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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

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The word of the LORD is tried;

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

Psalm 18:30

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

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

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

Psalm 105:3

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

Philippians 3:12

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Like 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

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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 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

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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

.

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

.

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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Encourage One Another

May 21, 2017

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Encourage One Another

I know  that the early Christians felt  that they were living  in the end times  and that Judgment Day  would come  in their life time  or in a relatively short time.     In some ways  they were very right.     They were living  in the beginning  of the end.     That puts us today  so very much nearer  to the big “The End”.

Those early Christians felt  a very urgent need  to encourage one another  because of the afflictions  and death threats they were experiencing.     When one gets to thinking about it,  things haven’t changed.     Christians in various parts  of the world today  are being imprisoned,  tortured  and killed  for their faith.

Here in the United States  there are very real afflictions  from those who want  to change the definition of marriage,  those who want  to force Christians  to accept all aberrant life styles,  those who say  “true Christians”  will realize that Jesus is not  the only way  to eternal life,  etc.,  etc.,  etc.

Every one of these threats  for us  to become “politically correct”  in this modern world  is actually an attack  on God’s word  and our faith.    They are ways  to water down the truths  of God  and instill evil  into the church.

These are the means  Satan is using  to take God away  from our children.     It seems  to be working.     More and more churches  are making official statements  that accept  these heresies as “truth”.

Now what can we do  to encourage our children  —  our grandchildren,  friends  and relatives?     Do we care  whether or not  they get duped  into accepting  these fallacies?

What can we do?    Each of us  is only one Joe  or Josephine.     There are so many heretics  and we can’t change them.

God doesn’t ask us  to change them.     God simply wants us  to encourage one another  in the truth.     We need  to remain strong  in the truth.     How?

Paul says  in 1 Thessalonians 5:11“Then encourage one another  and strengthen one another  just as  you are doing.”     How?

By sharing God’s truths  with one another.     You can do this  in one-on-one situations every day  of your life.     There is no end  to the encouragement  the people around us need  from day to day.

Each one of us  has experienced the love  of our Lord  in various ways.     As we grow  in faith,  God shows us  some very beautiful truths  about what He has done  for us.     We need  to share those truths  for the sake  of our children,  family  and friends.     When we come to realize  something very special  about God,  we don’t keep it  to ourselves.     We share it  to encourage others.     Others need you  to share  with them.

In the early church  everybody  —  that’s everybody  —  took part  in sharing God’s word  in some way  or another.     They had  a much less formal worship service.     Back in those days,  even speaking  in different languages  was a gift  God gave  to help spread the gospel,  but it was not  the preferred way.

Here’s Paul’s word  to you  in 1 Corinthians 14:24-26  to explain  how you should share,  “But if all speak God’s Word  and some unbeliever  or ordinary person comes in,  all convince him  of his sin  and all examine him.    The secrets of his heart are shown  and so he bows down  with his face  on the ground,  worships God,  and declares,  ‘God is certainly here  among you.’     What should you do,  then,  my fellow Christians?    When you meet,  everyone is ready  with a song,  something to teach,  some truth  from God,  another language,  or an explanation.    Do it all to help one another grow.”

In other words,  all should speak  God’s word  so that unbelievers  will come to understand  God’s salvation  from sin.     All should help one another grow  in faith  by sharing songs,  teachings,  truths,  and explanations.     “All”  is a mighty big word  because it doesn’t leave anyone out.

Don’t think your words  won’t be powerful  in helping someone  out there.    It is God  who uses our words  to encourage others  in His truths.     You don’t have to  have perfect English  or some sort  of college degree.

Our occupations and talents  are gifts  from God.     Use your special gifts  in this life  to reach others  in ways  that no one else can  because your experience  is special.

As God told Moses  in Exodus 4:11-12“Who has made  man’s mouth?     Or who makes him dumb  or deaf,  or seeing  or blind?     Is it not I,  the LORD?     Now then go,  and I,  even I,  will be with your mouth,  and teach you  what you are  to say.”

God can embolden us  to encourage one another  in the truth.     Then we can say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for sharing Your word with 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

.

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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Do Not Lose Heart

May 20, 2017

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Do Not Lose Heart

Sometimes  Christians kinda  feel like  giving up  on the witnessing  of their faith.     They reason  that they will never reach more  than the few people  in their immediate surroundings  —  and that  even in those circles,  very few want  to talk about salvation  through faith  in Christ.     Besides,  they reason  that ordinary Christians  don’t have a “ministry”  of any sort  —  that’s not our “responsibility“.

Really?     Christ actually wants  every single Christian  to be a witness  for Him  —  in spite  of the fact  that most people don’t want  to hear  any sort  of “gospel” message.     But,  the bottom line is  that our whole lives  are a witness,  even when we’re not talking  about salvation  —  and especially  when we’re not talking  about salvation.

If we’re in the habit  of using foul words,  slandering,  lying,  “taking” things,  being unkind,  being impatient,  driving recklessly,  being belligerent,  being loveless,  twisting words,  etc.,  we are being shameful witnesses  of the faith  we claim  —  actually,  we would be witnessing against  the love  of God  in Christ.

Those who do appreciate  God’s love  and sacrifice  for all  of us  should “not lose heart”  as they daily face the sinfulness  of this world.     It doesn’t matter how the world chooses  to act,  Christians live  for God.

The apostle Paul  faced much more difficult situations  in his ministry,  so he says  to all Christians  down through the ages,  in 2 Corinthians 4:1-4,

Therefore,  since we have this ministry,  as we received mercy,  we  do not lose heart,  but we have renounced  the things hidden  because of shame,  not walking  in craftiness  or adulterating the word  of God,  but by the manifestation  of truth  commending ourselves  to every man’s conscience  in the sight  of God.    

And even if  our gospel  is veiled,  it is veiled  to those  who are perishing,  in whose case  the god  of this world  has blinded the minds  of the unbelieving  so that they might not see  the light  of the gospel  of the glory  of Christ,  who is the image  of God.

Christians are  to  “not lose heart”  in any  of their life circumstances,  because they are serving the LORD  of all  with their whole lives.     They are witnessing  to God’s love  with their honesty,  truthfulness,  kindness,  patience,  on-going love,  goodness,  and trust  in the LORD.     We are  in God’s care  as we serve Him.

Knowing God’s love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your mercy.     Let us always serve You  with true hearts.”

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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See for Yourself

May 19, 2017

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See for Yourself

Have you ever played the game “Telephone”?     In it,  everyone sits  in a big circle.     Then someone writes down  a message  and whispers that message  to the person sitting next  to them.      Each person  in the circle  takes their turn  whispering that message,  exactly as they heard it,  to the person next  to them.      Then the last person  proclaims the message  out loud.

What a surprise as it is  compared with the original written message!      No one can figure out  how the message  became so changed.      Everyone “claims”  to have repeated it  exactly as heard.      And so gossip  (hearsay)  goes…

It is possible  for even God’s word  to be radically changed,  IF people today  don’t go straight  to the source  (the Bible)  and find out  for themselves  what was originally said.      That is why  we see so many cults today  —  people don’t check things out  for themselves.

What good is hearsay?      We each need to read  and learn first-hand  about God’s faithfulness,  love,  salvation,  forgiveness,  and patience  with each and every one  of us.      Don’t leave all the work  of reading,  studying,  and searching  up to someone else.      They might be  all messed up.     They might just be  on an ego trip.

It is our personal responsibility  to purposely  look through the Bible  for evidence  of God’s love  for each of us,  (personally  –  really personally)  realizing  that the books  in the Bible  were written hundreds  and even thousands  of years apart,  by many different prophets.      But,  no matter when written,  they all agree  with all the other books  in the Bible  and with other archeological records.

Even better than that,  the Bible shows  how God made a promise  of salvation  in the very beginning  (in the Garden of Eden)  and then the Bible shows  every single step  God took  throughout history  to keep that promise  of salvation,  word for word,  in the birth,  life,  suffering,  death,  and resurrection  of Jesus Christ.     There simply is nothing  more marvelous!      And it is pure truth  right down  through the ages  for you  and for me.

Do you really know  just how deeply  God loves you  —  even though other people  may not see you  as particularly lovable?     You’ve got to find out  for sure.

If you only believe  what someone else has said  about God’s love  for you,  your faith  will be weak.     You might be tempted  to think,  “Well,  what do they know.     They don’t know  ‘my’ sins.     They don’t even know  ‘my’ doubts  and fears  or the horrendously rough times  I’ve had.     It’s easy  for God to love ‘them’;  BUT ‘me’?…….    That doesn’t seem possible.”

So, not reading the Bible  will cause even you  to be a weak Christian  —  exactly the way  Satan wants  to keep you in his realm  of doubts  and fears.

Find out  for yourself  the strength,  power  and love of God  over thousands of years.     Delve into the Bible  like a defense lawyer  —  searching,  digging out details,  comparing verse to verse,  even though they were written thousands  of years apart.     Prove it  for yourself.     Then,  erase your wonderings.

You will see  that Psalm 119:89,  “Forever,  O LORD,  Your word  is settled  in heaven,”  is true.

Then you will see  the awesome wonders  and truths  of Isaiah 40:8  for your own personal life,  “The grass withers,  the flower fades,  but, the word  of our God  stands forever.”

It’s like an old computer  learning ad  we used to see  on TV.     The mother says,  “My daughter knows a lot more  about computers  than me  and she’s only three.     Now, I’ve learned a lot  about computers  and I had a lot  of fun.”

We can also have  a lot of fun learning  to use  all sorts of Bible study aids  —  like Strong’s Concordance,  which is a language dictionary.     It gives the definitions  of the Bible’s  Greek and Hebrew words  that have been translated  into English  for us.     That will give us  greater depth  into what the Hebrew and Greek writers  were saying  when they wrote the Bible.

There are a number  of Bible study web sites  on which one can use  Strong’s Concordance  for free.     Or,  if you prefer,  you can get our own hard copy  at most Bible book stores.

Then,  at your leisure,  you can search out  the beauties  of God’s word  for yourself.

What a comfort  we can find  in the Bible,  as our heavenly Father  speaks straight  to us.     2 Timothy 3:16-17“All Scripture  is inspired  by God  and profitable  for teaching,  for reproof,  for correction,  for training  in righteousness,  that the man of God  may be adequate,  equipped  for every good work.”

It’s God talking directly  to us,  training us.     Listen.     Don’t let anyone else  take you  off course.    Then in relief,  we can 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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