,… that which favors,… or furthers…”      In other words,  because of Jesus’ sacrifice,  God looks upon us sinners  very favorably.      God no longer builds up judgments against us,  but sees us  as purified  in the blood  of Christ — really pure  and holy.

But,  what have we really confessed  deep down  in our hearts?

Are we secretly thinking,  “You know,  I’ve always been  a very nice  and kind person.      I’m tenderhearted,  compassionate,  love my family,  and all that…  must have been born that way.      I’m very patient  and thoughtful,  too.     I really haven’t sinned all that much  —  at least not like ‘you know who’.      But,  I go through this confession thing  because it’s the proper and orderly thing  to do  in church.      God knows  how good I am.      I’m sure God is quite pleased  with all my efforts  to remain righteous  for His sake.      After all,  I’ve done a lot  for God.”

Such a ‘confession’  does not lead  to repentance.     To repent  is to feel contrite  over our sinful condition  and desire  to change our ways.

Change?      I need to change?

Yes, indeedy!      We all need  to change daily.      In this life  our sinful,  self-righteous,  greedy,  bitter,  hateful,  judgmental,  spiteful  and selfish  old natures  will always be sneaking up  on us  and trying  to con us  into patting ourselves  on the back.

We’re no more righteous  than the man  in the moon.      Isaiah 53:6 says,  “All of us  like sheep  have gone astray,  each of us  has turned  to his own way;  but the LORD  has caused the iniquity  of us all  to fall on Him.”

If we really saw our sinful natures  like Isaiah did,  we would ashamedly cry  with him,  “All of us  have become  like one who is unclean,  and all our righteous deeds are  like a filthy garment.”      Isaiah 64:6

If we ever were  to see the likeness  of God  as John did,  the awesome fear  of our circumstance  would make us  faint away.      Revelation 1:17,      “…And when I saw Him,  I fell at His feet  as a dead man.”

Ezekiel experienced  the same most humbling presence,  so in Ezekiel 1:28  he says,  “And when I saw it,  I fell on my face…”

What makes us think  we could brave  such an experience  without the LORD’s presence  stripping us  of every tiny bit  of self-righteousness?

It’s easy  to get rather self-confident  and cocky  when we’re strutting around  all by ourselves.      But when we have  to stand  in God’s presence,  His all-seeing eyes  will show us  the ugliest depths  of our sinful natures.      We won’t be able  to “worm” our way out  of that one.      Don’t have the audacity  to think  we can hide our sinful natures  from God.

We don’t stand a chance.      We will be judged  just as we are:  egotistical,  proud,  shameless,  sinful  —  UNLESS,  we are covered  in the blood  of Jesus.

Now,  this cleansing  is God’s promise.      And God cannot lie.      If we refuse  to accept God’s gift  of immediate full forgiveness,  then we are calling God  a liar,  because we are claiming  we can work  our own way  to heaven.      That’s saying  Jesus’ death  doesn’t mean anything  to us.      That doesn’t sound  very smart.

It’s only wise  and prudent  to look at ourselves  for what we really are  — including all those flitting feelings  we experience daily  —  our innermost reasons  for acting  the way we do.

Then, it’s only sensible  to realize  that the Almighty LORD  is our Savior  and Redeemer  because He has proven  over thousands of years  that He keeps  His promises.

God will not renege  on His offer  of forgiveness.      It is His gift  to us.      We need  to accept it  with humble,  thankful hearts.      Thankfulness is shown  by changed attitudes  and living.

Don’t reject God’s love  by thinking you have to “pay” for it.      Just have faith  and love  in return  or die  in your sins.

When we realize  the immensity  of God’s faithful love  towards us,  we will fall before Him  and proclaim,  “Hallelujah!      LORD,  thank you  for faithfully loving us.”

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

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

Psalm 18:30

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

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

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

Psalm 105:3

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

Philippians 3:12

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Therefore, We Are Ambassadors

February 20, 2017

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Therefore We Are Ambassadors

Sometimes we have the impression  that only people  who are professionals  in the ministry  can be “ambassadors for Christ”.     The thought is  that we are just a housewife,  a mechanic,  a computer specialist,  a farmer,  a store clerk,  or whatever our daily “job” might be.

But,  there is more to our lives  than that.    Paul tells us  why there is more  to our lives  in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15,

For the love  of Christ  controls us,  having concluded this,  that one died  for all,   therefore all died;  and He died  for all,  that they who live  should no longer live  for themselves,  but for Him  who died  and rose again  on their behalf.

Whatever our occupation,  the love of Christ  causes us  to want others  to have the gift  of salvation.     When we know  that we are loved  by the Lord God Almighty,  and that He has freely given us  the gift  of salvation  in Christ,  we want others  to also experience the love  of God.

Knowing God’s love  for us  changes us.    As  1 John 4:19 says,

We love,  because He first  loved us.

Knowing God’s love  enables us  to truly love others  and actually care  about their eternal salvation.     As we think about how  we have literally escaped  eternal damnation  just because we have accepted  God’s love  by faith,  we surely want others  to also escape  that horrible demise.

With this knowledge  of God’s love  in our hearts,  our daily jobs  take on a new aspect.    We become  more than just a factory worker,  sales rep,  or whatever  our job might be.    It’s as Paul explains  in 2 Corinthians 5:19-21,

God was  in Christ  reconciling the world  to Himself,  not counting  their trespasses  against them,  and He has committed  to us  the word  of reconciliation.

Therefore,  we are ambassadors  for Christ,  as though God  were entreating through us;  we beg you  on behalf of Christ,  be reconciled  to God.     He made Him  who knew no sin  to be sin  on our behalf,  that we might become  the righteousness of God  in Him.

When God gave us  this gift  of salvation,  He did not intend  for us  to hoard it  only for ourselves.    God wants us  to share this precious gift  with every one  around us.     That’s why God  shared His word  with us  in the first place  —  He wants us  to be saved  —  and He wants us  to bring others  to salvation.

It is with thankful  and loving hearts  that we share God’s promise  of salvation  with all  who need Him.     And we all  certainly do need Christ  as our Savior  —  because there is no other.

As we seriously look  at the love given  to us  in Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  only You  can help us  to truly be  the kind of ambassadors  You desire  in our life’s situation.     Thank You  for being  by our side.”

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

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

Psalm 18:30

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

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

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

Psalm 105:3

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

Philippians 3:12

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Though Our Outer Man Is Decaying

February 19, 2017

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Though Our Outer Man Is Decaying

All sorts  of life  in this world  goes through the process  of having a beginning,  a time of growth,  and an ending.     In that lifetime  we all experience hardships  of many sorts.     Everything from sicknesses,  to accidents,  to just plain ol’ aging  takes place.     As a faithful believer,  who suffered much  for his faith  in our Savior,  Paul said this  about his life  of faith  in 2 Corinthians 4:7-10,

But we have this treasure  in earthen vessels,  so that the surpassing greatness  of the power  will be of God  and not from ourselves;  we are afflicted  in every way,  but not crushed;  perplexed,  but not despairing;  persecuted, but not forsaken;  struck down,  but not destroyed;  always carrying about  in the body  the dying of Jesus,  so that the life of Jesus also  may be manifested  in our body. 

It is God Almighty,  who keeps us  throughout our lives,  so we don’t despair  over any  of our hardships.     We are  in God’s care  —  so we are not ashamed  of the gospel  when others mock  and despise it.     Even as we get old  and worn,  our lives are to be lives  of faith,  hope,  and love  —  knowing that God is  in control.     Our lives are  to be a witness  of God’s love  in every situation  we have to face,  so that God will be glorified.

As we face life’s problems,  we say with Paul,  in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18,

Therefore  we do not lose heart,  but though our outer man  is decaying,  yet our inner man  is being renewed  day by day.     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.

Knowing this,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your faithfulness.”

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

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

Psalm 18:30

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

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

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

Psalm 105:3

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

Philippians 3:12

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Who Cares?

February 18, 2017

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Who Cares?

The love of God  can never be measured.     Nevertheless,  Paul prays  in Ephesians 3:17-19,    “that you, being rooted  and grounded in love,  may be ABLE  to comprehend  with all the saints  what is the breadth  and length  and height  and depth,  and to KNOW  the love  of Christ  which surpasses knowledge,  that you may be filled up  to all the fullness  of God.”

1 John 4:19 says, “We love,  because He first  loved us.”      As we begin  to comprehend  the infinite greatness  of God’s love,  we start getting rooted  and grounded  in love.

In consideration  of God’s saving love,  we need to reflect  on how we should repent  of the sins  that we commit.     As children of God,  who cares  that they have offended  the LORD  who loves them  and died for them  —  taking all  of their sins  upon Himself?

Who cares  that they have offended  their Creator  who is faithful,  pure,  holy,  and ALMIGHTY  —  our Judge?

Too often  when a person “repents”,  they are sorry only  for themselves  as they are suffering the consequences  of their own sinfulness.     But,  WHEN will there be sorrow  for offending  the living God Almighty?     Our repentance often centers only  on our selfish worldliness.     We care only  that WE are suffering consequences.

We need godly repentance.     Paul describes godly repentance  in 2 Corinthians 7:10,     “For the sorrow that is according to the will  of God  produces a repentance  without regret,  leading to salvation;  but the sorrow  of the world  produces death.”

Just think.     A person will never regret coming  to a sorrow  over the putrid ugliness  of all their sins  —  even the hidden ones.    Why?     Because  that causes us  to fall  on the LORD’s mercy  and His holy promise  to forgive all  who come to Him.     Forgiveness,  in turn,  causes faith  and love  for our Savior  to grow.

That “sorrow of the world”  that “produces death”  is the kind of sorrow  we should fight off  with all our might.     We are all prone  to having  the “sorrow of the world”,  which only condemns us  to hell,  because it is selfish,  proud  and egotistical.

The “sorrow of the world” is described  in the life  of Esau  in Genesis, chapters 25, 27 and 28.     A short summary is  in Hebrews 12:15-17,    “See to it  that no one comes short  of the grace of God;  that no root  of bitterness  springing up  causes trouble,  and by it  many be defiled;   that there be no immoral  or godless person  like Esau,  who sold his own birthright  for a single meal.     For you know  that even afterwards,  when he desired  to inherit the blessing,  he was rejected,  for he found no place  for repentance,  though he sought for it  with tears.”

Esau had  a root of bitterness  causing him  to despise his birthright.     In short,  he scorned God’s promises.     His on-going pride  made him  a godless person.     Esau disregarded God  for so long  that his heart  became hardened  with arrogance.     Then  when he realized  he had lost his blessing,  he was sorry  for himself  and cried buckets  of selfish tears.     But,  in all those tears,  he found no place  for repentance.     He still was not sorry  that he offended God.     He was only sorry  he lost his blessing.     Such arrogance  is a tragedy.     It hardens bitter hearts.

In our daily confession before God,  let us look  at His almighty majesty,  His love,  His wise plan of salvation  through the blood of Jesus  and be sorry  when we offend  such a wondrous LORD.     Accept the blood  of Jesus  as the only cleansing   for sins.

There isn’t anything  we can do  to wash away  our sins,  hide them  or get rid of them.     Only the blood of Jesus  can make us holy  in God’s eyes.     We can’t afford  to be proud  trying to stand  before the throne  of God.     We’ve got to learn  to recognize the love  of God,  so we may be filled  with Him  and live eternally  with Him.     Godly repentance in love……. just what our Heavenly Father wants.

We’ll never fully appreciate  the love  of God  until we have godly repentance.     When we have godly repentance,  we will abide  in God  and He will abide  in us.     Then we can be filled  with the fullness of God.     How wonderful!     Hallelujah!

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

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

Psalm 18:30

.

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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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 Little Leaven

February 17, 2017

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A Little Leaven

Thinking people today  take quite a variety of precautions  to prevent their children  and themselves  from getting a number  of communicable diseases.     It’s only smart.     We get immunized  for various diseases.      We use caution around tick  and mosquito infested areas.     We avoid people  with infectious diseases  and maybe take vitamin C  or multi-vitamins  to strengthen  our immune system.     We wash our hands  and use water fountains  and public bathrooms  with caution.

All this  and much more  helps guard our susceptibility  to a long list  of diseases.     Nevertheless,  it is still possible  to catch any disease  in spite of precautions.

In biblical days,  leprosy was a communicable disease  and they had no cure  or means  of preventing  its contagion.     Quarantine  was their only method  of preventing its spread.     Not everyone is susceptible  to leprosy,  but people thought it best  to err  on the side  of caution.

Usually,  leprosy is undetected  for quite some time,  until it starts to spread.     Then it can  disfigure a person horribly,  if left untreated.     Those who are  in close contact  with a leprous person  are more likely  to contract the disease.

Realizing our need  to stay disease free,  we use this picture language  to describe  our even greater need  to avoid sin.     People speak  of the ”leprosy of sin”,  to show sin’s destructive effects  on our lives.    Just as leprosy  and other diseases  can lead  to disfigurement  and death,  so sin disfigures our lives  and eventually leads  to eternal death.

Sin leaves ugly scars  on our lives.     But,  as with leprosy,  many people  don’t even realize  how infected they are  with sin,  until the disfigurement rears  its hideous head  and death  is knocking  at their door.

People who enjoyed toying  with sin  suddenly realize the truth expressed  in Galatians 5:9,    “A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough.”       Their little bit  of sin  is no longer  a trivial matter.    Their lives are marred  beyond imagination.

Some verses  we can take to heart  in dealing  with temptations  include,

Do not enter the path of the wicked
and do not proceed in the way of evil men.

Avoid it, do not pass by it.
Turn away from it and pass on.

For they cannot sleep  unless they do evil;
and they are robbed  of sleep  unless they make someone stumble.       Proverbs 4:14-16

Do not be envious  of evil men,
nor desire  to be with them;
for their minds  devise violence,
and their lips  talk of trouble.       Proverbs 24:1-2

To the pure,  all things are pure;  but to those who are defiled  and unbelieving,  nothing is pure,  but both their mind  and their conscience  are defiled.     They profess  to know God,  but by their deeds  they deny Him,  being detestable  and disobedient  and worthless  for any good deed.       Titus 1:15

For this  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your guidance.”

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

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

Psalm 18:30

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

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

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

Psalm 105:3

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

Philippians 3:12

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