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Restore to Me

April 26, 2018

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Restore to Me

Have you ever lost something  that just tears you all up?     In utter grief,  you feel devastated and ruined  because of your loss.     You think  nothing in this world  can restore your loss.     But,  all things are possible  with God.     God can restore  what we have lost — and He longs  to restore  what is vital to us.

King David lost his integrity  and blamelessness  before the LORD.     He committed adultery  with Bathsheba  and even had her husband, Uriah,  killed in battle  in an effort  to cover up his sin.     David had gone  from good  to bad  to worse.     And then,  mercifully,  he was caught and exposed.     David had no recourse.     He had to turn  to God for help,  mercy,  and forgiveness.     Psalm 51 is David’s prayer  before the LORD.     In that prayer,  David reveals a truth  for each of us  to learn  in our times of devastation.     It is  in Psalm 51:12-13,

Restore to me  the joy  of Thy salvation,   
And sustain me  with a willing spirit.   
Then  I will teach transgressors  Thy ways,   
And sinners  will be converted  to Thee.

David’s sins  of adultery and murder  took away all of his joy  before the LORD — a terrible loss.     Now,  all he could feel before the LORD  was guilt and remorse.     His sins  made him feel filthy  and he realized  how horribly  he had sinned against the loving,  holy Lord.     David knew  there was pure joy  in a good relationship  with the Lord,  and so he prayed,  “Restore to me  the joy  of  Thy salvation.”      Only God can forgive us  and make us clean  in His sight again.

David remembered  God’s almighty greatness and compassion,  so he asked for more — “sustain me  with a willing spirit.”     David knew  that he had sinned  because he had not been willing  to do what he knew was right  in God’s sight.     He really needed  to have a willingly obedient heart again.     Only God could give him  willing obedience,  like he used to have.     David definitely did not want  to be suckered  into more and more sin — and end up  in hell.     He felt bad enough as it was  and wanted to know the joy  of living  according to God’s will again.

David could pray  and believe  for this much relief and restoration  because he trusted  in the LORD’s love and compassion  in our every situation.     But,  David did not want  to be fruitless  in receiving these great gifts  from God.     David wanted  to show his thankfulness  for God’s mercy.     David knew  how there are many people  in this world,  who don’t go to God  for forgiveness  when they have sinned — simply because  they don’t feel  they can be forgiven.

God is much greater  than all of our sins.     He is able  to forgive.    We just have to trust  in His love  and salvation  in Jesus Christ.    David was willing  to expose all his sins  before the people  and tell others  about God’s great power  to forgive all our sins.     David’s whole life  would be proof  that God truly forgives  when we go to Him  in prayer.

So,  David has literally been teaching people  about God’s love and forgiveness,  through his confessional psalms,  his thanksgivings,  and his renewed efforts  to live  according to God’s will.     David’s psalms  have been witnessing to people  for around 3,000 years now.     David knew  that God would cause this witness  to last,  and so he wrote,

Then I will teach transgressors  Thy ways,   
And sinners  will be converted  to Thee.

We are the sinners and transgressors  that need  to be converted  and return  to the God of all mercy  and love.     We are  to let David’s experience restore us  to a good relationship  with the LORD of lords,  our Redeemer  and Savior.     As forgiven sinners,  we can witness  to other sinners  in need  of forgiveness.     And,  we need to witness to them,  so that they too,  can escape the due judgments  of hell.

Because we have been loved  by God,  we need to share that love  with those around us — like King David did.     As we share the love of God  with the world around us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  You have delivered us  from the consequences  of our sins.     Open up our mouths  to witness  to the greatness  of Your love.”

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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Be Anxious for Nothing

April 25, 2018

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Be Anxious for Nothing

When we think about our lives,  we have so many concerns.     There are mortgage payments,  raising the kids,  job concerns,  the tragedies in our family  or elsewhere,  political corruption,  educational challenges,  choosing a life time mate,  societal problems,  death in the family,  health problems,  helping friends with their problems,  etc.,  etc.      With all this  we realize how limited we are  in doing everything.

And then,  Paul comforts us  and teaches us  in Philippians 4:6-7,

Be anxious for nothing,  but in everything  by prayer and supplication  with thanksgiving  let your request  be made known  to God.

And the peace of God,  which surpasses  all comprehension,  shall guard your hearts  and your minds  in Christ Jesus.

Throughout the Psalms,  we can see  how this was the way King David reacted  to the big hurdles  in his life.     He might have had King Saul  or some other enemy trying  to kill him.     At one time  even his own son,  Absalom,  tried to kill him.     When he was a shepherd,  he had to face lions and bears  to protect his flock  of sheep.     Then there was the time  David had to face Goliath  the giant.

David’s life  was one challenge after another.     In every instance  he turned to God  in prayer.     But,  David did more than pray  for relief.     David always gave thanks  to God  for His loving care.     How could David thank God  for everything  before  his prayer was answered?

David trusted  in God’s love.     David knew  God is real,  that He truly is the Creator  of all things,  that He is almighty,  that He is our Redeemer and Savior,  and that He is  our sure defense  in the midst  of every problem.

That trust  gave David peace.     Yes,  that peace  is far beyond the understanding  of those who refuse  to acknowledge God  and trust Him.     But,  all who rely on God,  as a little child relies  on his parents  for help,  will receive the help they need.

What are your challenges today?     Are you willing  to entrust them  to the one and only LORD God  of all — our Creator and Redeemer?    Are you willing  to thank God  for His saving love  before your prayer  is “answered”?      Jesus would not have suffered and died  for us  if He did not love us.     That is definitely a love  that can be trusted.

Let us pray  with thankful hearts,  trusting in God’s proven love  for us,  so we can say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for taking care  of everything  for us.     As we struggle  with burdens,  we do not know  what to do.     But,  all things are possible  with You.     Blessed be Your name 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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He Wrapped His Face in His Mantle

April 24, 2018

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He Wrapped His Face in His Mantle

We all come to times  when we feel  we’ve had all we can take  of this life.     It’s just more  than we can handle.     Elijah had certainly had it  when he was on the run  from Jezebel,  who was out  to kill him.    He had put his all  into serving the LORD,  and what did it get him  —  on the most-wanted-to-kill list.     Oh, help!

Elijah ran away  and hid in a cave  to bemoan all his troubles.     There it was  that God came to him,  asking what in the world  he was doing there.     Elijah confessed  he felt so alone  and desperate  for his life.     From there we read  in 1 Kings 19:11-13,

So He [God] said,  “Go forth,  and stand  on the mountain  before the LORD.”     And behold,  the LORD was passing by!     And a great  and strong wind  was rending the mountains  and breaking in pieces the rocks  before the LORD;  but the LORD was not  in the wind.     And after the wind  an earthquake,  but the LORD was not  in the earthquake.

And after the earthquake,  a fire,  but the LORD was not  in the fire;  and after the fire  a sound  of a gentle blowing.

And it came about  when Elijah heard it,  that he wrapped his face in his mantle,  and went out  and stood  in the entrance  of the cave.

When we are  in the midst  of all sorts of turmoils,  disasters,  and storms,  their power is obvious.     Our troubles are overwhelming,  and we surely are not  in control  of them.     But,  when they come,  we are to settle down  and listen  to God’s “gentle blowing”  —  God’s still small voice.

It is true  that we have no power  over the storms of life  that come to us.     But,  God is in power.     God knows  all about it  and He wants us  to just settle down  and trust His loving care  for us.     When we settle down  and look at God’s love  for us,  we will be able  to trust Him  and “Cast all your anxiety upon Him,  because He cares  for you.”   (1 Peter 5:7)

Our problem is  that we need to realize  just how much  God loves us.     It is impossible  to realize God’s love  if we refuse  to abide  in His word  and if we refuse  to go to Him  in prayer,  confessing our sins  and accepting His forgiveness.     So,  step number one is  to remember James 4:8“Draw near  to God  and He will draw near  to you.”

When we do that,  we will hear God’s “gentle blowing”  —  His still small voice  guiding us  into His peace  that passes all understanding.     And then,  we also,  will hide our face  and humbly say,   “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for your faithful love,  even when we are afraid  and doubting.”

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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Dirty Jobs

April 23, 2018

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Dirty Jobs

Many of us have had the privilege  of doing dirty jobs.     It could be anything  from changing diapers;  cleaning the barn  or chicken coop;  cleaning the bathroom;  cleaning up after the puppy  that made a mess;  doing greasy,  mechanical work;  working in the sewer department;  being a garbage collector,  or anything else along those lines.

When we are done  with each dirty job,  we are most glad  to get cleaned up again,  and have that wonderful feeling  of being clean.     It is so good  to be freshly scrubbed  from head to toe  after doing a dirty job.     And,  so much better and more purifying is  to become spiritually clean  when Jesus washes away  all our filthy sins.     1 John 1:7-10 states,

The blood  of Jesus His Son  cleanses us  from all sin.

If we say  that we have no sin,  we are deceiving ourselves,  and the truth is not  in us.     If we confess our sins,  He is faithful and righteous  to forgive us  our sins  and to cleanse us  from all unrighteousness.

If we say  that we have not sinned,  we make Him  a liar,  and His word  is not in us.

The bottom line is:   the blood of Jesus cleanses us  from every single sin  we have committed.     There is no room  for doubt.     When we confess our sins  to the Lord  and repent,  Jesus is so glad  to wash all our sins away.     That’s the whole reason why He suffered  and died  for us.    He wants us  to come to Him  and get our lives turned around.

What’s the sense of claiming  that we have no sin.     That’s either a sneering,  outright lie  or it comes  from a person  who is “blind in one eye  and can’t see out the other”.     It’s foolish  to be so arrogant.     Such arrogance only condemns us  all the more  because we would be calling God Almighty  a liar.     When you think about it,  liars like to call everyone else  a liar  in order to hide  their own lies.

Jesus said something very important  about becoming spiritually clean.     In John 15:3,  He told all His followers,

You are already clean  because of the word  which I have spoken  to you.

It is the power  of God’s word  that cleanses us.     In other words,  God’s word is faithful  and totally true.     When God makes a promise,  we can count on Him  to keep His word.     So,  when all of the Old Testament points  to a coming Savior,  and all those prophecies come true  in the one man,  Jesus Christ  —  and,  we are told  from the beginning  that the suffering,  death,  and resurrection  of Jesus will cleanse us  of all our sins  —  believing all of that word  of God  cleanses us spiritually.

We simply have no reason  to doubt God’s promise  of forgiveness.     Think of the accounts  where prostitutes were forgiven,  and people with demons  were healed,  the thief on the cross  was taken to heaven,  tax collectors were forgiven,  etc.     When God says “all” sins are forgiven  to everyone  who repents,  that word is powerful.     It includes everyone.

God wants us  to be free  from the burden  of our sins.     So,  He promises  in Jeremiah 33:8,

I will cleanse them  from all their iniquity  by which they have sinned  against Me,   and I will pardon  all their iniquities  by which they have sinned  against Me,  and by which they have transgressed  against Me.

God is the almighty cleanser.     Trust Him  to do the job for you,  so that you may be free  to live in peace  and a close relationship  with our Redeemer.     Being freshly cleansed,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  You are almighty  and faithful  to save.”

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 Were Dead

April 22, 2018

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You Were Dead

Death is very final.     There isn’t anything  in our own power  we can do  to change it.     God alone  has all power  over death and life.     Because only God created us  and has such power,  He wants us  to know a few things  about our situation  with death and life.

There is physical life  and death — and there is spiritual life  and death.     We are in our physical life right now  and know the date  of our birth.    But,  we don’t know the day  we will die physically.     It could be sooner,  rather than later.     When we physically die,  our souls will go either  to eternal life in heaven  or eternal death in hell.     There is no in-between.     Everything depends  on whether or not  we have accepted God’s gracious gift  of salvation,  through faith  in Jesus Christ.

Spiritually,  we were all dead — even while physically alive.     Paul explains our situation  in Ephesians 2:1-9,

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.

Among them we too  all formerly lived  in the lusts  of our flesh,  indulging the desires  of the flesh and of the mind,  and were by nature  children of wrath,  even as the rest.

But God,  being rich in mercy,  because of His great love  with which He loved us,  even when we were dead  in our transgressions,  made us alive  together with Christ  (by grace you have been saved),  and raised us up  with Him,  and seated us  with Him  in the heavenly places,  in Christ Jesus,   in order  that in the ages to come  He might show the surpassing riches  of His grace  in kindness toward us  in Christ Jesus.

For by grace  you have been saved  through faith;  and that  not of yourselves,  it is the gift  of God;  not as a result  of works,  that no one should boast.

That’s a mouthful  that is worth  paying attention to.     Paul is speaking  to Christians.     He reminds them  of how they were dead  in trespasses and sins.”     It is important to see  that trespasses and sins  are to be a thing  of the past  for the Christian’s life.     Before putting our faith  in Jesus  we all “walked according to the course  of this world.”     We just lived the way  we saw others living — in all kinds  of sins.    We didn’t care  about being any different  and felt our sins were okay.

We also walked “according to the prince  of the power  of the air,  of the spirit  that is now working  in the sons of disobedience.”     That’s saying  we naturally let Satan lead us  into gross sins  because we saw other people  doing those sins.     In other words,  we were Satan’s pawn.    No one has been exempt  from falling  for Satan’s desires.    No one has lived  without sinning.

God saw us  being spiritually dead  while physically alive.     We were all headed  for an eternity  of spiritual death  in hell.     God didn’t wait  for us to straighten out our lives  all by ourselves,  because that is impossible.     Because of His great love for us,  God mercifully rescued us  even when we were dead  in our transgressions.”     God rescued us  by having Jesus pay the penalty  we deserved  for our sins.     Because Jesus was perfect  through and through,  He should never have had to die.     But,  Jesus went ahead  and died anyway,  so that He could impute His righteousness  to us  as a gift — a gift we don’t deserve.

So much could be said  on this.    But,  the end result is  a gift for us  that is precious beyond words.     “For by grace  you have been saved  through faith;  and that  not of yourselves,  it is the gift  of God;  not as a result  of works,  that no one  should boast.”

We “were dead” spiritually,  now,  because of grace  in Christ  through faith  we are spiritually alive.     In our spiritual aliveness,  we need  and want  to live for Christ — to live according to His righteousness,  love,  and grace.     We don’t have to let Satan lead us around  by the nose  any more.     We can now let the grace and love of God  strengthen us  to remain spiritually alive  in Christ.

We were dead spiritually.     Now by faith  we are spiritually alive.     Being spiritually alive now  will give us eternal life  in heaven.     Hold on tightly  to our gift  of grace.    Never let go.     Live it.

Are we tempted  to remain spiritually dead  and end up  in hell?     Then think about the greatness  of the gift  God wants us  to receive.     Yes,  it’s for absolutely all  who turn to Christ  in faith.     Our past  does not matter.     God wants us  to turn around now  and become spiritually alive  forever.

As we walk  in the grace of God,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You have done all things  for us  to grant us the gift  of eternal life.     Strengthen us  to continually live  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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The Salt of the Earth

April 21, 2018

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The Salt of the Earth

A proper amount of salt  in every mammal’s diet  is essential  to good health.     A lack of salt causes a body  to languish  and leads  to other health problems.     Such is physical salt.     And,  we all need a spiritual salt also.     This whole world  is languishing  for need  of the necessary spiritual salt  in their lives.

Just look at what is happening  for lack of spiritual salt.     People don’t bat an eye  at having an abortion.     Child prostitution is rampant  in many parts  of the world.     We are being told  that homosexuality must be accepted  as a normal lifestyle.     Adultery is so commonplace  that marriage is being considered old-fashioned — but same-sex marriages are the  in thing.     Political corruption is considered “necessary”  in order to get things done.    And,  the list could go on and on.

The spiritual salt  that is needed is  the preaching of God’s word  of salvation  through Christ alone.     People are  in great need  of the law and the gospel  so that their spiritual health  may be restored  and so that they may gain  eternal life  through Jesus Christ.     Jesus preached  to the multitudes about this  in Matthew 5:13, saying,

You are the salt  of the earth;  but if the salt  has become tasteless,  how will it be made  salty again?     It is good  for nothing any more,  except to be thrown out  and trampled  under foot  by men.

What is Jesus telling us?     There are some important qualities  of salt  that need to be considered.    Salt is white.     So?    The color white  in our culture represents purity.     Next,  salt prevents the rapid decay  of things.     In the early days  before refrigeration,  salt was the only preservative they had  for meats and other foods.    Along with that,  salt preserves the nutrients and flavor  in foods.     There’s no sense  in eating foods  that have no nutrition left  in them  and nobody wants to eat things  that taste bad.     So,  for health and flavor,  salt is vital.

When Jesus calls us salt,  He’s saying  it is our job — our job — to prevent moral rottenness  in this world.     If we Christians don’t do the job  of preserving high moral standards  in this world,  this whole world  will go to hell  in a handbasket  —  and maybe us included.

In our job  of preventing moral rottenness  in this world,  we must be sharing God’s word  with those around us.     It is only God’s word  that can bring people  to salvation and changed lives.     But,  this word of God  will be made ineffective,  if the world sees us living immorally.     Jesus made us pure and holy  by dying for us  on the cross.     We need  to live according to the sacrifice Jesus made  on our behalf.     As the world sees this purity in us,  they will be able  to learn the difference  between the putridness of their sin  and the goodness of holy living   —  even if they don’t change  their hell-bound living.

So,  we need to preserve and flavor  this world  with the gospel  and our life style.     Jesus questions our lack of desire  to share God’s gospel  and live pure lives  for our Lord.     That shows an extremely serious problem  in our lives.     Do we really want  to be so wishy-washy  with this world  that we are afraid  to share God’s word  with another sinner?     Do we really want  to be responsible  for someone going to hell  forever and ever?

If we lack the love  that it takes  to persistently share God’s word,  then we will be responsible  for their demise.    Our love for another soul is  the main quality  in our spiritual saltiness.     Do we love others  or not?

Do we care enough  about all the abortions,  homosexuality,  political corruption,  liberal agendas,  politically correct twistings,  etc.  to speak up  and walk the talk?     Jesus said  we are making ourselves worthless  in this world,  if we refuse to stand up  for what is right,  and pure,  and holy.     That is a very serious statement  from God.

We do need to pray  that God would strengthen us  to be good salt  in this world  —  because the immoralities taking place  are getting worse  —  and we are held responsible  for just speaking out  every chance we get.

As we look to God  our Help  and our Savior,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You have given us  life and forgiveness  in the blood of Christ.     Strengthen us in Your word  that we may be good salt  to everyone  in our lives.”

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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Our Tutor to Lead Us

April 20, 2018

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Our Tutor to Lead Us

God has given us the wonderful ability  to learn.     From experience,  we know  that in our learning,  we must always start from the very beginning — a very good place  to start.     So,  we learn our A, B, C’s  and how to count 1, 2, 3.     It has to be much more  than rote learning.     We have to come to the realization  that there is meaning  to all of this — meaning that will help us progress  in all sorts of endeavors  and interests — meaning that will help us  to become grown-up  and complete — meaning that will bring satisfaction  and success  in life.

We have the same needs  for learning  in our spiritual lives.     We have been born  in sin  and are natural sinners  through and through.     We need  to learn the difference  between right and wrong,  good and bad.     God has given us  a conscience,  which many do use  to guide their living — at least to a certain extent  when they feel like it.     But,  just a conscience,  without the saving knowledge  of our Savior,  does not save us eternally.     And,  we are sinful and sneaky enough  to learn how  to work around  what our conscience tells us  and to justify  our sinful behaviors.     That is not good.

So,  back to the drawing board.     God has given us the Law — a long list  of dos and don’ts.    Paul tells us  about the purpose  of the Law  in teaching us  and about how we graduate  in Galatians 3:24-26,

The Law has become  our tutor  to lead us  to Christthat we may be justified  by faith.    

But now that faith has come,  we are no longer under  a tutor,  for you are all sons  of God  through faith  in Christ Jesus.

The Law is our tutor  to bring us down  to our knees  before Christ.     We need  to know the Law  and the severe consequences  of breaking the Law,  so that we will be enabled  to plead  for mercy  in Jesus.     Our tutor demands  a number of things  from us.     First of all,  in Leviticus 11:45 the Law demands,

You shall be holy  for I am holy.

To be holy means  to be set apart  and totally devoted  to God —  to be sanctified —  to be consecrated.     As we honestly review our past,  we know our lives  have not been devoted  to God.     We’re always wanting to live  for ourselves  without any thought  of what God wants.    Since we’re guilty  of not being holy,  we will have  to face judgment.

Then our tutor makes  another demand  of us  in Deuteronomy 18:13,

You shall be perfect  before the LORD  your God.

That instantly condemns  every single one  of us.     There’s no way  we can be perfect.     But,  the Law,  our tutor demands it,  in spite  of our inability.     We are headed  for hell.     We are not holy  or perfect.     We are condemned.     Even our conscience  had been warning us,  but we didn’t pay any attention.     That adds  to our guilt.     We don’t have an excuse.     Oh,  how we need  to be saved  from this vortex  to hell.

But,  our tutor is not done  with us.     The Law demands  in Deuteronomy 6:5,

You shall love the LORD your God  with all your heart  and with all your soul  and with all your might.

We haven’t loved God  that deeply.     How can we love a God  who is so demanding?     We need  a Savior.     Then,  the Law adds  in Leviticus 19:18,

You shall love your neighbor  as yourself.

We haven’t done that either.     We are condemned  to greater punishment  in hell.     Has our tutor,  the Law,  gotten through to us?     Do we have a clue  about the eternal suffering  we have earned  with our disobedience?     All of these laws are supposed  to wake us up  to our absolute need  for a Savior.     There is no way anyone  can be good enough  for heaven  on their own.     If anyone still has the audacity  to claim  they are good enough  to earn heaven,  they have committed blasphemy  and are incurring  even worse punishment.     Just think  of how many people  actually do commit  this sort of blasphemy.     Do we want  to join them?

God has proven  that all of His word is true  and we need  to listen up.     If we choose  to ignore our tutor,  we will not be led  to our Savior,  Jesus Christ.     The whole reason  for the Law is  to make us realize  our utter sinfulness  and helplessness.     If we haven’t learned that,  we won’t be able  to humbly turn  to Jesus  for forgiveness  and be saved.     So,  are we paying attention?     Do we know  what is going on  in the classroom  of this life?

Paul told us  in Galatians 3:24  that when we learn the lesson  of the Law  and are led  in faith  to Christ  for the forgiveness we need,  we most certainly will be  “justified by faith”.     And  when we are “justified by faith”,  we will no longer need  the Law  as our tutor.     Then,  the Holy Spirit will be enabled  to lead us  through this life  by faith  in Jesus  and the forgiveness  He has earned  for us.

Free from the demands  of our tutor  and through the Holy Spirit,  we will willingly live  according to the love  of God  in Christ.     Then we will say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for washing away  all my sins  in Jesus Christ.     Thank You  for faithfully tutoring me  and making me  Your dear child  by faith.”

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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