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Heaven and Hell

January 22, 2017

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Heaven and Hell

There’s an age old question  that people have debated  since the beginning  of time.     People want to really know  if there actually is  a heaven  and a hell.      And,  it’s a very valid question.      After all,  who wants to be bamboozled  into believing something  that simply is not true.      Being fooled  into a false belief  can really make a person  feel used  and degraded.

People of differing faiths  might claim different “experiences”,  but,  that can’t count  as proof.      We just can’t verify  the reality  of their experience.      So,  we’re still clueless  and it feels troublesome.      That’s why the debate continues today.

We need proof  from a trustworthy eyewitness.      Our whole source needs  to be trustworthy.      We need  to be fair minded  in judging the validity  of the “eyewitness”,  because,  if we aren’t,  there’s no sense  in saying anything  one way  or the other.

The “eyewitness”  to be considered is Jesus.      Why Him?      He is the trustworthy eyewitness  because He is the Savior  that was prophesied  all throughout the Old Testament  by many different prophets  over thousands  of years.      Those prophesies described  intricate details  of His birth,  suffering,  death,  and resurrection.

There is absolutely no way  anyone could have faked  the fulfillment  of all those prophecies.      Because Jesus is the fulfillment  of prophecies,  we should conclude  that He is  the promised Savior.      Because He is our Lord  and Savior,  He is sinless  and can only speak  the truth.      He can speak the truth  because He is God  in the flesh.

So,  we listen to His witness  in Matthew.      The Sadducees taught  that there is no heaven  or hell,  so they were trying  to trap Jesus  with their line  of thinking.      The Pharisees taught  that there is a heaven  and hell,  but they could not really  say why they believed that.      So,  here’s Matthew 22:23-33.

On that day some Sadducees  (who say there is no resurrection)  came to Him  and questioned Him,  saying,  ‘Teacher,  Moses said,  “If a man dies,  having no children,  his brother  as next of kin  shall marry his wife,  and raise up an offspring  to his brother.”

Now there were seven brothers  with us;  and the first married  and died,  and having no offspring  left his wife  to his brother;  so also the second,  and the third,  down to the seventh.      And last of all,  the woman died.

In the resurrection therefore  whose wife  of the seven  shall she be?      For they all had her.’

But Jesus answered  and said to them,  “You are mistaken,  not understanding the Scriptures,  or the power  of God.

For  in the resurrection  they neither marry,  nor are given  in marriage,  but are like angels  in heaven.

But regarding  the resurrection  of the dead,  have you not read  that which was spoken  to you  by God,  saying,  ‘I AM THE GOD  OF ABRAHAM,  AND THE GOD  OF ISAAC,  AND THE GOD  OF JACOB’?      God is  not the God  of the dead  but of the living.”

Jesus quoted Exodus 3:6  in His reply,  which was  in regard  to when God identified Himself  to Moses  in the burning bush.

Throughout scripture,  the “dead”  refer to the spiritually dead  and the “living”  are those  who put their faith  in the Lord.

What is so marvelous is  that God teaches us  so much  throughout the Bible,  but quite a bit  of the time,  we don’t know how  to pick up on it.      Neither the Pharisees  nor Sadducees knew  how to back up  their “feelings”  or doctrines  about heaven  and hell.      They just continually debated it  and allowed their feelings  to divide them  into two different sects.

Because Jesus is God  and obviously knows  what He is teaching  throughout scripture,  we can be assured  that His word  on this subject  is reality.

So,  the next questions is,  how should we  be applying this truth  to our lives?      What sort of difference  should this truth make  within us?

As we consider God’s love  for each  and every one  of us,  we can say,  “Hallelujah!     God proves His word.”

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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Do Not Be Grieved

January 21, 2017

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Do Not Be Grieved

When Israel fell  into all sorts  of sins  and refused to repent,  even though God  sent many preachers to them,  God finally punished them  by allowing their enemies  to totally defeat them  and take them  into exile.

In the same way  our heavenly Father  will guide us  with various kinds  of discipline  to help us realize  that there is a consequence  for our sins.     We do need  to straighten out  before it is too late.

Although it is necessary  for God  to discipline us,  He is also  our loving Father,  full of mercy  and forgiveness.     And that’s how He was  with the Israelites.     After they had been  in exile  for many years  under the Persians,  God started arranging events  so that they were able  to return  to Israel  and set up their homes again.

In that time  Nehemiah got permission  from the Persian king  to return  to Jerusalem  to rebuild the city walls  that had been broken down  and burned.     Nehemiah organized the Israelites  so that they got the walls rebuilt,  even though enemies opposed them  all the way.

When they finished the walls,  Nehemiah gathered  all the people  so that they could renew their covenant  with the LORD.     When they got together  Ezra read the Book of the Law  of Moses  and it was explained  to the people.

Just hearing the word  of God  for the first time  in years  brought the people  to tears of repentance.     They realized how far they had fallen away  from the Lord.

Here’s the beautiful part  of the story.     As Nehemiah saw their repentance  and weeping,  he said, This day is holy  to the LORD your God;  do not mourn  or weep.”      And after instructing them  to prepare a feast,  Nehemiah said what is vital  for all repentant children  of God.     He said in Nehemiah 8:10:

Do not be grieved,  for the joy  of the LORD  is your strength.”

And that is how it is  for us also.     As we read God’s word  and see our sinful condition,  and repent  because we are so pitifully gross,  we are not  to grieve  too long.     Instead,  God wants us  to receive the joy  of His forgiveness  because it is real  and powerfully true.

If we mourn  and grieve  over our sins too long,  it means we are not trusting  in the love  and forgiveness  of God.     Yes,  God wants us  to repent  and change our ways.     But,  after that  it is most necessary  to accept the gift  of forgiveness.

When we have accepted  that gift,  then we must take it all in  and rejoice.     That is the only way  to remain strong  in the LORD  —  trust in his love  and obey with joy.

As we accept  our forgiveness,  we can joyfully say,  “Hallelujah!     The LORD is my strength!”

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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Metamorphosis

January 20, 2017

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Metamorphosis

Butterflies are so beautiful  and come  in all sorts  of colors  and sizes.     It’s a wonder  to watch them flit along  and do their thing  in life.     Sometimes we forget the process  that gives a butterfly  its beauty  and strength.

It’s really  just like the process  we need  to go through.

When the butterfly is ready  to emerge  from its cocoon,  it absolutely must go through the process  of struggling  to get out  of that extremely tight spot.     If you try  to help it along,  it will become malformed,  crippled,  and unable to fly.     If it can’t fly,  it can’t eat  or do other butterfly things.     The end result  will be death.

God’s plan  for us  is the same.     If we are  to become beautiful children of God,  free to go about  and do wonderful,  good things  for all eternity,  we must go through the struggles  of all sorts  of trials  and challenges  in this life  —  and come out with shining colors.

As the butterfly’s intense struggles work  to shape it to perfection,  so our intense struggles  shape within us  a beautiful,  saving faith.     If our cocoon is damaged,  we are damaged  and may even die.

What is our cocoon compared to?     It is all the truths we know  about God  from His eternal,  proven word.     We are “wrapped”  in the protective covering  of God’s salvation  through Jesus Christ alone.     The intention is  that we face  all the necessary struggles  of this life,  in order  to develop a beautiful  and true faith — one that will live  through all eternity.

So,  if someone were to suggest  to us  that there is an “easy way out”  of all the struggles  of our faith  in Jesus,  we must not let ourselves  be tempted  to take that easy way out.     It will be a crippling  of what we could be  in Christ  and a certain death  for all eternity.

As Paul says in Romans 5:3-5,

We also exult  in our tribulations,  knowing that tribulation  brings about perseverance,  and perseverance,  proven character;  and proven character,  hope;  and hope does not disappoint,  because the love of God  has been poured out  within our hearts  through the Holy Spirit  who was given to us.

So, is your faith growing  and getting stronger  and stronger  as you struggle  in facing the trials  and temptations  of your life?     Will your metamorphosis  develop you  into a gloriously strong follower  of truth,  who will be beautiful  and free  for all eternity?

When our strong faith carries us  into heaven,  we will proclaim,  “Hallelujah!     God’s word  made me strong  for Him!”

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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The Narrow Gate

January 19, 2017

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The Narrow Gate

There are so many different belief systems  in this world.     It should be obvious  that it matters  which is the right way  to go.     Out of all beliefs,  only the Bible  has shown itself  to be true  through all the fulfilled prophecies  written there.     And yet,  even within those claiming  to accept the Bible’s teachings,  not all will reach  their goal  of heaven.     How can that be?

Just a few  of the possible reasons  include:   imagining good works earn  a place  in heaven  —  not believing Jesus is God  —  believing we have to follow  all sorts of man-made rules  and traditions  —  imagining we can lead a wild life  of sin  —  considering Jesus  only as a good teacher  and philosopher  —  loving the stuff  in this world  more than God  —  mixing heathen traditions and beliefs  in with the clear word  of God  —  and the list goes on.

People do this  in spite  of the fact  that Jesus taught  in Matthew 7:13-14,

Enter through  the narrow gate;  for the gate is wide  and the way is broad  that leads  to destruction,  and there are many who enter  through it.      For the gate is small  and the way is narrow  that leads to life,  and there are few  who find it.

That very narrow gate”  “that leads  to life”  is a simple faith  in Jesus only  as our Lord and Savior.     We can’t add anything to that  —  or take anything away  from that.

This simple truth  is expressed  in many places  like John 3:18,

He who believes  in Him  is not judged;  he who does not believe  has been judged already,  because he has not believed  in the name  of the only begotten Son  of God.

Jesus is pointedly showing us  that it is only faith  in Him  “that leads  to life”.     If we add  or subtract  from that simple truth,  we are widening  the “gate”  —  leading ourselves  and others  “to destruction”.      When describing the “narrow”“small” gate,   Jesus realized  that there would only be “few  who find it”.

In other words,  our sinful natures wrongfully imagine  we can make God’s salvation plan  work better  with worldly ideas  —  but we can’t.

Glad to trust only  in Jesus,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  Your work  is perfect.”

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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You Stiff-necked People!

January 18, 2017

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You Stiff-necked People!

History is important  —  we do well  to learn  from it.     Chapters 6 and 7  of the book of Acts give us a peek  into the life  of Stephen,  a church worker  and martyr  for preaching God’s truths.     Acts tells how Stephen helped manage  the work  of caring  for the poor  and how he was  a powerful preacher.     That’s what got him  into trouble  with the Jewish religious leaders.

They seized Stephen  and took him  to their court,  accusing him  of speaking against  God’s law.     Acts,  chapter 7 records Stephen’s reply.     He gave a summary  of the Israelite’s history,  including accounts of Abraham,  Isaac,  Jacob,  Joseph,  and Moses,  along with some Old Testament scripture verses.

That would have been fine,  except that Stephen also mentioned  how the Israelites  often disobeyed God  by worshiping  idols.     In Acts 7:42-43,  Stephen recounted Israel’s history  by saying,

But God turned away  from them  and gave them over  to the worship  of the sun,  moon  and stars.     This agrees  with what is written  in the book  of the prophets:

‘Did you bring Me sacrifices  and offerings
forty years  in the wilderness,  people  of Israel?
you have taken up  the tabernacle  of Molek
and the star  of your god Rephan,
the idols you made  to worship.
Therefore  I will send you  into exile  beyond Babylon.

Stephen recounted more history  and then said in Acts 7:51-53,

“You stiff-necked people!      Your hearts  and ears  are still uncircumcised.      You are just like your ancestors:  You always resist the Holy Spirit!      Was there ever a prophet  your ancestors  did not persecute?      They even killed those  who predicted the coming  of the Righteous One.      And now  you have betrayed  and murdered him  — you who have received the law  that was given  through angels  but have not obeyed it.”

That truth  made the religious leaders so angry  they stoned Stephan  to death.     With his dying breath,  Stephan prayed for their forgiveness.

We probably all  have heathenism  in our ancestry  —  but,  that’s no reason  to stay in it  as many are doing  these days.     We don’t want God  to turn away  from us.     As we turn  to God  for the forgiveness  we sorely need,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for Your truths.     Create in us  clean hearts  and right spirits.”

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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Revive Me

January 17, 2017

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Revive Me

Psalm 119 teaches us a lot about living  as God’s dear children.     In humbleness,  the psalmist  asks God  to teach him  the right way  for us to be  in this life.     Then he expresses  something very important  in Psalm 119:40,

Behold,  I long  for Your precepts;
Revive me  through Your righteousness.

There are huge differences between  the teachings  of the various religions  of this world  and a biblical faith.     In this verse,  we see  that the psalmist  is depending  only on what God Almighty,  our Creator Redeemer  wants to teach us.     He is not looking  for a wisdom  and a knowledge of God  through worldly traditions  and man-made doctrines.     Rather,  he prays directly  to the Creator  of all  and asks Him  for His “precepts”  —  His direction  for our lives.

God’s “precepts”  —  directions  —  are different  from the directions  made by men.     Mankind depends  on his own goodness  and “righteousness”  —  directing people  to obey  all sorts of rules,  rituals,  and traditions.     But,  this psalmist understands  that he will never be righteous enough  to satisfy  the holiness  of the LORD.

So,  he prays,  Revive me  through Your righteousness.”     He has understood  God’s word  regarding Abraham,  where we are taught  that God counted Abraham’s faith  as true “righteousness”.     God’s word never says  Abraham’s good works  made him righteous.     But,  it does repeat  in a number of places  that Abraham’s faith  was counted as “righteousness”  —  the kind of  “righteousness”  that God loves  and looks for  in our lives.

We are dead  in our sinfulness.     No amount of effort  on our part  can ever make us  righteous enough  to be acceptable  in God’s sight.     We need  to be revived  —  made alive  to God’s truths,  as He has given them  to us  in His word,  the Bible.     Romans 4:5 tells us  that he who…

“believes  in Him  who justifies  the ungodly,  his faith  is credited  as righteousness.”

As we believe  and trust  the LORD  to makes us righteous  through Christ’s sacrifice,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  Your love  and righteousness  make us righteous  through Christ’s sacrifice.”

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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Heartfelt Feelings

January 16, 2017

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Heartfelt Feelings

Feelings come  and go.     Teens can fall  in and out  of love  as a matter  of course.     A person  can “feel”  they’ve bought  the ideal house  until they live  in it  and start seeing  all its defects.     One might “feel”  they have the ideal friend  until they’ve been betrayed.     Terrorists  “feel”  they are righteous  in their suicide bombings.     Satan worshipers  “feel”  they are right  in their practices.

Feelings are temporary.     Truth is eternal.     Feelings change depending  on many circumstances  —  known and unknown.     Truth does not change.

When I was younger,  I had a friend  who was very excited  about becoming a Christian.      She exuberantly took part  in youth activities,  Bible study  and church attendance  —  that is  until she felt  God did not answer a prayer.     On a whim, she became an atheist  and moved  so that she would not have  to face her Christian friends  any more.

Her faith was based  on the “feeling”  that if she “believed”,  God would grant her  whatever she asked for.     In her immaturity,  God was more  of a genie  in a bottle  than the LORD Almighty,  our Savior,  and our heavenly Father.     With her seemingly unanswered prayer,  she suddenly “felt”  that the Bible did not contain  the answers  she once sought.

Just think of the horrendous agony  her feelings misled her in.     I sometimes wonder  if she is still allowing  her feelings  to lead her  instead of God’s  eternal truths  as recorded  in the Bible.     That could mean fifty plus years  of doubts,  fears  and misgivings.     It’s all unnecessary.

People often have feelings  that lead to disillusions  and they are like Jesus’ parable in Matthew 13:19  about seed  falling on different grounds.     He said,

“When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes  and snatches away  what has been sown  in his heart.     This is the one  on whom seed was sown beside the road.”

In these instances, it is not God’s word  or love  that has changed.     The heart  of that person  was depending on feelings  and had a lack  of understanding.      Because we are fickle sinners  we need to become grounded  in truth  so that our trials and temptations  do not sway us  into unbelief,  wrong doctrines,  or sinful lifestyles.

“Feelings” have led people  into adultery,  homosexuality,  Satan worship  and all sorts  of traps.

So,  how can we tell the difference  between our feelings  and truth?     Study will show  that the Bible is a compilation  of history books  that recorded God’s prophecies  and how they came true,  even thousands  of years later.     In awe,  Peter explains  our living hope  in 1 Peter, chapter 1.      He quotes Isaiah, “The word of the LORD abides forever.”

In other words,  the Bible proves  that God keeps  His word.     The Bible proves  that it speaks  the truth.     God’s word does not change.     God’s witness  in the Bible  gives clear testimony  that God causes  His every word  to come true.     If we want any comfort  in this world,  we need  to listen  to God’s living testimony  in His word,  the Bible  —  always remembering  that “The word of the LORD abides forever.”     It has not changed  over thousands  of years.     The Bible is God’s witness  to us.

False preachers will twist God’s word,  so that people will think  it says something different,  but the actual Bible  has not changed.      That’s why  it is so very important  to study God’s eternal word.      It’s God’s way  of speaking to us.

In Jesus’ day,  the Jews had differences  in doctrines  and they would test Jesus  with their questions.     Jesus always taught them  by using scripture  and even had  to chide them  in Matthew 22:29 by saying,

“You are mistaken,  not understanding  the Scriptures,  or the power of God.”

In other words,  they thought  they had studied scripture,  but in actuality,  they had only studied  the traditions of men,  which were written  on other scrolls.     Then they “felt”  that the other writer  sounded pretty well right,  so they accepted  his opinion  as truth,  without checking it out  in scripture.      So Jesus had to point out  their lack of understanding.

Check everything out  with the Bible  —  God’s testimony  to us,  His dear children.

( This post was written in June 2007 and posted on a website that does not keep an online archive. )

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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