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He Reckoned It to Him

April 29, 2017

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He Reckoned It to Him

“Reckoning”  is a marvelous concept.     To “reckon”  is to consider,  regard,  figure,  calculate,  balance,  settle,   judge  —  well,  we get the picture.     The bottom line is  that God Almighty,  our Creator Redeemer  reckons our beings.     He judges us all  —  He reckons us all  —  according to His standards.

We need  to think  about this  because there are many web sites  that claim  our only “righteousness”  is what we actually do  in our lives.     They will loudly tout Jesus  in John 15:14,

You are My friends  if you do  what I command you.

and  in Matthew 12:50,

For whoever does the will  of My Father  who is in heaven,  he is My brother  and sister  and mother. 

That does not balance out  with the rest  of God’s word,  such as when Genesis 15:6  says  about Abraham’s faith  in the LORD,

Then he believed  in the LORD;  and He  reckoned it  to him  as righteousness. 

God Almighty judged Abraham  to be totally righteous  because  of his faith  —  he believed  in the LORD.

Jesus commanded us  to “believe”.     That is how  we do  “the will”  of the “Father”.     There are many Bible verses  to back that up,  including:

Romans 4:5-6  +++  But  to the one  who does not work,  but believes in Him  who justifies the ungodly,  his faith  is credited  as righteousness,  just as David also speaks  of the blessing  on the man  to whom God credits righteousness  apart  from works.

2 Corinthians 5:21  +++  He made Him  who knew no sin  to be sin  on our behalf,  so that  we might become  the righteousness  of God  in Him.

2 Corinthians 11:15  +++   Therefore  it is not surprising  if his servants (the devil’s servants)  also  disguise themselves  as servants  of righteousness,  whose end  will be  according to their deeds.

Unbelievers  are judged  “according to their deeds”  —   believers are reckoned  to be righteous.    Paying attention  to all  of God’s words  is vital  to a true faith  in Christ alone  for our salvation.     Do you believe  in Christ’s salvation?

Ever so glad  for Christ’s compassionate mercy  and forgiveness,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Blessed LORD,  You alone  are our almighty Savior.”

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

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

Psalm 18:30

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

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

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

Psalm 105:3

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

Philippians 3:12

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Peddling the Word of God

April 28, 2017

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Peddling the Word of God

We do need  to always be aware  that we live  in a very sinful world.     For all sorts  of motives,  some people will pretend  to have  our bests interests  at heart,  but  they are actually looking  for a way  to use people  for the gain  of money,  power,  and popularity.     They will make out  like they are preaching God’s word,  but really  their preaching points  to themselves  and their  “doctrines”,  that are actually contrary  to the word  of God.

God’s word  from beginning  to end  often warns us  of those preaching  false doctrines.     That is exactly why  it is so important  for God’s children  to learn  God’s word  by reading the Bible.     We need  to know  what is true  and what is false.     Our eternal life  depends on it.

When Paul  warns us  about false preachers  in 2 Corinthians 2:17,  he says  about God’s faithful preachers,

For we  are not  like many,  peddling the word  of God,  but as  from sincerity,  but as  from God,  we speak  in Christ  in the sight  of God.

Paul  and Jesus’ apostles  did not preach  their own ideas.     Rather,  they only preached  what was  “from God”,  according to what Christ Jesus taught.     All  of their preaching  was in accordance  with everything  throughout  the Bible.     That is why  their preaching  could be trusted  as being  “from God”.     Their preaching  showed the fulfillment  of all God’s promises  in Christ Jesus.     That is why  they could honestly say,  “we speak  in Christ”.     All  of their preaching  could be tested  by matching it up  with the rest  of God’s word.     But,  the “peddling”  of false preachers  sneakily leads people  to follow them  as a person.     False preachers  have no  honest regard  for having people  follow Jesus only.

When Paul  and Jesus’ apostles preached,  they did so  in all humbleness,  without looking  for any sort  of personal gain.     Instead of desiring personal popularity,  they preached Christ  as our Savior.     Everything they said pointed  to Jesus  as the one-and-only Savior  and our need  for Jesus.     Their preaching  turned the hearts  of the people  to God  and our Savior Jesus.     They were not trying  to con people  into any sort of legalism,  in order  to bind people  to any man-made rules.     They were not looking  to get rich  in any way.

They simply  and truly  worked hard  to serve God,  our Savior.     Why?     Because they fully realized  that their every thought,  motive,  and action  was  in the sight  of God”  —  the full  sight  of God.    They knew  and believed  that God Almighty is  not only our Creator,  but He is our Redeemer,  and Judge  for all eternity.     There isn’t anything  anyone  can hide  from God.     God Almighty  knows the hearts  of every preacher.     It takes  quite the audacity  for any preacher  to imagine  that he will get away  with his false doctrines.

False preaching reveals  a lack  of faith  and trust  in God.     So  we must  become grounded  in God’s word,  so we will not  fall prey  to false doctrines.

In the joy  of the purity  of God’s word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for making Your word eternal  by Your almighty authority  and power.”

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

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

Psalm 18:30

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

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

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

Psalm 105:3

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

Philippians 3:12

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The Heart of Those Who Seek the LORD

April 27, 2017

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The Heart of Those Who Seek the LORD

Honest praise  is so pleasing  to the LORD.     So,  Psalm 33:1  starts out by saying,

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.

A sincere heart  that acknowledges God  for all  that He is  is simply joyful  in the knowledge  of God’s love  for all  of us.     King David’s heart  was sincerely joyful  when he was able  to bring the ark  of God  to the tent  they had pitched  for it.     In wanting to give God  a right praise,  David appointed Asaph  and some Levites  to sing  and play all sorts of musical instruments  as a way  of always thanking God.

They sang  in 1 Chronicles 16:8-12,

Oh give thanks  to the LORD,  call upon His name;
Make known His deeds  among the peoples.   

Sing to Him,  sing praises  to Him;
Speak  of all His wonders.  

Glory  in His holy name;
Let the heart of those  who seek the LORD  be glad.  

Seek the LORD  and His strength;
Seek His face  continually.  

Remember His wonderful deeds  which He has done,
His marvels  and the judgments  from His mouth.

Having a thankful heart  that gladly sings  to the LORD  is what  we all need  —  simply because  God is awesome beyond description.     For whatever reason  we are seeking  the LORD,  we need  to  “be glad”  because He is our Creator Redeemer,  who has proven His love  for us  in Christ Jesus.

We can “sing to Him”  as we see His awesome creation  —  as we read His word  and remember all  that He has done  —  as we look to Him  for help  in our trials  and tribulations  —  and as we need guidance  in life’s challenges.     Every moment  is a good time  to  “remember” God’s wonders.

Remembering God’s holy love  for us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your faithful love.”

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

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

Psalm 18:30

.

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

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

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

Psalm 105:3

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

Philippians 3:12

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Let Them Know

April 26, 2017

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Let Them Know

What a Savior  we have!     What a God  we have!

Ever since the beginning,  people have been judging  and condemning God  for who He is.

The LORD displays His awesome power  in all  of creation  and explains in His word  how He created it  by His word.     People humph with, “Hogwash!”

People are but a speck  in all of creation.     They can’t bring anything  into this world  and they can’t take anything  out from it  when they die  —  they suffer  with all sorts of trials  and ailments  —  and they all  surely die.     But yet,  they have the audacity  to claim there is no God  who could have created  all the intricacies  of nature  that we see around us.

And God is patient  with them all.

The LORD displays  His awesome power  in promising a Savior  and shows  through thousands of years  of history  how He has the power  to keep that promise  of a Savior.     But,  the people humph  with another, “Hogwash!”

The effects of their sins  bring on all sorts of pains  and trials  throughout the world,  but they still feel  they don’t need a “Savior”.     Somehow,  all this sorrow  is everyone else’s fault.     Each one justifies  his own sins,  but judges others.

And God is patient  with them all.

All God’s patience  is our time of grace.     This time  is given to us  for another chance  to see ourselves  for what we are  and repent.

Psalm 109 is a prophecy  of Judas’ judgmental attitude  and behavior  towards Jesus.     It describes his hateful,  wicked ways  —  and pronounces God’s judgment  on all those  who speak evil  of God’s extended love  and suffering  on our behalf.     In it  the Savior prays  in verses 27-28,  as He is suffering unjustly,

And let them know  that this is  Your hand;
You,  LORD,  have done it.  

Let them curse,  but You bless;
When they arise,  they shall be ashamed,
But Your servant  shall be glad.

And so we know  that the LORD  let our Savior suffer  and die  on our behalf.     At judgment day,  all those  who curse the LORD now  will be terribly ashamed.

But,  because of Jesus’ victory  over sin  and death,  He rose victorious  to give salvation  to all  who put their trust  in Him.     So,  our Savior ends Psalm 109 by declaring  in verses 30-31,

With my mouth  I will give thanks abundantly  to the LORD;
And  in the midst of many  I will praise Him.      

For He stands  at the right hand  of the needy
To save him  from those  who judge his soul.

So,  how do we see Jesus’ suffering,  death  and resurrection?     Do we judge Him  as the world  judges Him?     Let us not be like Judas,  who spoke evil  against his LORD  and judged Him  so wrongly.

As we see the wonder  of God’s patience  and love  towards us,  may we return that love  in worship  and lives  that reflect His love.     Then,  we will reverently exclaim,  “Hallelujah!      What a Savior!”

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

.

The word of the LORD is tried;

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

Psalm 18:30

.

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

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

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

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

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

Psalm 105:3

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

Philippians 3:12

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He Who Finds Me Finds Life

April 25, 2017

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He Who Finds Me Finds Life

Our Savior,  Christ Jesus,  was spoken of  way from the beginning  of time  because He is eternal.     Simply put,  He is God  —  our Creator Redeemer.     Proverbs,  chapter 8 makes reference  to Christ  and poetically describes  how He is  from everlasting.

Proverbs points out that  because Christ is  our Creator,  who knows us inside  and out,  we really do need  to listen to Him.     So,  Proverbs 8:32-34  teaches us,

Now therefore,  O sons,  listen to me,
For blessed are they  who keep my ways. 

Heed instruction  and be wise,
And do not  neglect it.      

Blessed is the man  who listens  to me,
Watching daily  at my gates,
Waiting  at my doorposts.

We are not just  to  “listen”  to our Creator Redeemer,  we are  to obey Him.     And,  we don’t obey grudgingly,  loving our evil tendencies  —  we obey  because  that obedience  is  “wise”.     God knows  what is good  and right  —  what will make us blessed  and happy  —  not to mention  making everyone around us  blessed  and happy.     God even says  we are  to always be  “watching”  and  “waiting”  for His guidance  and leading.     That’s because we need it  and because it is  so much better  than boldly  going our own  sinful ways  and ending up  in trouble.

Our reward  for being sensibly  and lovingly  “wise”  is awesomely  great  —  it’s eternal life.     Proverbs 8:35-36  gives a promise  and a warning  that we need  to take very seriously,

For  he who finds me  finds life
And obtains favor  from the LORD.       

But  he who sins  against me  injures himself;
All those  who hate me  love death.

“Finding”  Jesus  is learning  His word,  and lovingly obeying it  by faith.     It’s seeing  the utter goodness  of God’s love  for us.     But,  those who belligerently stay  in their sins  are defiantly daring God  to judge them eternally.     They will be eternally sorry.

Glad  for God’s promises  of mercy  and forgiveness,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  Your patient love  is awesome.”

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

.

The word of the LORD is tried;

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

Psalm 18:30

.

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

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

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

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

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

Psalm 105:3

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

Philippians 3:12

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Your Name

April 24, 2017

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Your Name

The name  of the LORD God  is to be respected  and honored  above all names.     Sadly,  so many people show nothing  but a lack of respect  for God  —  and His authority over them.     Ultimately,  we will all  have to give  an account  of everything we say,  do,  and feel.     It is only through faith  in Christ Jesus  that all of our sins  can be erased  before our Judgment Day.

King David  had a very close relationship  with God  through prayer  and a study  of God’s word.     That is why  he was able  to express  in Psalm 9:10,

And those  who know Your name  will put their trust  in You,
For You,  O LORD,  have not forsaken  those who seek You.

To  “know”  God’s  “name”  is much more  than being able  to list  all the names  of God  in the Bible.     To  “know”  God’s  “name”  is to “know”  all that He is,  which includes Creator,  Redeemer,  Father,  Son,  Holy Spirit,  Judge,  Teacher,  etc.     Every name  that describes God  shows how almighty,  loving,  kind,  forgiving,  and holy  He is.     That’s what we need  to  “know”.

When we realize  all that,  we will be able  to put our  “trust”  in Him alone.     Surely,  we  “know” we can’t  “trust” a known liar,  thief,  or criminal.     That would be foolish.

But,  with all  of our challenges  and tribulations  in this world,  it is important  to be assured  that we can  “trust”  in the LORD  through life  —  and in death.     We can  “trust”  God when we  “know”  His  “name”  —  and that comes through learning  His word,  realizing  that He alone  has the power  to fulfill all His prophecies  over thousands  of years.     That is why Romans 10:17  says,

So faith  comes from hearing,  and hearing  by the word  of Christ.

The Bible is filled with accounts  of God’s loving faithfulness  in all sorts  of dire situations.     Because God faithfully helped  all those sinners,  we can “know”  that He will help us also.

In faith,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your eternal  trustworthiness  as we seek You  in Your word.”

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

.

The word of the LORD is tried;

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

Psalm 18:30

.

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

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

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

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

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

Psalm 105:3

.

**************

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

Philippians 3:12

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A Good Tree

April 23, 2017

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A Good Tree

We most certainly do need  to be aware  of those  who are “false prophets”  in this world.     But,  as we recognize  what makes them a “false prophet”,  we also need  to look  within ourselves.     Are we honestly living  according to God’s word  with a true faith,  hope,  and love?

Jesus taught us  in Matthew 7:15-20,

Beware of the false prophets,  who come to you  in sheep’s clothing,  but inwardly  are ravenous wolves.       You will know them  by their fruits.       Grapes are not gathered  from thorn bushes  nor figs  from thistles,  are they?       So every good tree bears  good fruit,  but the bad tree  bears bad fruit.       A good tree  cannot produce  bad fruit,  nor can a bad tree produce  good fruit.       Every tree  that does not bear good fruit  is cut down  and thrown  into the fire.       So then,  you will know them  by their fruits.  

We will know  “false prophets”  ( i.e.  false Christians )  by their “fruit”  —  just as,  we should recognize ourselves  by our “fruit”.     Our “fruit”  has nothing to do with our wealth,  health,  popularity,  or worldly goods.     In God’s eyes,  our  “fruit”  is measured  by our faith,  hope,  and love.

When trials  and tribulations  come into our lives,  where do we put  our faith?     Do we hope  in mankind,  technology,  money,  and other worldly things?     And,  how about our love?     Do we honestly love the LORD  for all that He has done  for us  in Christ Jesus  and creation  —  and do we love God’s children  as we live together  in the true faith?

Our Creator Redeemer is looking  for “good fruit”  in our lives.     Has knowing  how very deeply God loves us  in Christ Jesus  led us   to live  more in accordance  with His word?     A pretentious Christianity  won’t do anyone  any good  on Judgment Day,  because God knows  our every thought,  word,  and deed.

Praising God  for the forgiveness  He freely gives  in Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for leading us  in Your eternal word.”

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

.

The word of the LORD is tried;

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

Psalm 18:30

.

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

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

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

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

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

Psalm 105:3

.

**************

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

Philippians 3:12

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