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Learning to Be Content

May 28, 2017

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Learning to Be Content

Years ago  in college,  I’d often visit  with a fellow student  who was very lax  about showing up  for class.     He had faced many,  very tough situations  in life  and was having  a rough time  straightening out.     When he did make it to class,  he obviously needed  a cleaner tee shirt  and a shave.     But,  come every test time,  he was clean shaven,  in a nice suit,  and even early for class.     I just had to ask him  about that habit.     His reply?     “I just hope Dr. _______  will notice  my effort  and have mercy.”

Kind Dr. _______  knew his best lesson was  to repeat  the class.

We will always have lessons  in life  that need  to be learned.     The things we have to learn  are things  that do not come naturally.     Things like readin’,  writin’,  and ‘rithmetic  take years  of study.     Things like faith,  love,  and contentment  can also take years  of learning  because they do not come naturally  to our sinful natures.     Our Lord’s mercy  and love  will make us repeat  His lessons  until they are learned.      Are we willing learners?

St. Paul spoke  of some “lessons” he learned  over the years.     In Philippians 4:11-13, Paul said,  “I have learned  to be content  in whatever circumstances  I am.      I know  how to get along  with humble means,  and I also know  how to live  in prosperity.     In any  and every circumstance  I have learned the secret  of being filled  and going hungry,  both of having abundance  and suffering need.     I can do all things  through Him  who strengthens me.”

Note how Paul keeps stressing  his learning process.     Paul is not just whistling  in the wind  when he talks  about learning contentment.     If we read 2 Corinthians 11:18-33,  we find out  a bit  about his imprisonments,  beatings,  labors  and endangerments.     He went through  a whole lot more  than any of us have.     Through it all,  he learned contentment.

Paul learned contentment  in prison  realizing God’s grace  as  with him.     He learned contentment  in a shipwreck  because God was there,  too.     Paul could even  be content  as he dealt  with false Christians  because he learned  that our Lord was present.     When hungry  and without resources,  Paul was content  knowing God would carry him through.

With all these learning experiences  flooding his heart  and mind,  Paul shares his knowledge  and faith  with Timothy  by saying,  “Godliness actually is  a means of great gain  when accompanied  by contentment.      For we have brought nothing  into the world,  so we cannot  take anything out  of it either.     If we have food  and covering,  with these  we shall be content.”    (1Timothy 6:6-8)

Hebrews 13:5-6 quotes some  of God’s Old Testament promises.     It says,  “Make sure  that your character  is free  from the love  of money,  being content  with what you have;  for He Himself has said,  “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU,  NOR WILL I EVER  FORSAKE YOU,”   so that we confidently say,  “THE LORD  IS MY HELPER,  I WILL NOT  BE AFRAID.     WHAT WILL MAN  DO TO ME?”

Learning contentment is  easier said  than done.     We cannot learn  without attending  God’s classroom.     Our textbook is  the Bible.     There our Teacher speaks  to us  on a personal level.     Our assignment is  to trust God  and be content  in every testy situation.     Our Teacher  will allow us  to experience  all sorts  of trials  and stand in awe  at how He gets us  through all  of them.

When we realize  that we can trust  our Teacher  because He is  our Savior,  we will have learned  to be content  in His loving arms.

Class won’t be over  until we reach  our heavenly goal.     Our graduation cap  will be  a golden crown  —  1 Peter 5:4   “You will receive t he unfading crown  of glory.”

Our graduation gown  will be the white robe  of Christ’s righteousness  —  Revelation 7:14   “These are the ones  who come out  of the great tribulation,  and they have washed  their robes  and made them white  in the blood  of the Lamb.”

Our diploma  will be our names written  in the book  of life  —  Revelation 3:5,   “I will not erase his name  from the book  of life.”

Graduation  will be wonderful.     Contentment  is a relief,  as we say,  “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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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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Behold, a Gluttonous Man and a Drunkard

May 27, 2017

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Behold, a Gluttonous Man and a Drunkard

The Bible is full of examples  of envious  and hateful people trying  to demoralize God’s children  in their living  for God.     If we are actually living  for God,  chances are  we will come across those  who will try  to demoralize us  and prevent us  from living  to God’s glory.

In the Third Epistle of John,  he tells about Diotrephes demoralizing  against the truth.     2 Peter, chapters 2 and 3, refer to all sorts  of false preachers trying  to stir up troubles  and make themselves leaders  out of hatred  for the truth.     James,  chapter three,  describes the bitter jealousy  and selfish ambitions  of those  who lie against the truth.    Paul’s epistles  often refer  to specific people trying  to put down the gospel he preached,  just because they wanted  to be the leaders.

In the Old Testament,  the book of Nehemiah describes  the problems the Israelites had  in dealing  with Sanballat,  who tried  to demoralize them  as they rebuilt the walls  of Jerusalem.     One could go on and on  about the jealousies Moses encountered,  along with Isaiah,  Jeremiah,  and all the other prophets.

People even tried  to demoralize Jesus.     In Matthew 11:19 Jesus said,  “The Son of Man came  eating  and drinking  and they say,  ‘Behold,  a gluttonous man  and a drunkard,  a friend of tax-gatherers  and sinners!’”     Then in Matthew 12:24  the Pharisees  are so jealous of Jesus,  they tell the people,  “This man casts out demons  only by Beelzebul  the ruler  of the demons.”

Such hateful lies hurt.

If we are living  according to God’s word today,  we too,  will probably  get slandered  with hateful words.     It could be  in a classroom  where evolution  is being taught  —  in a workplace,  where we refuse  to take part  in dishonest dealings  —  or in a social gathering  where we turn away  from gossip.

These days,  demoralizing Christians  has become fashionable artwork  and is even considered  great literature.     Since Peter knew  what it felt like  to be the butt  of such talk,  he says  in 1 Peter 4:14“If you are reviled  for the name  of Christ,  you are blessed,  because the Spirit  of glory  and of God rests  upon you.”     He continues  in verse 16“If anyone suffers  as a Christian,  let him not feel ashamed,  but in that name  let him glorify God.”

In other words, it is great that others know you are a true child of God.   We don’t have anything to be ashamed of  with our God and Savior.    We can rejoice and glory in Him.

But,  with all this attention  on others demoralizing us,  maybe we should check  to see  if we  demoralize others.

James 2:1-13 describes  how some Christians treat  other Christians.     It speaks  of rich Christians  dishonoring poor Christians  —  the rich  demoralizing the poor.

We know there are many ways  to be “poor”.

The “poor” might not dress  in the latest fashion  —  maybe he has  learning difficulties  —  a speech impediment  —  lacks confidence  —  is too hefty  —  too skinny  —  old and forgetful  —  has a physical disability  —  a questionable past  —  has an embarrassing love for Jesus  —  or anything else  that sets him apart  from the “in crowd”.

Do we honestly love all  our fellow Christians?     How do we show   our love?

James 2:8 says  we had all better be  fulfilling the “royal law”  —   “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”     We might think  of ourselves  as pretty good Christians,  but if we don’t keep  that commandment,  we will have to face  severe judgment.

James 2:12-13 then says,  “So speak  and so act,  as those who are to be judged  by the law  of liberty.     For judgment will be merciless  to one  who has shown no mercy;  mercy triumphs  over judgment.”

The “law of liberty” is the law  of loving others  as God has loved us.     No longer bound to “Thou shalt”  and “Thou shalt not”,  we let the love  of God  guide all  of our saying  and doing.

The “poor” child  of God  is here  to test our sincerity  of heart.     James 2:5“Did not God choose the poor  of this world  to be rich  in faith  and heirs  of the kingdom?”

Everything we do  is to show the love  of God  in our lives,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for 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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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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An Everlasting Rock

May 26, 2017

 

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An Everlasting Rock

We can’t  —  shouldn’t  —  base our faith  on just any little ol’ whim  or feeling  —  something that might be here today  and gone tomorrow.     It’s only sensible  to base our faith  on something that is solid,   something that is true  —  and historically proven.      That is why the New Testament  often refers  to the fulfilled prophecies  about Jesus  that were made  in Old Testament times  and fulfilled  in Christ.      That is “rock” solid history,  written by many men over thousands  of years.     That’s the “rock”  we need  to hold onto  —  prophecies about a Savior  that were all fulfilled  in the one man,  Christ Jesus.      That’s something solid,  something true.

It would be totally foolish  to base our faith  and trust  in mere myths  and superstitions.     Myths and superstitions  cannot save anyone  in dire trouble  —  and certainly not  on Judgment Day.     We need the wisdom  to examine  the facts  that have proven themselves  to be true  over the years.

As Isaiah preached,  he wrote in Isaiah 26:4,

Trust  in the LORD  forever,
For  in GOD the LORD,  we have  an everlasting Rock.

As King David trusted  in the LORD,  he declared  in Psalm 31:1-3,

In You,  O LORD,  I have  taken refuge;
Let me  never be ashamed;
In Your righteousness  deliver me.      

Incline Your ear  to me,  rescue me quickly;
Be to me  a rock  of strength,
A stronghold  to save me.      

For  You are my rock  and my fortress;
For Your name’s sake  You will lead me  and guide me.

Here we see  how David positively trusts  in God.     David asks God  to rescue and lead him  For Your name’s sake.     God’s word  from the beginning  of time  has promised  to be our “refuge”“rock  of strength”,  and “fortress”.     David is simply holding God  to His promise,  because God’s  “righteousness”  will not fail us  —  that’s God’s  “righteousness”,  not ours.

As we look  to God’s  “righteousness”  in Christ Jesus,  to be our  “everlasting rock”,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  You are our refuge and strength  in Christ Jesus.”

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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I Have Spoken to You

May 25, 2017

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I Have Spoken to You

We don’t know  what will happen  in this world from one day  to the next.     So,  any time we feel intimidated,  it is easy for us  to forget  to trust  in our Lord and Savior.     Jesus doesn’t want us  to be afraid  of the things  that happen  to us,  because they are temporary  —  and we are  in His eternal care  right now.

To build up His disciples’ faith,  Jesus taught them  God’s truths.     That included letting them know  that their lives  would include various trials  that would show them  that God is with us  in every situation  —  thus helping them  to trust  in Jesus  through thick and thin.

The disciples were taught  the importance  of keeping God’s word,  just as it was taught  to them  —  without adding to it or taking away  from it.     That included  honestly loving their fellow Christians,  as brothers and sisters  in Christ.     In all that,  they were told  that the world  would hate them  —  just as it hated Christ.     In spite  of being hated,  they were to continue  in the true faith,  serving God  with their whole lives.

Then,  Jesus said  in John 16:1-4,

These things  I have spoken  to you  so that you may be kept  from stumbling.      They will make you outcasts  from the synagogue,  but an hour is coming  for everyone who kills you  to think  that he is offering service  to God.     These things  they will do  because they have not known the Father  or Me.     But  these things I have spoken  to you,  so that when their hour comes,  you may remember  that I told you  of them.   

These words are for all  of Jesus’ followers  down through the ages.     The hatred  of the hateful  should not make us  lose faith  in our Creator Redeemer,  who has proven  His word  to be true  down through the ages.

Jesus wants us  to remember that.     To help us  remember,  we need  to stay close  to God’s word  in the Bible.     No one can stay  in the true faith  by ignoring God’s word.     Jesus  is our strength  and stay.

“Remembering”  what Jesus  has “spoken”  to us  in His word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for giving us Your eternal 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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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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Like an Enemy

May 24, 2017

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Like an Enemy

We should not feel sorry  for ourselves  as we suffer the consequences  of our sins.     Think of the Old Testament examples  of Saul,  Ahab,  and Esau,  who were only sorry  for the consequences  they suffered  for their sins.     They were not sorry  for having sinned  against the LORD God Almighty,  who created,  loves,  and sustains us.     They didn’t care that they had polluted  God’s holy name  in front of many people.

For that reason,  Jeremiah wrote  in Lamentations 2:5-7  regarding the consequences  of all Israel’s sins,

The Lord  has become like an enemy.
He has swallowed up  Israel;
He has swallowed up  all its palaces,
He has destroyed  its strongholds
And multiplied  in the daughter of Judah
Mourning and moaning.      

And He has violently treated  His tabernacle  like a garden booth;
He has destroyed  His appointed meeting place.      

The LORD has caused  to be forgotten
The appointed feast  and sabbath  in Zion,
And He has despised  king  and priest
In the indignation  of His anger.       

The Lord  has rejected  His altar,
He has abandoned  His sanctuary;
He has delivered  into the hand  of the enemy
The walls  of her palaces.      

It’s so easy  to only want  to only think about the love  of God.     Thinking about God’s judgment  makes a person uncomfortable.     Our guilt  causes us  to quickly think  of other things  that put us in a better light,  like the nice things  we occasionally do.

But,  as sinners,  we cannot fully appreciate  the love,  forgiveness  and salvation of God,  unless we fess up  to our utterly lost condition.     We are  without hope  in our sins,  until we lay  all our sins  on Jesus.      Jesus is the only one who can wash us clean  and make us whole.

Why did God  become  “like an enemy”  to Israel?      Why did God  cause Israel  to fall before her enemies?      Why,  oh why did God  allow His own temple  to be destroyed?      Even the Sabbath  and all the special feasts  became forgotten celebrations.

Unrepentant sin  was the problem then  as it is now.     So,  Jesus warns us  in Matthew 24:12,

Because lawlessness is increased,  most people’s love  will grow cold.

…and in John 14:15,

If you love Me,  you will  keep My commandments.

So,  Peter pleaded  in Acts 2:38,

Repent,  and each of you be baptized  in the name  of Jesus Christ  for the forgiveness  of your sins;  and you will receive  the gift  of the Holy Spirit.

That’s not the modern way  of preaching  —  but,  it is God’s desire  for our eternal welfare.

Glad for God’s faithful reminders,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  we praise You  for washing away  all our sins  in Christ Jesus.”

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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The Faithful and Sensible Slave

May 23, 2017

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The Faithful and Sensible Slave

Most people don’t want  to think  about it,  but we are  either slaves  to the LORD  —  or slaves  to Satan.     How we think  and live  matters.     Jesus taught  in Matthew 6:24,

No one can serve  two masters;  for either  he will hate the one  and love the other,  or he will be devoted  to one  and despise  the other.     You cannot serve God  and wealth.

“Wealth” there represents  all the greed  of this world,  which takes us away  from God.       Many people feel  they are “enriching” themselves  with their pet sins,  which are nothing but serving Satan  and the sins  of this world.

So,  we have to figure out what really is good,  right,  and best for everyone concerned.     We have been dearly loved  by our Creator Redeemer,  who has loved us  with a sacrificial love.     What is a decent response  to that love.     We should respond as a  “faithful  and sensible slave”.     After all,  everything we have  has been lovingly given  to us.

To teach us  what is morally right  and decent,  Jesus presented a parable  in Matthew 24:45-51,

Who then is  the faithful  and sensible slave  whom his master put in charge  of his household  to give them their food  at the proper time?      Blessed is that slave  whom his master finds  so doing  when he comes.     Truly I say to you  that he will put him  in charge  of all his possessions.     But if  that evil slave says  in his heart,  ‘My master is not coming  for a long time,’  and begins to beat  his fellow slaves  and eat and drink  with drunkards;  the master  of that slave  will come  on a day  when he does not expect him  and at an hour  which he does not know,  and will cut him  in pieces  and assign him  a place  with the hypocrites;  in that place  there will be weeping  and gnashing  of teeth.

No one knows  when our Lord Jesus  will come  for this earth’s Judgment Day.     What will our hearts  be like  after facing  so many tempting onslaughts  of this world’s evil ways?     Our strength comes  from the Lord,  who is  “the way,  and the truth,  and the life”.     (John 14:6)

Bound  to serve  in the strength  of God’s love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You for being  the way,  truth,  and life  that leads us  in Your righteousness.”

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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How Often I Wanted to Gather Your Children Together

May 22, 2017

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How Often I Wanted to Gather Your Children Together

It seems  most people  go through life  “blind in one eye, and can’t see out the other”.     They either can’t see  —  or don’t want  to see  —  God’s faithful love  for them.     That’s been true  from the beginning  of time  when people started sinning.     The bottom line is that much  of our sinning  is based  on refusing  to trust God.

People are  of the opinion  that they can take care  of themselves  much better  than God can  because God  “obviously” doesn’t seem  to satisfy  all their “desires“.     They don’t want  to talk about the fact  that many  of their desires are based  on all sorts  of sin.

In spite  of the fact  that God has dearly loved His people  down through the ages,  people have fought against God  with their rebellious sins,  denials  of God’s truths,  mockery of God’s word,  the despising and harassment  of God’s faithful children,  etc.     Even when Jesus was preaching,  many religious leaders hated Him  and planned  His death.

In Matthew 23,  Jesus specifically pointed out  their hypocritical ways.     Then  in sadness,  Jesus said  in Matthew 23:37-39,

Jerusalem,  Jerusalem,  who kills the prophets  and stones those  who are sent to her!     How often  I wanted  to gather your children together,  the way a hen  gathers her chicks  under her wings,  and you were unwilling.      

As we stand guilty  of all sorts  of sin,  we need  to open our eyes  to all  that God has done  for our salvation  down through the ages.     The Bible is the historical record  of God’s prophecies  of a Savior  and the fulfillment  of those prophecies  in Christ Jesus.     We need  to see  that we are still dearly loved  —  even though  we have sinned greatly.     Christ still wants  to gather us close  to His heart  and into His protective care.

Are we willing  or not?     What will satisfy us  in eternity?

Standing  in awe  of God’s undeserved love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  hold us close  in Your tender care.”

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

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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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