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He Spoke and It Was Done

November 21, 2017

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He Spoke and It Was Done

It’s so common  to hear evolutionists claim  that people who believe  in Creation  as a work of God  are very unscientific.     Yet,  the evolutionists have so many different theories  to put forth,  none of which  can really be proven.

But,  the Christian has scientific proof  that all of creation  is truly God’s work.     The psalmist sets forth some  of this proof, when in Psalm 33:6-11,  he says,

By the word  of the LORD  the heavens  were made,   
And by the breath  of His mouth  all their host,
He gathers the waters  of the sea together  as a heap;
He lays up the deeps  in storehouses.
Let all the earth  fear the LORD;
Let all the inhabitants  of the world stand  in awe  of Him.
For He spoke,  and it was done;   
He commanded,  and it stood fast.

The LORD nullifies  the counsel  of the nations;
He frustrates  the plans  of the peoples.
The counsel  of the LORD  stands forever,
The plans  of His heart  from generation  to generation.

The evolutionist will humph  and scornfully ask,   “What kind of proof  is that?     It’s nothing!”

As a good scientist,  he needs  to read all  of God’s word  to find his proof.     A good scientist is diligent  in searching out proof  for any given theory.     The theory is  that “He spoke,  and it was done;  He commanded,  and it stood fast.”     How can we prove  such a seemingly far-fetched theory?

As we read all  of God’s word,  which has been in existence  for thousands of years,  we remember  that we have archaeological evidence  of what was written  at given times  in history.     Many prophecies  of all sorts  were written,  and there is archaeological proof  that they were fulfilled  in the historical records  that have been found.

Many of those prophecies describe the Savior  in the minutest details  that absolutely no human being  could possibly replicate  all in the one person  of Jesus Christ.    So,  the Christian exclaims,  “Because God had the absolute power  to make so many prophecies  come true  in Jesus Christ,  that is all the proof needed  to know  with all certainty  that all  of God’s word is true.”

Therefore,  when that same God says  He made all things  by the breath of His mouth”,  we can be assured  that He is telling the truth.

As Christians check out  all the prophecies  about the Christ  and see  how they came true,  their trust in God’s word  is greatly strengthened  and they say  with the writer  of Psalm 119:162,

I rejoice  at Thy word,   
As one who finds  great spoil.

Let us really delve  into God’s word  and prove  for ourselves  what is right and good.     Why let the opinions  of others  sway us away  from what has proven itself?     And for what reason  does anyone want  to call God a liar,  when He has proven  He keeps His word?     Are we more afraid  of the opinions of men  rather than the eternal word  of God Almighty?     Who has proven  that he is worth trusting?

As we rejoice  in all our findings  in God’s promises  for us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord God,  Your word  is eternal  and Your promises  are sure.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
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

Oh 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

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 Spirit of Your Mind

November 20, 2017

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The Spirit of Your Mind

The way we tend to be  often shows  the “spirit of  our mind.”     We can change our mind  when we see the facts involved  in a situation.     Paul was very concerned  about the spirit  in the minds  of the Christians  at Ephesus.     They grew up  in a heathen,  idol-worshipping atmosphere,  but when Paul preached the gospel to them,  they saw how grossly sinful  their old lifestyle was  in comparison  to the love  and salvation found  in Christ.

Consequently,  the spirit of their minds  were changed  and they began living  in the Christian faith.     But,  as time went by,  these weak Christians started falling back  into their old heathen habits.     They didn’t even realize  that they were losing ground  in the spirit  of their minds.     So,  in Ephesians 4:17-24,  Paul reminds them  of how their minds are being influenced.    He says,

This I say  therefore,  and affirm  together with the Lord,  that you walk no longer  just as the Gentiles also walk,  in the futility  of their mind,  being darkened  in their understandingexcluded  from the life  of Godbecause of  the ignorance  that is in them,  because of  the hardness  of their heart;  and they, having become callous,  have given themselves over  to sensuality,  for the practice  of every kind  of impurity  with greediness.

But you did not learn Christ  in this way,  if indeed you have heard Him  and have been taught  in Him,  just as truth is  in Jesus,  that,  in reference  to your former manner of life,  you lay aside  the old self,  which is being corrupted  in accordance  with the lusts of deceit,  and that you be renewed  in the spirit  of your mind,  and put on the new self,  which in the likeness of God  has been created  in righteousness  and holiness  of the truth.

Paul wanted the Ephesian Christians  to intelligently look  at the differences  between their old heathen lifestyle  and the lifestyle they chose  when they first  turned  to Christ.     He wanted them  to evaluate the differences  between what they used to be  as heathens  and then,  what they had chosen to be  in Christ.

Paul pointed out  that the ways  of the Gentiles were obviously nothing  but a “futility of their mind”.     Their ways  of living  are futile.     Because they clung  to their heathen traditions,  they had no true understanding  about the reality  of the Lord God.     The tighter they held onto  their futile ways,  the more hardened their hearts became  to the truths  of God.     It’s like a never-ending spiral  going deeper  and deeper  into more kinds  of sins.

Then Paul reminds the Ephesians  that when they turned  their lives over  to Christ,  they were renewed  in the spirit  of their minds.     No longer  do they have to get sucked  deeper and deeper  into the degradations  of all sorts  of sin.

Instead,  as they look to God  and see His righteousness  and holiness  of truth, their minds  can become renewed  in that very same righteousness  and holiness.

And so,  we look at our minds.     We can let the loose morals  and sins  of this world  drag us down  into futility.     We need  to think about that.     Is that really  the way we want  to be?     Or,  we can allow God  to guide our minds  into everything  that is true,  and righteous,  and holy.

The spirit  of our minds  can be changed  by the rather small steps  of taking time daily  to read  and meditate on God’s word  in a quiet place  —  spending some time  in prayer.     These small steps  will lead  to leaps  in understanding God’s love  and learning  to put our faith  in Jesus.

As we choose to live  in God,  we will find the peace,  love  and holiness  that only comes  from being washed clean  in Jesus Christ.    Then, with sins forgiven,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank you  for faithfully loving us,  even in our weaknesses.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
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

Oh 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

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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Go Away

November 19, 2017

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Go Away

The apostle Paul  was under arrest  on trumped up charges.     In a Roman prison  he had to wait  for a hearing  to present his case  before the Roman authorities.     The governor,  Felix,  had heard a little bit  from Paul,  but put him off  for awhile.     Then in Acts 24:24-27, we read a bit more  about this case.

But some days later,  Felix arrived  with Drusilla,  his wife   who was a Jewess,  and sent for Paul,  and heard him speak  about faith  in Christ Jesus.

And as Paul was discussing righteousness,  self-control  and  the judgment  to come,  Felix became frightened  and said,  “Go away  for the present,  and when I find time,  I will summon you.”

At the same time too,  he was hoping  that money would be given him  by Paul;  therefore he also  used to send for him  quite often  and converse with him.     But  after two years had passed,  Felix was succeeded  by Porcius Festus;  and wishing to do the Jews a favor,  Felix left Paul imprisoned.

Isn’t that just like  elected officials.

In spite of greed  being partially the reason  for talking to Paul  quite often,  the fact still stands  that Felix was frightened  when hearing  about the truths  of “righteousness,  self-control  and the judgment to come.”     Every one of those truths  pricked his conscience.

As we read any  of Paul’s letters  to the churches,  we can see  he laid the facts right  on the line.     Paul did not mince words.      Paul did not skirt around the truth  because he fully realized  that the eternal salvation  of everyone he spoke to  was in jeopardy.

Love for the souls  of others  led Paul  to be straightforward  about judgment,  grace  and mercy.     But,  Paul’s truthfulness caused Felix  to say,   “Go away…”

It’s sad  when people are afraid  of the truth.     Surely,  aspects of the truth  are scary  —  but,  not facing the truth  is even more scary.     We cannot run away  forever.     We only have this life time  to face the truth  and act on it.     And,  we don’t know  when this life time  will end  for us.     It might be sooner  than later.

From all of Paul’s letters  to the churches  in the New Testament,   it is very obvious  that Paul stressed the love  and mercy  of God  towards all those  who put their trust  in Jesus.     If Felix  would only have continued listening  to Paul,  all of his fears regarding “righteousness,  self-control  and the judgment  to come” would have been comforted  by the good news  that Jesus would be  his righteousness  —  Jesus would help guide him  in self-control  —  and everyone  who puts their trust  in Jesus does not have to fear judgment  of any sort,  simply because  Jesus has already paid the penalty  for all  of our sins.

We don’t have to tell preachers  of the truth  to “Go away”.     The fact of the matter is  that we need  to hear about the grossness  of our sins  so that we will be led  to repent  and turn back  to God  as we should  —  before it’s too late.

God knows how vital it is  that everyone be made aware  of their sins,  so that they will have an opportunity  to repent.     Only those who have repented   in faith  can be saved.    So,  in Jeremiah 23:21-24  God speaks  about the false preachers  who would not point out the sins  of the people.    The LORD says,

“I did not send these prophets,
But they ran.
I did not speak  to them,
But they prophesied.
But  if they had stood  in My council,
Then they would have announced My words  to My people,
And would have turned them back  from their evil way.
Am I a God  who is near,”  declares the LORD,
“And not a God  far off?
Can a man hide himself  in hiding places,
So I do not see him?”  declares the LORD.
“Do I not fill  the heavens  and the earth?”  declares the LORD.

Any preacher  who does not point out sins  is not sent by God.     But,  in the same breath,  any preacher who does not preach  about the immediate  and full forgiveness we have  by faith  in Jesus Christ i s also a preacher  who is not sent  by God.

When we hear  about both our sins  and the forgiveness we have  in Christ,  we are hearing  the word  of God.     Then,  we can repent  and rejoice  in God’s forgiving love  for each  and every one of us.

As we repent  and rest  in the love of God,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You for showing us our sins  and opening up  Your heart  to wash all those sins away.     Now we  can rest  in Your love  and don’t have to be afraid  any more  as You guide 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.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
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

Oh 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

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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And Such We Are…

November 18, 2017

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And Such We Are…

            1 John 3:1

See how great a love  the Father has bestowed  upon us,  that we should be called  children of God;  and such we are.

We can think of ourselves  in so many different ways  —   as a son,  daughter,  mother,  father,  by the job we hold,  the sports we like,  our political views,  our ideals,  the movies we like to watch,  our goals.    Everything we do  in life  identifies us  and says  who we are.

There are also many things  in life  that help form  who we are.     Most important of all  is when we realize  just how much God  has loved us  in Jesus Christ.     When we see  how Jesus was willing  to suffer so greatly  and die for us,  just so that we  could be forgiven,  that changes our hearts  —  it forms faith  within us.

When we see  that God Almighty  actually now thinks of us  as His dear children,  that’s a miracle  that has taken place.     It’s a miracle because  we really have become  a child of God.     Everyone who believes  that Jesus is their Savior  becomes a child  of God.

As a child  of God,  we no longer belong  to the world.     We know heaven is  our true home,  so we don’t highly value  the things  of this world  any more.     Now we can see  how everything our heavenly Father stands for  is a treasure  that we never want  to lose.

Children of God realize  that all the loose morals,  pride,  arrogance,  greediness,  lustfulness,  and goals of this world  are worthless.     The degradations  of this world  are an abhorrence  to God  and His children.

With the treasures  of God in hand,  God’s children  gladly strive  to be just like  their heavenly Father.     As Paul says  in Ephesians 5:1-2,

Therefore  be imitators  of God,  as beloved children;  and walk  in love,  just as Christ  also loved you,  and gave Himself up  for us,  an offering  and a sacrifice  to God  as a fragrant aroma.

            When we realize  who we are  by faith,  the pressures,  products,  and media  of this world  can only be seen  as a sham  that wastes our lives  and defeats us  eternally.

As we abide  in the love of God,  we remember  who we are  —  beloved children  of God  —  and we joyfully say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank you  for loving us  and making us  Your own dear children.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
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

Oh 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

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 Serpent Deceived Me

November 17, 2017

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The Serpent Deceived Me

            Genesis 3:12-13

And the man said,  “The woman whom Thou gavest  to be with me,  she gave me  from the tree,  and I ate.”

Then the LORD God said  to the woman,  “What is this  you have done?”     And the woman said,  “The serpent deceived me,  and I ate.”

We see ourselves  in Adam and Eve.     Eve was deceived  by the serpent  and she,  then,  convinced Adam  that the fruit  from the forbidden tree  was good.     Then,  when God approached them,  Adam put all the blame  on Eve  and Eve  put all the blame  on the serpent.

We’re no different.

Most every time we sin,  it’s someone else’s fault  —  at least  it’s someone else’s fault  in our fearful mind.

Note how Adam  even blamed God  for his fall  when he said,  “The woman whom Thou gavest  to be with me”.     So,  Adam’s line  of thought was  to accept no responsibility  for his sin,  but to put all the blame  on God  and Eve.     It’s as if God is at fault  for creating a companion  for him.

Fear causes us  to blame others  for our downfalls.     We don’t want  to face the judgment  we fully deserve,  so we plow ahead  and sin some more  by lying  and blaming others.     The truth is  that each one of us  is fully responsible  for our own sins.

It is true  that Satan tempts us constantly.     But,  we do not have to fall  for his deceptions  when we know full well  that whatever the temptation is,  it is defying  God’s good will  for us.     We are also fully aware  that God is love.     We know  that God is pure  and holy  and desires only  what is truly best  for us  here on earth  and through all eternity.

That is why  we are so fearful.     We flubbed again  and the consequences  are eternal death.     Eternal death is something  we cannot face,  and so we blame  someone else  for our sins.

King David also experienced  the fear  of not wanting  to admit his sins.     In Psalm 32:1-5,  he confesses,

How blessed is he  whose transgression  is forgiven, 
Whose sin  is covered!
How blessed is the man  to whom the LORD  does not impute iniquity,
And in whose spirit  there is no deceit!   

When I kept silent  about my sin,  my body wasted away   
Through my groaning  all day long.
For day and night  Thy hand  was heavy upon me;
My vitality  was drained away  as with the fever-heat  of summer.

I acknowledged  my sin  to Thee,
And my iniquity  I did not hide;
I said,  “I will confess  my transgressions  to the LORD”‘
And Thou didst forgive the guilt  of my sin.

God is so willing  to forgive all our sins  when we humbly confess them  and admit our faults.     When we’re afraid  of God’s judgment  and try to hide our sins,  God tries to help us  face the facts  by laying His heavy hand  upon us.     In other words,  our conscience bothers us.     King David could not live  with a guilty conscience,  so he confessed his sins.

With the forgiveness he received  from God,  David could only sing,  “How blessed is he  whose transgression is forgiven,  whose sin is covered!”

Because we are so greatly blessed  by our heavenly Father  when we confess our sins,  it is good  to confess them  and then,  with grateful hearts,  to turn away  from our sins,  trusting God  to guide us  in His righteousness.

As we learn  to lean on God’s love  and wisdom  for our lives,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You set us free  from our sins.     Now help us  to live only  for You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
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

Oh 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

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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Whoever Loses His Life

November 16, 2017

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Whoever Loses His Life

We all want  a good life  —  one that is really worth living  —  one that gives peace  and satisfaction  —  real happiness  —  a sense of accomplishment.      Jesus explained many times  how just believing  in Him  will lead us  to eternal life  in heaven  —  the place where life  will be good  forever and ever.

That sounds like a simple enough thing  to do.     But,  Jesus also explains  that our “believing”,  our “faith”,  will be tested  for it’s solidness  while we live  on this earth  with all its temptations,  and demands,  and mockings.     We need  to be willing  to firmly face the truth  and live by it.     In Matthew 16:24-25,  Jesus explains,

If any one wishes  to come after Me,  let him deny himself,  and take up his cross,  and follow Me.     For whoever wishes  to save his life  shall lose it;  but whoever loses  his life  for My sake  shall find it.

To go after Jesus is  to believe  in Him  —  to believe  that in Jesus  our sins are all truly forgiven  —  and to live  by the same principles  that Jesus lived.     Jesus says  that means we need  to learn  to deny ourselves.     To deny ourselves is  to put God’s will first  in our lives,  in everything we do  — just because we know  He alone  is true and almighty.

In putting God first,  we will love  to learn His ways  and desires  for us.     We will love  to please Him  because of the greatness  of His love for us  in Jesus Christ.     We will do our utmost  to help others  as best we are able,  because we love God’s other children.     As they are precious  in God’s sight,  so they become precious  in our sight.     And,  in view of God’s great love,  we will hate  what is evil,  in the way  that God hates evil.

Then,  Jesus said we must  take up our cross.     Jesus’ cross was  to suffer and die  as a full payment  for our sins.     He did that  with joy  because He looked  to the end result  of His sacrifice  —  salvation  for each  of us.

A cross is not an easy thing  in life  —  it is something very hard  to bear  for an ultimate good.     Our cross could be any number  of difficult challenges  that life presents  to us.     Our crosses ultimately strengthen us  in the true faith,  lead us  to love in truth,   and cause us  to rejoice  as we remember our ultimate goal  in heaven.

Our crosses are  in all our strivings  to live the way  God wants us  to live  and trusting  that God will bless us  in the end,  even though things look mighty bleak  for a long time.     The world will mock our cross  and say we’re nothing  but a failure,  but our Lord knows how  to continue purifying us  in the true faith,  so that our final victory  will be glorious.     It will be  pure joy.

Jesus looked like a total failure  to the world  as He hung  on the cross.     They despised Him  as He suffered  for the sins  of all those  who would believe  in Him.     What looks like a failure  to the world  ends up showing the world  how foolish  and worthless  its sinful ways are.

Following Jesus  is seeing truth  for what it is  —  and seeing the foolishness  of this world  for what it is.     If we are wise,  we will choose  to follow the truths  God has given us  in His proven word.     This world cannot prove  that its philosophies,  strengths,  authorities,  powers,  teachings,  or anything else  is better  than what God has shown us  in His eternal word  —  simply, because  everything it pushes on us  is a worthless sham.

As we follow Jesus  and live  in His truths,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  strengthen us  to follow You truly  in all our trials.     Let us live  in this world  to Your glory,  that we may live  with You eternally.”

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

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

Oh 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

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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Knowing This Beforehand

November 15, 2017

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Knowing This Beforehand

            2 Peter 3:17-18

You therefore,  beloved,  knowing this beforehand,  be on your guard lest, being carried away  by the error  of unprincipled men,  you fall  from your own steadfastness,  but grow  in the grace  and knowledge  of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.     To Him  be the glory,  both now  and to the day  of eternity.     Amen.

Forewarnings are so important.     We get weather alerts  for tornadoes,  blizzards,  earthquakes,  and floods.     There are warnings  for dangerous road conditions  and even various scams taking place.     Common sense tells us  to take the proper precautions  when we hear these forewarnings.

In 1980,  when Mt. St. Helen erupted,  57 people needlessly  lost their lives  because they did not heed the warnings  or felt they were  in a safe enough zone.     Second chances could not be given.

Because most people  will heed warnings like these,  it is odd  that not very many  will heed Peter’s forewarnings  about all sorts of sinful lifestyles  and false prophets  in the last days.     How does Peter want us  to take precautions?

First of all,  he wants us  to remember  that this warning  has been given way beforehand.     It has been preached  for thousands of years now,  so people don’t pay  a whole lot  of attention.     But,  we need  to be wise enough  to pay attention  and take precautions.

Secondly,  Peter wants us  to be on guard  against all sorts  of unprincipled men.     In the end days,  people of all sorts  will be trying to mock Christianity,  deny the existence  of God,  deny Jesus’ divinity  and His authority  to forgive all sins.     They will even deny  a coming Judgment Day.     Since all that  is obviously happening  all around us,  we are supposed  to be wise enough  to take that  as a forewarning.

Peter is very concerned  that Christians will fall  from their steadfastness.     All the constant pressure  from worldly philosophies  and ungodliness  will cause Christians  to fearfully want  to be politically correct  in their stance  on abortions,  homosexuality,  the question of evolution,  the Bible’s authority  as God’s word,  and our need  to live a godly life.     If we don’t take Peter’s forewarning seriously,  we could fall  from the true faith  and lose eternal life  —  needlessly.

Peter warns  that we must “grow  in the grace  and knowledge  of our Lord and Savior  Jesus Christ”.     If we are not growing  in the true faith,  we are most likely  getting weaker  and about to fall.

We must have nourishment  in order to grow  and that means feeding  on God’s word.     No one  can become strong  in the true faith  if they never read  and study  God’s word.     If we want  to live with Christ  in glory,  now is the time  to strengthen our faith  by finding out all  that Jesus Christ has done  for us  and meditating  on His word.

As we grow  in the grace  and knowledge  of our Lord and Savior  Jesus Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Jesus,  You fulfilled  all the prophecies  of the Old Testament  with Your suffering,  death  and resurrection.     Now we know  You will fulfill  your prophecies  about the end days.     Thank you  for letting us know  all these things  beforehand.”

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

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

  

Oh 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

 

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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