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Our Ever-flowing Stream

August 17, 2017

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Our Ever-flowing Stream

The Bible is filled  with the preaching  of many different prophets,  who were not listened to.     God commanded them  to keep right on preaching  —  because there might be a few  who would listen  and repent.     God let each  of those prophets know  about an upcoming judgment  from the LORD,  and wanted all the people  to have a fair warning.

Amos was one  of those prophets.     Amos had been a shepherd  in Judah,  but God commanded him  to go through all  of the northern kingdom of Israel  and warn them  about the judgment  they would get  for their sinful lives  and hypocritical worship.

Israel had been taking part  in all  of the religious festivals  commanded by God  and they went through the rituals  of making sacrifices,  but God was not pleased  with them  because they refused  to live  in a God-pleasing manner.     Here is what God said  in Amos 5:21-27,

“I hate,  I reject  your festivals,  nor do I delight  in your solemn assemblies.     Even though you offer up  to Me  burnt offerings  and your grain offerings,  I will not accept them;  and I will not even look  at the peace offerings  of your fatlings.

Take away from Me  the noise  of your songs;  I will not even listen  to the sound  of your harps.

But let justice  roll down  like waters  and righteousness  like an ever-flowing stream.

Did you present Me  with sacrifices  and grain offerings  in the wilderness  for forty years,  O house of Israel?     You also carried along  Sikkuth your king  and Kiyyum,  your images,  the star  of your gods  which you made  for yourselves.

Therefore,  I will make you go  into exile  beyond Damascus,”  says the LORD,  whose name is  the God  of hosts.

It soon happened  that the Assyrians came  and defeated Israel,  taking most of them  into exile.     The word of God preached  through the shepherd, Amos,  came true.

In this warning,  God hated  and rejected all  of their festivals  and worship services.     All their pretentiously joyful songs  of worship  were worthless efforts  because the people  also continued  to live in sexual sins,  cheating,  bribery,  enslaving their fellow countrymen,  abusing the poor,  and making a mockery  of God  through their idolatry.

The Israelites  would have been pleasing  in God’s sight  if they had,  “let justice roll down  like waters  and righteousness  like an ever-flowing stream.”

The justice God wanted them  to live out  would have made life pleasant  for everyone  in Israel.     With justice  the poor  would not have been enslaved,  sexual sins  would not have created  unnecessary problems,  honesty  would have replaced  cheating and bribery  —  justice  would have brought peace  and happiness  to all.

God also wanted righteousness  to be like an ever-flowing stream.     What did He mean by that?     God has a very special way  of defining  and reckoning  righteousness.     Paul describes  God’s righteousness  in Romans 4:3-8,

For what does the Scripture say?     “And Abraham believed God,  and it was reckoned  to him  as righteousness.”

Now  to the one  who works,  his wage  is not reckoned  as a favor  but as what is due.     But  to the one  who does not work,  but believes  in Him  who justifies the ungodlyhis faith  is reckoned  as righteousness,   just as David also speaks  of the blessing  upon the man  to whom God reckons  righteousness apart  from works:

Blessed are those  whose lawless deeds  have been forgiven,  and whose sins  have been covered.     Blessed is the man  whose sin  the LORD will not take  into account.

So,  what God wants  from each of us  is “an ever-flowing stream  of faith  in Him  to justify us  through the forgiveness  Jesus has earned  for us  on the cross.

When we realize  the love  God has for us  in Jesus Christ,  and put our faith  in the LORD’s promises  —  because He has proven Himself  to be faithful  —  we will have “an ever-flowing stream”  of righteousness  from God.

Not only will we be forgiven  of all our sins,  but our love  for God  will lead us  to practice  the kind of justice  that is pleasing  to our LORD.

When God reminded the Israelites  of their hypocrisy  in Amos 5:21-27  above,  He shows  how there is no honest spirituality  in worshiping many gods,  and yet,  claiming  to also worship  the one and only true God.     Because the Israelites had actually experienced  many miracles  from God  in their rescue  from slavery  in Egypt,  they should have had the decency  to let that truth  lead them  in living  God-pleasing lives.

Living in truth  is uppermost  in true spirituality.     That is what God desires  from each of us  today.

As we study all  of God’s word  and see how faithful  He has been  down through the ages,  we will say,  “Hallelujah!     The LORD’s faithfulness  makes us really live.”

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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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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Disguising Themselves as Apostles

August 16, 2017

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Disguising Themselves as Apostles

The Apostle Paul  had a big problem.     He loved the Christian congregation  he had set up  in Corinth,  but he was far away  in Macedonia.     It was then  that he got wind  of false preachers  in Corinth,  who arrogantly made out  like they knew more about God  than Paul  and had more authority  as preachers of truth  than Paul.

Because these false preachers seemed  like they knew a lot,  some  of the Corinthians  were getting confused  because they could see  that this new preaching  was definitely different  from what Paul  had taught them  —  but the force  of the false preachers  made them sound like  they should be real religious leaders.     In other words,  they were bossy.     Their bossiness  made it seem  like they knew  what they were talking about.

Paul wrote 2 Corinthians  to protect those  who were getting confused.     Paul is setting the Corinthians straight  so that they won’t lose  their salvation  in Christ.     He presented  some doctrinal truths,  and then explained why  he was so upset  over them.     In 2 Corinthians 11:2-4, Paul says,

For I am jealous for you  with a godly jealousy;  for I betrothed you  to one husband,  that to Christ  I might present you  as a pure virgin.

But I am afraid,  lest as the serpent deceived Eve  by his craftiness,  your minds  should be led astray  from the simplicity  and purity  of devotion  to Christ.

For  if one comes  and preaches another Jesus  whom we have not preached,  or you receive  a different spirit  which you have not received,  or a different gospel  which you have not accepted,  you bear this beautifully.

Those false preachers  had been twisting God’s eternal word  into something  that was blasphemous.     It was scary,  because their so-called “gospel”  did not preach the truth  about Jesus.     Their “gospel”  did not have  the Spirit of God in it  —  telling the story  of God’s love  and plan  of a real salvation  from all our sins.     Their “gospel”  was not the good news  of forgiveness  through faith  in Jesus Christ alone.

Because these false preachers  had an agenda  to become big religious leaders  in Corinth,  Paul spoke  about how his own preaching  was done  in a God-pleasing manner,  because Christ  was the center  of his life.     Paul had even refused  to accept wages  from the Corinthians  so that money  would not factor in  to his purpose  for preaching. Therefore,  in verses 12-15,  he says,

But  what I am doing,  I will continue to do,  that I may cut off opportunity  from those  who desire an opportunity  to be regarded  just as we are  in the matter about which  they are boasting.

For such men  are false apostles,  deceitful workers,  disguising themselves  as apostles of Christ.     And no wonder,  for even Satan  disguises himself  as an angel  of light.

Therefore it is not surprising  if his servants also  disguise themselves  as servants  of righteousness;  whose end  shall be according to  their deeds.

Paul refused  to back down  from the arrogant claims  of those false preachers.     He understood  how they were using  religious sounding words  to purposely mislead the Corinthians  for the sake  of becoming rich.

That same sort  of false preaching  is all around us today.     Anybody who claims  that Christ is not  the one and only God Almighty  and our one and only Savior  —  is a false preacher.     Anybody who claims  that all religions  should be accepted  as viable ways  of getting to heaven  doesn’t have a clue  about the proven truths  of God.

Our LORD  has already proven  throughout history  that He is the one and only  true God.     History recorded God’s prophecies  over the years  and the fulfillment  of all those prophecies.     No other “god”  or religion  has been able  to do anything like that  because they don’t have  the power.     They don’t have the power  because they are all  false religions  and should be seen  as such.     We are not to “pussy-foot”  around their claims  or let them mislead us  in an effort  to be politically correct.

No one should be willing  to diminish the truth  and replace it  with myths  for the sake  of their own ego.     But,  nevertheless,  many are willing  to do just that,  as they act  in a very authoritative manner.

Paul was so upset  with the Corinthians,  he had to make them see  the awfulness  of what was happening  to them.     In verses 19-21  he writes,

For you,  being so wise,  bear with the foolish gladly.     For you bear with anyone  if he enslaves you,  if he devours you,  if he takes advantage  of you,  if he exalts himself,  if he hits you  in the face.

To my shame  I must say  that we have been weak  by comparison.     But in whatever respect  anyone else is bold  (I speak  in foolishness),  I am  just as bold myself.

It is a sincere  and godly love  that causes Paul  to lay out the facts  this way.     If he doesn’t wake them up  right away,  they might lose  their eternal salvation.     Paul does not think  he could bear that.

As we see those we love  caving in  to false preaching,  are we willing  to speak up  like Paul?     Their eternity  is at stake.     How will love  and truth  lead us?

Each and every one of us needs  to be on constant guard  for false preaching.     The only way  we can really stay  on guard  is to stay close  to our LORD  and Savior.     We do that  through prayer,  Bible study,  praise  and thanksgiving  for all that God has done  for us  since the beginning  of time.

Then  as God strengthens us  for another day  in this world,  we will gladly say,  “Hallelujah!     The LORD  is almighty  and faithful  forevermore.”

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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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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A Sacrifice of Praise

August 15, 2017

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A Sacrifice of Praise

When King David  was being pursued  by enemies trying  to kill him,  he turned  to God in prayer,  trusting  that the LORD  would come and save him.     In his prayer,  David did something  we should all remember  to do.

Before God answered David’s prayer,  David gave the LORD  a sacrifice of praise.

We see his sacrifice  of praise  in Psalm 54:6-7,

Willingly  I will sacrifice  to Thee;
I will give thanks  to Thy name,  O LORD,  for it is good.
For  He has delivered me  from all trouble;
And my eye  has looked  with satisfaction  upon my enemies.

In trust,  David proclaimed  that God delivered him  from his enemies  before the deliverance  physically took place.     That trust  was a big leap  of faith  —  based on remembering  and knowing  God’s love  for him  —  and in which David gave thanks  before he actually got  the deliverance.

It’s like when we ask a friend  for a drink of water  and as the friend  is kindly beginning  to hand it to us,  we say “Thank you”  before actually  taking it in hand.     We knew our friend  would gladly give us  the drink of water.     We trusted our friend’s willingness  to meet  our need.

As we pray  for our heavenly Father’s help,  let us remember His love  for us  when He saved us  through Jesus’ sacrifice  on the cross.     With that kind of love  for us,  we can know  that God will help us  in a way  that is best  for us.     Therefore,  we can give a sacrifice  of thanksgiving and praise  for our Lord’s  loving deliverance.

Knowing how easily  we get worried  about our needs  on earth,  Jesus wants us  to know  and remember  just how intimately  God loves us.     Therefore,  He described God’s loving care  for all of creation,  when He said  in Matthew 6:26,

Look  at the birds  of the air,  that they do not sow,  neither do they reap,  nor gather  into barns,  and yet your heavenly Father  feeds them.      Are you not worth  much more  than they?

As the birds  have a way  of trusting their Creator  and singing His praises,  so should we.

In trust,  and while giving  the sacrifice  of praise,  we can say,  “Hallelujah!      Our LORD  takes care  of all our needs.”

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

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

.

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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His Faithfulness

August 14, 2017

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His Faithfulness

Psalm 37:3       Trust  in the LORD,  and do good;  dwell in the land  and cultivate faithfulness.

Sometimes we just feel drained  and don’t want  to deal with the constant challenges  of this world.     Every day the news broadcasts tell  about more evil things happening  —  con artists getting away  with their crimes,  the rights  of the innocent  being abused,  gangs wreaking havoc,  politicians being devious,  evil agendas  indoctrinating people  through the media,  etc.

Psalm 37 tells us  to not let all this evil  eat away at us.     God is still  in control  of all things.     Our job is to Trust in the LORD,  and do good.”     We are not  to join the crowd  of evil doers,  just because “everybody’s doing it”.     In times like these,  God especially calls on us to “do good“.     So,  our life style is  to still be  to God’s glory,  even when the world makes fun of us  for being a fuddy-duddy  of sorts.

And,  we are to “cultivate faithfulness“.      That can also be translated,  “feed on His faithfulness“.     As we trust  in our LORD,  we remember  how faithful He has been  down through the ages.     Remembering God’s “faithfulness”  and depending on His “faithfulness” is “feeding” on it  and “cultivating” it  in our lives.

As we remember  God’s faithfulness,  He will strengthen us  from day to day  and lead us  in His paths  of righteousness.

Isaiah 5:20-21  gives God’s opinion  and judgment  on all those  who want to live  like the world.     It is a warning  to the world  that refuses  to listen,  and a comfort  to those  who persevere  in living  according to God’s word.     It says,

Woe to those  who call evil good,  and good evil;  who substitute darkness  for light  and light  for darkness;  who substitute bitter  for sweet  and sweet  for bitter!

Woe to those  who are wise  in their own eyes,  and clever  in their own sight!

Here we can easily see  God’s condemnation  of all those  who defy His word.

Because God is pure and holy,  He wants all  of His children  to be pure and holy.     That  should be us.

So,  we had better not ever  call anything evil  good.     We surely  do see people  all around us  doing exactly that  every day.     Most of the time  they call it being “politically correct”  and  “learning to be tolerant”.     That is no excuse  in God’s eyes.     Evil  is evil.

Then the comparison  of substituting “darkness  for light”  is made.     That is when the world  boldly pushes a lie  upon the people  and claim  that it is the enlightened way  to live these days.     Those lies include the claim  that abortion is to be accepted by all;  that the definition of marriage needs  to be redefined  to be more inclusive  and “fair”;  that euthanasia  is a right;  that premarital sex  should be accepted  as a fact of life,  etc.

God’s woe is also  to those  who “substitute bitter  for sweet  and sweet  for bitter”.      That is when evil people  accuse God’s children  of being the enemy  of society  and purposely overlook  the outrages  of evil leaders  and indecent media.

God is fully aware  that all of these worldly people  arrogantly brag  about being wiser  and more clever  than others,  as they “pull the wool  over everyone’s eyes”.     God knows how  they look down  on Christians  as being dumb  for trusting in Jesus  for their salvation.

That is why  God tells His children  to just, “Trust in the Lord,  and do good;  dwell in the land,  and feed  on His faithfulness.”     God has proven  His eternal love  and power  in Jesus Christ.     We can surely trust Him  to be with us  to the end,  as we live  according to His word.

Then  as God strengthens us  day by day,  and leads us  in His paths  of righteousness,  we will see the beauty  of it all  and surely say,  “Hallelujah!     The LORD  is my Savior.”

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

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

.

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

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

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

Psalm 105:3

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

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

Philippians 3:12

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The Life Was the Light of Men

August 13, 2017

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The Life Was the Light of Men

The sunrise is  stunningly beautiful,  changing every second.     But,  much more everlastingly beautiful  than that  is John’s description  of Jesus.

He says  in John 1:1-5,

In the beginning  was the Word,  and the Word was with God,  and the Word  was God.     He was in the beginning  with God.      All things came into being  through Him;   and apart from Him  nothing came  into being  that has come into being.     In Him was life;  and the life  was the light of men.     And the light shines  in the darkness;  and the darkness  did not comprehend it.

Jesus is the Word.     Jesus is God — as John says, “the Word was God”.      There are no adequate words  to explain that,  because we are only human  and live on this earth  for a relatively very short time.     We don’t have minds  that can fully conceive  of the things  that are spiritual  and eternal.     Because Jesus is eternal,  He is God.     There is no other eternal.

Nobody can really explain eternity,  but eternity  has no beginning  and no end.     So,  when Jesus was  “in the beginning”,  that is from before  the beginning  of creation — and from before the beginning  of time  for all the created things  that now exist.

John says,  “All things came into being  through Him.”      So Jesus is the Creator  of all creation.      When John further says,  “and apart from Him  nothing came  into being  that has come  into being”,  he is again emphasizing  that fact  that Jesus is God.     Only God  created all things  and there is only one God.

Many people think of Jesus  only as a man,  who preached,  and who happened  to die  on a cross.     But,  He was so much more  than mere people could imagine.     The people had hated  and crucified  their very own Creator.     How could that be?

There is no scientific explanation  as we think of science.     Our minds  are so confined  to what we can see,  feel,  smell,  and taste,  that we cannot comprehend  the miracle  that took place  in Jesus’ suffering,  death,  and resurrection.     But,  just think,  it was all prophesied  through thousands of years  by many different prophets.     That is miraculous.

That shows eternal,  Almighty power  —  something we certainly don’t have.

When we experience  our one measly life  here on earth,  we might boast  about our power  to control some little thing  or person.     But,  our ability  to control something  is ridiculously puny,  when compared  to God’s power  to control.     That is why  it is so stupid  of people  to take pride  in what they think  they control.     We don’t have the power  to do anything  unless God grants it  to us  for a short time.

John further describes Jesus  by saying,  “In Him was life;  and the life  was the light of men.     And the light shines  in the darkness;  and the darkness  did not comprehend it.”

Jesus is so much more  than the Creator  of our physical life.     Jesus is the embodiment  of the spiritual life  we need  —  if we want  to be saved  from our sins  and live forever  in heaven.     In His resurrection,  Jesus proved  that He is God,  that He preached the truth  about our sins  and our need  for repentance.     So,  this spiritual life  Jesus gives us  is a light  for us.     It shows us  the beauty of holiness  and faith  in the living God.

So,  in that way,  Jesus is our light  in this dark world  of sin.     Jesus shows us  the way  to heaven  through faith.

If we only pay attention  to the influences  of this dark world,  we will never be able  to see the light  of the love of God.     The evil in this world knows  how to keep us  so occupied  with sinful living,  that we don’t have a clue  about the love  of God right  in front  of our noses,  where God is constantly trying  to get our attention.

Jesus (God Himself) preached the truths  of God,  but many  of the people  didn’t get it.     Many wanted to stay  in the dark corners  of their world,  because if they would go  into the light  of repentance,  they might look bad  in the eyes  of others.     Nobody wants to admit  that they’re a sinner,  who needs  to be washed  in the blood of Jesus.

The prideful evil  of this world  cannot comprehend  their need  to become humble  and learn  to depend  on their Creator,  Sustainer,  and Redeemer.

And life goes on…….

Do we want  to walk  in the light?     If you’re afraid,  how can stumbling around  in the dark  over the garbage  of our sins  possibly be  a better way to live?     How can the darkness  of our sins  ever lead us  to the eternal love  of God  that we claim we want?

We really need  to get  in the light.

When we do step  into the light  of God’s salvation  in Christ,  we will say,  “Hallelujah!     Because my LORD lives,  now I can really live!”

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

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

.

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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I Am Not Worthy

August 12, 2017

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I Am Not Worthy

I came across a blog post  wherein  the author wrote about  the activities  of a church getting ready  for Vacation Bible School.     She noted  that the theme  for the Vacation Bible School  was nothing like themes  used to be  years ago.     From what she showed,  I would have to agree.     There was more emphasis  on robots  than the truths  of God’s word.     Robots are more apt  to gain a child’s attention  and be maintained  in a child’s memory.     But,  the children  do not retain the connection  of robots  to God’s word.

Back in the old days,  Sunday School  and Vacation Bible School centered  on the actual word of God  and how our lives  need to be connected  to it.     The songs we sang centered  on the truths  of God.     But today, they center on physical movements,  which can more memorable  than the truths  they claim  to express.

Children may love the activities,  but they don’t have a clue  that they are sinners  in need  of Jesus as their Savior.     Sadly,  they grow up  with no honest need  for a Savior  and only end up having no regard  for God’s word.     So,  their hearts grow cold  towards Christ our Lord.

That’s not how it was  for a Roman centurion  in Jesus’ day.     He learned God’s word,  believed it,  and loved it so much  that he built a synagogue  for the Jews  in Capernaum.     Then,  his beloved slave became sick  and was about to die.     He sent some Jewish elders  to ask Jesus  to heal  his slave.     When Jesus came near his house,  he sent friends, saying,  in Luke 7:6,

Lord,  do not trouble Yourself further,  for I am not worthy  for You  to come under my roof;  for this reason  I did not even consider myself worthy  to come to You,   but just say the word,  and my servant  will be healed.     

He went on  to describe  how all his servants obey  his every command.     Based  on that truth,  and the truth  of Jesus’ position  of authority,  he was sure  Jesus could simply command  his slave’s healing  from a distance,  and it would be done.

Jesus marveled,  and said  to everyone  in Luke 7:9,

I say to you,  not even  in Israel  have I found  such great faith.”   

The centurion’s slave  was immediately  completely healed.     The centurion’s faith came  from knowing God’s word  and all that God has done  and promised  over the years.

“Such great faith”  has far more joy  than robots  —  even though  we all must admit,  “I am not worthy”.

Grounded  in God’s word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for leading us  in Your word  and strengthening our faith.”

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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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 Queen of Sheba and Nineveh

August 11, 2017

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The Queen of Sheba and Nineveh

We might be judged  by the Queen of Sheba  and the people  of Nineveh.      I wonder what they will say  about us.

2 Chronicles 9:1-12  tells the story  of the Queen of Sheba’s visit  to King Solomon  and how she  blessed the LORD  when she realized  His power.

The book  of Jonah  tells the story  of the Ninevites  who repented  with fasting  and sackcloth  when Jonah preached  to them.     They had been  a very wicked people,  but turned  to God  for forgiveness  and put their whole hope  in the Lord.

When we search  for the LORD  to see what He is all about  —  as the Queen of Sheba did  —  God will bless us  with the knowledge  of His salvation  in Jesus Christ.     But  —  we must make the “trip”.     We must put forth  the effort  to search  and find out  for ourselves  just how great  the LORD is.     We need  to care  about the truth  like the Queen of Sheba did  in order  to fully appreciate  God’s eternal power.

When we see  how cruddy we are  in the filthiness  of our sins,  we need  to be like the Ninevites  and quickly turn  to the LORD  in a true repentance.     Our repentance needs  to be a turning away  from our sins.     Repentance makes  a conscious effort  to live  as a child of God  should live.

When Jesus showed the people  the grave importance  of their repentance,  faith in God,  and desire  to know God,  He said it  like this  in  Luke 11:31-32,

The Queen  of the South  shall rise up  with the men  of this generation  at the judgment  and condemn them,  because  she came  from the ends of the earth  to hear the wisdom  of Solomon;  and behold,  something greater  than Solomon  is here.

The men  of Nineveh  shall stand up  with this generation  at the judgment  and condemn it,  because they repented  at the preaching  of Jonah;  and behold,  something greater  than Jonah  is here.

We have that ”something greater”  that the Queen of Sheba  and the Ninevites  did not have.

We have the knowledge  of Jesus Christ coming  to this earth  exactly as prophesied  for thousands of years.     We have  all the proof  anyone ever needs  to show,  without a doubt,  that our Savior,  Jesus is truly Lord and God  over all.     He is our only hope  of salvation  and eternal life.

So,  what are we going to do  about it?

Hopefully,  we will think this over  and put forth the efforts needed  to care  and learn more,  as the Queen did.     Hopefully,  we will change our ways,  as the Ninevites did.     Then we will be saved  just as they were saved.

It’s easy  to want  to put off repentance  and  a search  for the truth  of God.     It’s easy  because people are afraid  of looking weak  in the eyes  of others.     One has to give up pride.     And,  it takes time  to search the Bible  in an effort  to get to know  what God has done  and what He expects  of us.     People are afraid  of what God expects  from them  —  which is faith,  hope  and love.

But we need  to get a grip  on the reality  of our situation  and do something  about it.     When Paul talked  about sins  and repentance,  he asked the Roman Christians  in  Romans 2:4,

Do you think lightly  of the riches  of His kindness  and forbearance  and patience,  not knowing  that the kindness  of God  leads you  to repentance?

Let us not think lightly  of God’s love  and patience  towards us.     The Queen of Sheba  and the Ninevites  took God’s word seriously.     So should we.

As we appreciate God’s love,  power,  and forgiveness,  we will say,  “Hallelujah!     The LORD is  so good!”

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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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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