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The World Does Not Know Us

September 20, 2019

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The World Does Not Know Us

Many different news sites  have reported  about the persecution  of Christians  around the world.     Those persecutions vary greatly  in kind and intensity.     They have included tortures,  killing,  denials of basic human rights,  denial of the freedom  of religion,  imprisonment,  destruction of property,  etc., etc.      But, the one thing they do have in common  is an absolute hatred  for Christian morals,  ideals,  and faith.

And then,  there is the unspoken reason.     No one says it out loud  because they want to deny it.     1 John 3:1 tells us about it.

See  how great a love  the Father has bestowed  upon us,  that we should be called children of God;  and such we are.     For this reason  the world does not know us,  because it did not know Him.

The world refuses  to accept the “love” of “the Father”  in the sacrifice  of Christ Jesus  to pay  for all our sins  because in their pride,  they think they can save themselves eternally  by their own powers.     They imagine their self-righteousness qualifies them  for eternal life in heaven.

But,  Acts 4:12  tells us regarding Christ Jesus,

And there is salvation  in no one else;  for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men,  by which we must be saved.

So, just how do we know that is true  for sure?     Every religion and philosophy claims something  or another.     We can be confident  that what Christ Jesus did for us  on the cross  actually does save us from our sins  and make us fit for heaven  because there are many prophecies  throughout the whole Old Testament  that describe the promised Savior.     And, lo and behold,  all those prophecies were fulfilled  only in Christ Jesus.

Such fulfillments  by many different prophets  over thousands of years  regarding the one-and-only Savior is an impossibility  —  but as Luke 1:37 tells us:

For nothing will be impossible  with God.

So,  in our every trial, and wondering and fear, we can trust God.     He alone is the Creator and Redeemer  —  and Judge over all.     So,  we can say with Paul  in Romans 8:28,

And we know  that God causes all things  to work together  for good  to those who love God,  to those who are called  according to His purpose.

Looking to our LORD,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for loving us  and being our Good Shepherd  through all our days  on this earth.”

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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For This Very Reason

September 19, 2019

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For This Very Reason

When a person accepts Christ Jesus  as their Savior  from the consequences  of all sin — no matter how young or old they might be — there is a definite change  in how they want to live.     The acknowledgment of God’s love  and holiness  moves them  to want to live their whole lives  to be like our LORD  in love and holiness.     They realize and love how glorious and excellent  the LORD is in all of His being.

When that happens,  2 Peter 1:4-8 explains,

For by these  He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises,  in order that by them  you might become partakers  of the divine nature,  having escaped the corruption  that is in the world  by lust.

Now  for this very reason also,  applying all diligence  to your faith  supply moral excellence,  and in your moral excellence, knowledge;  and in your knowledge,  self-control,  and in your self-control,  perseverance,  and in your perseverance,  godliness;  and in your godliness,  brotherly kindness,  and in your brotherly kindness,  Christian love.

For if these qualities are yours  and are increasing,  they render you neither useless  nor unfruitful  in the true knowledge  of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Peter is showing us  the growth  of a true faith.     As we keep on putting our faith  in the true knowledge  of our LORD and Savior,  God grants  to us   the gifts  of becoming more like a child of God should be.     So,  as we grow in faith,  our morals become excellent  —  our knowledge of God and true righteousness  becomes mature  —  then we gain more self-control  over our sinful inclinations  —  that leads us  to have the strength to persevere in life’s hardships  —  persevering leads to a true godliness  —  true godliness makes us kind  to others  —  and then  we are led  to a true Christian love.

What a marvelous process  of growth  in a true faith  and love for our LORD and Savior.     It makes our lives useful to God  so that our daily lives are lived to His glory,  whatever our daily jobs are.     In that love  we are at peace with God Almighty.

It is such a relief  to have “escaped the corruption  that is in the world by lust”.     Living in God’s love  gives peace  and salvation.     That’s when we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You so very much  for leading us  in living  to Your glory.”

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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Casting All Your Anxiety Upon Him

September 18, 2019

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Casting All Your Anxiety Upon Him

Our LORD knows our every thought,  feeling,  care,  anxiety…….     And we know  how anxious we can get  when things don’t seem  to be going very well.     We become anxious  because we have absolutely no real control  over many situations  and don’t know what the future holds.     Oh, we might try  and do everything within our power,  but our efforts are as nothing.

One really big hang up for many  is that one doesn’t go  to God in prayer.     The thought might be  that one shouldn’t bother God with little things,  since He has more important things  to tend to.     But,  let’s face it.     That’s probably pride  wanting to give ourselves the credit  for doing something all by ourselves.

Everybody needs  to get over the desire  to be entirely self-sufficient.     After all,  we can’t even breathe  without God enabling  our every breath.

Throughout God’s word to us  are examples of those  who humbly put their trust  in the LORD God Almighty  and put their faith  in our Savior and Redeemer,  Christ Jesus.     The apostle Peter well knew  what it meant  to humbly trust  in God’s ways  through thick and thin.     So, he wrote for all of us  in 1 Peter 5:6-7,

Humble yourselves,  therefore,  under the mighty hand  of God,  that He may exalt you  at the proper time,  casting all your anxiety  upon Him,  because He cares  for you.

We can all look back on our lives  and recognize many times  when God has guided and protected us  in all sorts of situations.     As God has cared for us  in the past,  we should know  that He will care for us  in the future.

With everything concerning us  in God’s hands,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  Your loving care  is so wondrous  and awesome.     Thank You for leading us step-by-step  by Your almighty power.”

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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By Faith We Understand

September 17, 2019

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By Faith We Understand

As we delve into the word of God,  our faith grows  —  and we realize things  that the rest of the world wants  to deny,  ignore,  or misconstrue.     That is why Hebrews 11:3 says:

By faith  we understand  that the worlds were prepared  by the word  of God,  so that what is seen  was not made out of things  which are visible.

That matches up  with all the descriptions of creation  in Genesis, chapter 1,  where  for every day of creation described  it says, “Then God said…….”     That truth is also expressed  in Psalm 33:6-9,

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.

Remembering  that the LORD is the Almighty,  with no beginning and no end,  we need  to take all of His word seriously,  in faith.     God does not lie  because He is righteous and holy.     It is impossible  for Him to lie.     So when the world  tries to push contradictory ideas  upon God’s children,  we need  to realize the truth  and stand by it.

The unbelief  and misconstruing  of this world  will not stand  in the end.     We need  to have great respect  for that truth.      “By faith  we understand”  and by faith we stand  in the eternal word of God.

Ever joyful  in the power and truths  of our LORD,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You ever so much   for keeping us  in Your truths.”

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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In Him Was Life

September 16, 2019

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In Him Was Life

Each of us needs to consider  our lives.     What is a good life?     Is it having wealth,  a new house,  new vehicles,  grand vacations,  designer clothes,  health,  popularity,  status in the community,  escapades,  etc.,  etc.?

As pleasing as all this might seem,  we can’t take any of it with us  when we die  —  and obviously,  we will all die some day.     Then what?     Then,  what is it  that will be most pleasing and satisfying?     God wants to put us all  on the right track  regarding life after our earthly death.     We don’t all automatically  get to go to heaven  and live in bliss  for all eternity.

First comes God’s judgment  wherein believers are separated  from unbelievers.     Well, we all know that,  so what will it mean  on our judgment day?     Did we honestly believe  in a way  that changed our lives?     In other words,  was our life style changed  when we said we believed  in Jesus?     With the knowledge  of God’s faithful love for us  through faith in Jesus’ sacrifice  on the cross,  did our hearts lead us to repent  of all our sinful ways  —  and in gratefulness and love  for God’s love,  did we start living  to please,  honor,  and praise God?

There needs to be a reaction  to the acceptance  of Jesus’ sacrificial love for us.     What is our reaction?

John 1:4-5 says  about Jesus,  In Him was life;  and the life was the light  of men.     And the light shines  in the darkness;  and the darkness did not comprehend it.”

In other words,  Christ Jesus  is the one and only one,  who can grant us  eternal “life”  in heaven.     That message  is shown like a “light”  to everyone.     The way the gospel  has been spread throughout the world  is like a “light” shining on everything  God has done for us  in Christ.     Everyone can see it  if they want to see  what the “light” is shining on.     But,  there are many  so involved  with the “darkness”  of their sins  that they don’t care  to look at what the “light”  is shining on.     So, they totally dismiss  God’s message of love and forgiveness,  and just keep on plowing  through their lives  involved with sin.

The apostle John describes their sinful dismissiveness  in verse 11  by saying,  “He came to His own,  and those who were His own  did not receive Him.”     That’s sad.     Those that God created  to be His own,  refused  to accept the sacrificial love  of Christ  to wash away all of their sins.     They were just that proud and self-centered.     They didn’t want the free gift of God’s grace  in Christ.     Jesus’ death on the cross was just too embarrassing  to them.     They didn’t want something like that paying for their sins.     They wanted to claim their own ability  to be worthy  of heaven.

But, in God’s wisdom,  it doesn’t work that way.     Our own ability and strength are worthless.

We need to examine the true worth  of Jesus’ life and sacrifice  of love for us.     It’s contained throughout the whole Bible,  so it’s thousands of years  of evidence  that culminated  in the life of Christ.     It’s worth knowing  because it affects our eternal destiny.

Thankful  for God’s awesome condescending grace  for each of us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  most blessed  is Your faithful love  and patience  with each of us.”

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 Teaching Is Light

September 15, 2019

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The Teaching Is Light

Proverbs are special sayings  with a very deeply understood truth  to them.     So, when we read the proverbs in the Bible,  we need to think about them  and understand  how they apply  to our lives.     It’s always something worth remembering  and taking to heart  because they are a good guide  to living  in fellowship  with our LORD.

Proverbs 6:20-23 says:

My son,  observe the commandment  of your father,

And do not forsake the teaching  of your mother;

Bind them continually  on your heart;

Tie them around your neck.

 

When you walk about,  they will guide you;

When you sleep,  they will watch over you;

And when you awake,  they will talk  to you.

 

For the commandment is a lamp,  and the teaching is light;

And reproofs for discipline  are the way  of life.

 

There’s a lot to think about  and remember in that.     The whole concern is about godly commandments  and teachings.     We can’t afford  to disregard and disobey  what is good and right  in God’s eyes.     He’s the one who is righteous and holy  in all things  —  certainly not us.     We need  to be kept safe  from the sinful hazards  in this world  that will rob us of eternal life.

So when this proverb tells us to “tie” the godly “commandment”  and “teaching” on our “heart”  and to our “neck”,  it is really emphasizing  how very important  and close  these commands need to be  to absolutely everything we do  in our daily lives.     Then,  no matter what is going on  in our lives,  these godly commandments and teachings  will “guide” us  in right thinking —  “watch” over us so we don’t do dumb things  that lead  to sin —  and give us a good “talking to”  when we are tempted  to sin.

Often times,  it is hard  to see what is the right thing  to do in life  —  especially when it seems  that everyone around us  is going the sinful way  of this world.     That’s why the Bible often talks about sin as being a darkness.     We just can’t see and figure out for sure what is the best thing  to do  in a tight situation.     So, God’s word talks about the “commandment” and “teaching”  as being a “lamp” and “light”.     Lamps help us get around  in the dark.     God’s commandments help us  to get around  in this dark world of sin and temptations.

That’s saying that God’s commandments and teachings are the most helpful and comforting things  we can have  to keep us  on the straight and narrow path  to our home  in heaven.     They are a “discipline”  for us  that is really good.     When we know we’re doing right  and are pleasing  in God’s eyes,  that “discipline”  in God’s word  assures us  of God’s loving care.

There is a special joy  in living  in God’s teachings  because they keep us in close fellowship with our Creator Redeemer.     That is when we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You for faithfully guiding us through this life.     May we always stay close  to 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 Does the Will of God

September 14, 2019

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Whoever Does the Will of God

There are people who regularly  go to church,  take part in church activities,  and may even serve as one of the church elders.     So, they consider themselves  to be true Christians.     Jesus qualified that idea  in Mark 3:31-35.

And His mother and His brothers arrived, and standing outside they sent word to Him,  and called Him.     And a multitude was sitting around Him,  and they said  to Him,  “Behold,  Your mother and Your brothers are outside  looking for You.”

And answering them,  He said,  “Who are My mother and My brothers?”

And looking about  on those who were sitting around Him,  He said,  “Behold,  My mother and My brothers!     For whoever does the will  of God,  he is My brother and sister and mother.”

So,  each of us needs  to ask ourselves  whether or not we really are a brother or sister  to Christ Jesus, our Lord.     Do we really take time every day  to sit down and pay full attention  to the word of God  in the Bible?     Do we care about learning God’s word  and living by it?     Do we  do the will  of God  in our daily lives  —  whatever our job might be  in this world?

Jesus said, “Whoever does the will of God,  he is My brother and sister and mother.”

Let us do “the will of God”  by actually listening  to what God wants to teach us  and then actually doing  what God’s word teaches.

No matter what our occupation  in this world, daily living according to God’s will  makes us a “brother and sister”  to our Lord.

It is a wondrous thing  that Jesus calls everyone  who listens  to God’s word  His “brother and sister”.     As we live  to show that truth,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You for teaching us Your word  and helping us  to see the depths  of Your love  for us.     Blessed be Your name.”

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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