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The god of This World Has Blinded the Minds

August 14, 2018

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The god of This World Has Blinded the Minds

As we observe all  of the corruption  in this world,  we wonder how people can have  such evil inclinations.     In the political realm,  corrupt people are trying  to change our Constitution  in an effort to make us  more socialistic  and dependent  upon a larger government control   in our lives.     In the economic realm,  greed and avarice abound  as they manipulate the markets  and ethics  to become richer  and to bind others  into their service.     In the educational field,  they promote a godless society  that condones sexual experimentation,  abortion,  and anarchy  under pretentious reasonings,  etc.

The question is “Why?”     Why do they vie  for control  over money,  people,  and souls?     Why do they deny  God Almighty’s authority?     Paul gives a clue  in 2 Corinthians 4:3-4,

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,  that they might not see the light  of the gospel  of the glory of Christ,  who is the image of God.

The  “god of this world”  is none other than Satan.     He has dangled  the carrot of sin  in front of their faces,  so that they can think of nothing but  their own desires  and greeds.     They blindly follow  the devil’s  urgings  without even caring  about how many other people  they will hurt  or destroy.     And,   lest we enjoy pointing a finger  at their blindness  in following Satan,  Paul aptly reminds us  in Ephesians 2:1-2,

And you were dead  in your trespasses  and sins,  in which you formerly walked  according to the course  of this world,  according to the prince  of the power  of the air,  of the spirit  that is now working  in the sons of disobedience.

We are all prone  to becoming blind spiritually.     We all need  to keep watch  over our own ways.     It is because we know  how very easy it is  for us to be blinded  to our own sinful natures  that we should have a heart  for the eternal welfare  of those around us.     Acts 26:18  quotes the Lord speaking  to Paul  and saying  that Paul’s  job  was to:

To open their eyes  so that they may turn  from darkness  to light  and from the dominion  of Satan  to God,  in order  that they may receive forgiveness  of sins  and an inheritance  among those who have been sanctified  by faith  in Me.

And,  that is our job, too,  because in Matthew 5:14  Jesus says,  “You are the light  of the world.”     We are not  to be a darkness  and a stumbling block  to the people around us.     Each one of us  is responsible  for being a true witness  to those around us.     But,  if we hide our light,  we lack all semblance  of love.     If we know  the love  of Christ  for all people,  we should want   to share that love.     We need to constantly remember  Ephesians 5:8,  where Paul says,

For you were  formerly  darkness,  but now  you are light  in the Lord;  walk as children  of light.

Let us learn more and more  about the light  that God gives us  in Jesus Christ,  so that  that light  can better lead us  through this dark world  and we can have the peace,  joy,  and freedom  of walking with God  and being a true light  to those around us.

Thinking about what we have been saved from,  we have grateful  and thankful hearts  that praise the Lord  for loving us so dearly.     And, we say,  “Hallelujah!     My God,  You are good  in everything You do.     Thank You  for Your goodness  and mercy.     Make me  to be a true light  in this world  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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To Take Refuge

August 13, 2018

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To Take Refuge

We all need someone we can trust implicitly.     That can be hard to find  in this world of sinners,  each with their own priorities,  belief systems,  ideals,  morals,  agendas  and values.     In people,  we will see weaknesses,  faults,  lack of knowledge,  lack of strength,  and lack of ability — failure after failure.     In other people,  we see the same faults we ourselves might have,  so we cannot honestly trust them  for the guidance  that is impossible  for them to rightly provide.

But,  there is one  we can confide in.     There is one  in whom we can put our hope,  trust,  and confidence.     In Psalm 118:8-9,  we read,

It is better  to take refuge  in the LORD   
Than to trust  in man.   
It is better  to take refuge  in the LORD   
Than to trust  in princes.

When we need  to confide in someone  about our very deepest,  most intimate feelings,  needs,  fears,  doubts,  and longings,  we need  to run  to the LORD.    He even wants us  to come to Him.     The LORD can definitely be trusted  because He is our Creator and Redeemer.     God’s wisdom created all that we see,  and He alone already intimately knows  our thoughts  and the details  of our predicaments.     He alone  has the power and ability  to guide us rightly  in all our ways  because He knows the right way  to go.

There is no intelligence,  rank,  or strength  in man  that can equal the Lord’s intelligence,  rank,  and strength.     So,  no matter what we are facing,  “It is better  to take refuge  in the LORD.”     God’s intelligence is witnessed  in all of creation.     Since God is the LORD of lords,  God of gods,  and King of kings,  He alone  out-ranks every single one of us.     We are only a small part  of His creation,  so we should  not  be so audacious  as to suppose  we are stronger  than the LORD  in any way,  manner,  shape,  or form.

Taking all things into consideration,  there is no doubt  that “It is better  to take refuge  in the LORD.”     So,  let us not imagine  that we can live  without paying respect  to our Refuge  and Strength,  our Fortress  and our Rock of Salvation,  our Savior and God.     It is nothing short  of pure foolishness  to refuse to take refuge in the LORD”  when our needs are so great.

We are better enabled  to trust in the Lord  as we listen  to His word  and study His word.     Learning God’s word needs  to be a daily experience,  so that little by little  we can gain the wisdom  of His ways  and become sanctified  in the truths  of His salvation  in Jesus Christ.    It is the sum total  of all of God’s word  that guides us  and draws us close  to the Lord  in a stronger confidence  and faith.     Then,  as we go to God  in prayer,  we can better understand  the right way to go  and have the courage  to go  in that right way.

At peace  in the righteousness  of the Lord’s trustworthiness,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You alone  are able  to protect me  and lead me  in righteousness.     Thank You  for faithfully caring  for my needs.”

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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Rescued My Soul from Death

August 12, 2018

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Rescued My Soul from Death

We have only one life  to live  on this earth.     But,  much more important,  we have a soul  that lives through eternity — either in heaven  or hell.     Obviously,  what happens  to our soul  needs to be  of much greater concern  than anything  that happens  to our physical body or property.

That is why the psalmist,  in Psalm 116:7-11,  was obliged to sing,

Return to your rest,  O my soul,
For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.
For Thou hast rescued my soul from death,
My eyes from tears,
My feet from stumbling.
I shall walk before the LORD
In the land of the living.
I believed when I said,
“I am greatly afflicted.”
I said in my alarm,
“All men are liars.”

This psalmist had just faced  all sorts  of liars,  who were misleading him  in such ways  that he was actually  about to lose his soul  for all eternity.     He was headed  for hell  and he suddenly realized it.     Such an awful realization  frightened him,  as it well should have.     He was totally helpless  before those  who were determined  to take him away  from the LORD  by hook or by crook.

When God rescued him  from the web  of lies  that he was getting sucked into,  he realized  that he was actually rescued  from eternal death,  i.e.  eternity in hell.     He had almost been stuck  on the path  of no return.     Had God not rescued him,  he would have been crying  agonizing tears  of regret  as he stumbled away  from the LORD.

But,  now  that God opened his eyes  to see his hell-bound path,   he was ever so glad  to have the opportunity  to “walk before the LORD  in the land  of the living” once again.     What a relief!     Saved  from an eternity  in hell…

As he thought about  all the peer pressures  and deceitfulness  that he had been enduring,  he had to cry out,  “I am greatly afflicted.”      And,  when he realized  how deceitful these people were  in trying  to destroy the truth  about God,  he was so alarmed and horrified,  he had  to say,  “All men are liars.”      Who could be trusted  if these so-called  “friends” of his  actually had an agenda  that would rob him  of truth  and eternal life?

But,  now that he realized the truth  of all these earthly matters  and returned  to the truth,  he could finally breathe a sigh  of relief, and say,   “Return to your rest,  O my soul,  for the LORD  has dealt bountifully with you.”      It was God  who was lovingly looking  for his return  all that time.     It was the LORD God Almighty  who cared so much  for him  that He sent messages  of warning  that finally enabled this psalmist  to realize the absolute importance  of living  in God’s word  [ the Bible ] at all times.

God does the same  for all of us today.     When we stray  from our heavenly Father’s truths  and salvation,  we get these little taps  on the shoulder,  telling us  we need to stick strongly  to the truths of God’s word in the Bible  and get away  from every one  who is trying  to convince us  that the LORD God is no different  from any philosopher,  man-made doctrine,  or other religion.     Their lies will invent  all sorts  of  pretentious intellectualisms  that are dangerous  and confusing  —  not to mention changing.      They are dangerous and confusing  because they have nothing to do  with the truth.     All lies are confusing  because of their untruthfulness.

Let us return  to our Creator and Savior,  who has proven His love  and truthfulness  since the beginning  of time.     Then,  we will be able to sing  with the psalmist,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You have rescued my soul  from eternal death.     Thank you ever so much  for loving me  so faithfully and giving me  the peace  of Your presence.”

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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All That God Has Prepared

August 11, 2018

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All That God Has Prepared

Sometimes we look in total dismay  at the things  in this world.     The rich seem to get richer  and the poor poorer.     The “successful” seem  to get more  “successful”,  while others just get by.      Some people seem  to have all sorts of  “blessings” — and they certainly don’t have any regard  for the Lord  or His ways.     So,  what gives?     What are we missing?     Why don’t we have  all this stuff?

In 1 Corinthians 2:9,  Paul quotes Isaiah, saying,

“Things which eye has not seen  and ear has not heard,   
And which have not entered  the heart  of man,   
All that God has prepared  for those  who love Him.”

There is a wisdom  of God  that is hidden  from the people  of the world.     The world revels  in material riches  and all sorts worldly ideals,  but everything they have  is short-lived.     They are fooled  into thinking  they have everything anyone could ever desire — but,  what they think they have  will all be taken away  in the twinkling  of the eye.

The Christian realizes  that none of this stuff  on earth  can be taken with us  when we die.     So,  all the so-called riches  on this earth  are not important  to God’s children.    We contentedly live  from day to day  trusting  in the Lord’s  care  and guidance.     With God  by our side,  we are on our way  to heaven  where all our eternal riches  and glory  are waiting.    We can be totally content  and satisfied  passing by everything  that pretentiously glitters  in this world.     None of what is  in this world  is appealing  because it has no lasting value.     We don’t have to try  and be “King-on-the-hill”  for anyone  in this dying world.     We don’t have  to feel troubled  about not having worldly things.     Worldly things  have absolutely nothing  to do  with true success  in life.

Our riches on earth  include the wisdom  of having God  for our Friend — having the forgiveness  of all our sins — having the assurance  of God’s faithful love — having God  as our Rock and Fortress  in this life — knowing Jesus  is our Good Shepherd and  that He will safely guide us  through our trials.     This  and so much more  is all ours  when we put our faith  in our Lord and Savior.

These are the kinds  of riches  everyone should be striving for.     If we don’t possess  all these spiritual blessings,  we are poor indeed.     In actuality,  those who are tied  to their earthly possessions  are the most unwise and poverty stricken  in all the world.

It is all  as the psalmists writes  in Psalm 119:57,   “The LORD is my portion.”      When we have the LORD  as our God and Savior,  we have all  that we need.

In our dying hour,   our popularity,  gold,  successes,  houses,  cars,  clothes,  and whatever  will be of no comfort  to us.     Over and above  all this stuff,  we need God  in our lives.     With God our Savior,  all things are ours  for all eternity.     When we treasure God now,  our earthly dying hour  will actually be  a grand home coming,  filled with joy  and peace.

Let us always stay close  to our Savior  by sticking  to His word  and spending time  in prayer.     The better we get to know  our Lord,  the more content  we will be  with His care.      Then we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  You are my Treasure.     There is no greater possession  in all the world.”

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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Balaam’s Donkey

August 10, 2018

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Balaam’s Donkey

In the Old Testament,  in the book of Numbers,  chapters 22-24,  we read the story  of a well-known prophet,  Balaam,  whom the heathen Moabites wanted to hire  to put a curse  on the Israelites  as they were coming up  out of Egypt.    The Moabites were afraid  to see Israel traveling their way.     They knew that Israel was mighty  and they wanted  to have them destroyed,  instead of having  to encounter them.

There’s a lesson  in this story  for our every day lives.

Balaam was a prophet  who was noted  for his “ability”  to curse and bless.     Balaam knew the LORD as God,  but he was also prone  to thinking  he could outmaneuver  the LORD.     Plus,  Balaam was greedy for money.     So,  when the Moabites wanted Balaam  to come and curse Israel,  Balaam had to truthfully tell them  he could only say  what the LORD told him — and,  he could not go with the Moabites  because God said so.

That sounds good.     He was obeying the LORD.     But,  he sure wished he had all that money  they offered him.     When the heathen Moabites came back  with even greater promises  of money,  Balaam again reminded them  that he could only speak  what God told him to say.     But,  this time God gave Balaam permission  to go with the Moabites,  on the condition that he only speak  what God said.

Ka-ching!     Ka-ching!     Balaam’s heart looked forward  to money and riches.     He gladly saddled his donkey  in the morning,  eager to get on  with his venture.     He thought he had hidden  all his greedy desires  from the LORD,  but no one can hide anything  from the LORD.     God saw what was in his heart,  and we read  in Numbers 22:22-30,

But God was angry  because he was going,  and the angel of the LORD  took his stand  in the way  as an adversary against him.     Now he was riding  on his donkey  and his two servants were  with him.   

When the donkey  saw the angel of the LORD  standing in the way  with his drawn sword  in his hand,  the donkey turned off  from the way  and went  into the field;  but Balaam struck the donkey  to turn her back  into the way.

Then the angel of the LORD stood  in a narrow path  of the vineyards,  with a wall  on this side and a wall on that side.     When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD,  she pressed herself  to the wall  and pressed Balaam’s foot against the wall,  so he struck her again.

And the angel of the LORD went further,  and stood  in a narrow place  where there was no way  to turn to the right hand  or the left.     When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD,  she lay down  under Balaam;  so Balaam was angry  and struck the donkey  with his stick.     And the LORD opened the mouth  of the donkey,  and she said to Balaam,  “What have I done  to you,  that you have struck me  these three times?”

Then Balaam said  to the donkey,  “Because you have made a mockery  of me!     If there had been a sword  in my hand,  I would have killed you  by now.”

And the donkey said to Balaam,  “Am I not your donkey  on which you have ridden  all your life  to this day?     Have I ever been accustomed  to do so to you?”      And he said, “No.”

It was then that the LORD enabled Balaam  to see the angel  with his sword drawn ready  to kill Balaam.     The angel told Balaam  how his donkey had just saved his life  these three times.     The angel would have killed Balaam  because his heart was inwardly contrary  to God.

We,  too,  encounter obstacles  in our lives.     There are times  when nothing seems  to be going right.     There is just one problem after another  and we don’t understand  what is going on.     The good ol’ faithful donkeys  in our lives  can seem  to get so ornery,  we wouldn’t mind  getting rid of them.     It can really tick us off  and we can get really angry  at what is happening.     Maybe  we’ve got an angel  of the LORD  blocking our sinful ways.

That’s when we need  to look  at what is  in our heart.

Are we honestly  letting God lead us  through this life?     Have we sneakily allowed  some sin  into our life,  feeling God doesn’t know about it  or doesn’t care?     Are we  in the process  of purposely trying  to outwit the Lord  so that we can meet our selfish desires  no matter what God has said?

God loves us  very dearly  anyway.     He knows  our every thought and feeling — and He cares  about how we are straying away  from what is good  and right  for us eternally.     God cares  when we are falling  into a pit  of sin — sin  that can destroy us.     We sometimes  have obstacles  because God loves us  and is trying  to get our attention.     So,  let’s pay attention  to our donkeys.

Whatever our troubles,  it is always time  to turn  to the LORD  for guidance  and forgiveness  for our wayward ways.     God will gladly help us  get back  on the right track.

As we firmly take a hold  of God’s hand again,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Abba!     Father!     There is joy and peace  in doing things  Your way again!”

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 Works of Your Hands

August 9, 2018

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The Works of Your Hands

How we love  to look  at what we’ve accomplished  and proclaim,  “I did that!”     And,  we’re given just so much more reason  to be proud  when someone else  pats us  on the back  and exclaims,  “Good job!     You are so talented  in everything you do.”

It all shows our desire  to be approved of  and  victorious  over all odds.     But somehow,  it’s strangely hollow.     There’s still  something missing.     We ponder all the struggles  we endured — with troubled feelings,  we think about how much  we really needed help  and guidance — we try  to dismiss all the things  that really still are not right  or well-done.     There was a lot  of stumbling  going on.     Was it honestly something  well-done,  even though someone else is now patting us  on the back  and assuring us  that it is?

Maybe the problem is  that the Lord was not  in any  of that work.     It does not feel right  because God was not sought out  for help  and guidance.

We are all  a part  of God’s creation.     He created us as beings  that must depend on Him  for all of our needs  and desires.     Most of the world disregards  their need  to lean on the Lord,  and because they reject God’s guidance,  they will pay  for that rejection  in eternity.     They will mull their way  through this world,  doing all they can  to build themselves up  and pat themselves  on the back.     But,  when it comes down  to the nitty-gritty  of reality,  they are as nothing  and all their work is  as nothing.     It will all be destroyed  on Judgment Day.

Only what is done  with the Lord  will last through eternity.

The things done  with the Lord  will obviously be things done  to please Him.     They will acknowledge  that the Lord is God  and that  there is no other God.     The things done  with the Lord in mind  are all things  that will cause one  to thank God  for all that He does  to work His salvation in us  and help us do  what is right and good  in His eyes.

There is peace and joy  when one works  with the Lord — instead of  against Him.

That is why the psalmist wrote  in Psalm 92:4-5,

For You,  O LORD,  have made me glad  by what You have done,
I will sing  for joy  at the works  of Your hands.
How great are Your works,  O LORD!
Your thoughts are very deep.

When we let God  work through us  and guide us,  it becomes what  He”  has done.     What God has done  will always truly  be good.     We look  at God’s wisdom  in all that He has made  throughout all  of creation.     That wisdom  is so far beyond  our imagination  and ability  that it is only common sense  to go to the Lord  for all the help we need.     We are His creation  and He greatly desires  that we always go to Him  for all our needs  and desires.     In addition  to all that, the Lord is  our Savior  from all our sin.     He wants us  to come to Him  for forgiveness.

If we are too proud  to go to the LORD  for forgiveness,  we have got a serious problem.     But,  in spite of such a problem,  God is still  greatly desiring  that we turn back  to Him,  so that He can help us  in our needs.     God is still being faithful  in calling us.     We can still turn to Him  while we have breath.     If we continue  to refuse His love  and salvation,  it may get to be  too late.

God’s thoughts  towards us  are very deep.     We cannot comprehend the greatness  of His love  and sacrifice  on our behalf.     But,  we can remember  at least some  of what He has done  and let those things  bring us joy  and thankful hearts  that do include God  in our lives.

Let us turn to God  and thank Him  for His lovingkindness  and faithfulness.     Then we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  it is good  to give thanks to You  for Your faithful love  and grace.     You do all things well.     Work Your truths  into our hearts,  so that we  may sing your praises  forever.”

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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You Are Just a Vapor

August 8, 2018

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You Are Just a Vapor

With all our physical pursuits  from day to day,  we easily get totally centered  on our desires.     Our thoughts  are only on what we want,  how we want it  and  when we want it.     We set up goals and deadlines  so that we can forge forward  to successfully obtain  what we want.

The reality  of God  does not even begin  to enter the picture,  because we only consider  what we want  in life.     Knowing our sinful natures,  James wants  to help us keep our lives  within the perspectives  of what is right  in God’s eyes.     In James 4:13-17,  he writes,

Come now,  you who say,  “Today or tomorrow,  we shall go  to such and such a city,  and spend a year there  and engage in business  and make a profit.”

Yet you do not know  what your life  will be like  tomorrow.     You are just a vapor  that appears  for a little while  and then  vanishes away.

Instead,  you ought to say,  “If the Lord wills,  we shall live  and also do this  or that.”     But as it is,  you boast in your arrogance.     All such boasting is evil.     Therefore,  to one who knows the right thing to do,  and does not do it,  to him it is sin.

When we leave God out  of the total picture  of our lives,  we are,  in essence,  setting ourselves up  as our own little gods.     It is arrogance  that pushes God Almighty out  of the picture.

We are fully aware  that we are the ones  that can get sick  and die.     We know  we could get killed  in an accident.     We know  we could get a disease  that will wreak agony  in our puny bodies.    And,  we are very aware  that we are incapable  of creating stars,  planets,  sky,  grass,  or anything else  in all creation.

And yet,  we have the audacity  to leave God out  of our daily lives.     We know  God is God.     We know  He will be our Judge  for all eternity.     We know Jesus is  our one and only Savior  from all sin.     We know  only the grace  of God  can sustain us  through this life.     We are aware  of our propensity  to fail  when we try to do things  by ourselves.

But, in spite of all this knowledge,  we proceed  to do evil  by leaving God Almighty out  of our lives.     God is our heavenly Father,  who greatly desires  to lead us  in all righteousness  during this very short life  of ours.     In light  of the fact  that our life span  is relatively nothing  but a vanishing vapor  in all of eternity,  it only makes sense  to look  to the almighty Creator  of all things  for the guidance  we so greatly need — especially since He really wants  to lead us  to our eternal salvation.

Daily laying our lives  before the LORD of lords,  and depending  on His grace  to sustain us  in living for Him,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  let Your will be done  in the life  You have given me,  that Your love and salvation  may be glorified forever.”

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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