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He Does Not Afflict Willingly

November 14, 2019

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He Does Not Afflict Willingly

Jeremiah was an Old Testament prophet  who suffered greatly.      Some of his suffering  was in the form of persecutions  and attempts to kill him.      There were people  who arrogantly ignored his preaching  and others who antagonized him.      The people despised Jeremiah’s preaching  because he revealed their sins  of idolatry,  theft,  adultery,  greed,  murder,  and everything else one can think of.

Sure,  Jeremiah felt sad  as he was mocked and persecuted.      But,  far more than that,  Jeremiah wept.      He is often called  the weeping prophet.      But,  he was not selfishly crying for himself.      Jeremiah cried for the people.      Jeremiah truly cared  for the people  who hated him.      He realized  that their sins  were putting them  on the fast track to hell  and he longed to save them  by preaching God’s warnings.      Nevertheless,  the people despised  him.      That called for a lot of endurance  on Jeremiah’s part.

As Jeremiah suffered rejection,  he saw  that the people were really  rejecting God Almighty.      Jeremiah knew  that the people would be punished  by God  with the destruction of Jerusalem  and his country  —  but also,  that God would have mercy  on them  after they repented.

Mercy.      It’s an awesome aspect  of our LORD.      Jeremiah describes  a bit of it  in Lamentations 3:31-33,

For the Lord  will not reject  forever,
For if  He  causes grief,
Then  He  will have compassion
According to  His abundant lovingkindness.
For  He does not  afflict willingly.

God  “does not afflict willingly.”      But,  there are times,  when in great love,  our Lord’s wisdom  finds it necessary  to allow us  to be afflicted  for our own good.      Jerusalem’s affliction  was a punishment  for their unrepentance  and gross sins.      But,  that does not mean  that everyone who is suffering  is being punished  by God.      Job is an example  of a righteous person,  who had to endure  all sorts of afflictions,  just as a test  and a strengthening  of his faith.

Jerusalem’s punishment  was for their wickedness.      Even though they were being punished,  they needed to know  that  “the Lord will not reject forever.”      God’s love did not stop  when the people needed a punishment  to straighten them out.      The punishment  included  the destruction of Jerusalem by Babylon,  the killing and torturing  of many people,  and captivity.      In the midst of all this grief,  God truly loved His people.      From God’s perspective,  it is better  to bear punishment  in this world  that makes one turn from their sins,  than to have to be sentenced  to eternal damnation  for an arrogant rejection  of God’s ways.

Whenever anyone suffers  some sort of punishment  for their sins,  they need to know  and be assured  that this is a love  that wants to save them  from their sinful ways.      Everyone has a tendency  to quickly forget  a light lesson learned.      But,  when there is a memorable lesson,  people are more likely  to humbly acknowledge  God’s power,  love,  and authority.

God is very patient  as He waits for us  to turn to Him.      Jeremiah preached  for years  before his prophecies of punishment  finally came true.      God also tenderly approaches us  with His word  to teach us  the right way  to live by faith.      If there ever comes a time  when we have to endure a punishment  from the Lord for our sins, let us remember  that  “He does not afflict willingly”,  and  “the Lord will not reject forever.”

The very moment  we turn to God in repentance,  He will forgive us.      As we endure a punishment,  that is not meaning  we are unforgiven.      It just means  our Lord is teaching us  the seriousness of our sin,  so that we will learn  to trust Him  and draw closer to Him  in faith,  hope,  and love.

Thankful  that God’s love  is so patient with us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  thank You  for demonstrating Your love  for us  when we were still sinners,  by having Christ die  for 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 Father, Who Has Qualified Us

November 13, 2019

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The Father,  Who Has Qualified Us

We all go through some sort  of qualifying process  at some time or another.     We have to qualify for a job.      We have to qualify for a sports team.      We must qualify to graduate from high school  and get into a college.      We even have to qualify  to be a passenger on an airplane.

In all the things we might qualify for,  it is absolutely impossible  for any of us  to qualify ourselves  for entry into heaven.      Many are trying to qualify themselves for heaven  with all sorts of good deeds,  church work,  spiritual exercises,  etc.      But,  we had better think twice,  because Jesus says  in Matthew 5:48,

Therefore  you  are to be perfect,  as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Perfect?      Just like God Himself?      We’ve already missed the mark.      Nobody can be perfect.      And,  being really good  simply is not  good enough.      Some imagine  that it is not fair  to say we have to be perfect,  but the fact is  that heaven cannot have  the least bit of imperfection  in it.      By ourselves  we really are sunk  —  and if we don’t ever realize that,  we will surely  be headed for eternal condemnation  —  because that is heresy,  pride,  and arrogance  all rolled into one.      We cannot defy God’s word  and expect  to get away with it.

Even though  so many in this world  despise God’s message of salvation  through Jesus Christ alone,  it is the one and only hope  of anyone in this world.      The apostle Paul  talks about  how putting our faith in Jesus  changes our life style.      Faith in having the blood of Jesus  take away all of our sins  relieves us so greatly,  that we gladly desire  to live  like a child of God should live.      Even though we change for the better,  we still are not perfect  in the eyes of other people,  because it’s obvious we still sin.

Christians still sin.      Will they get to heaven?      Paul writes in Colossians 1:12-14,

Giving thanks  to the Father,  who has qualified us  to share   in the inheritance  of the saints in light.

For He delivered us  from the domain of darkness,  and transferred us  to the kingdom  of His beloved Son,  in whom we have redemption,  the forgiveness of sins.

God the Father  has qualified us  to inherit eternal life  in heaven.      We’re not qualified by ourselves  with good works,  because we are still sinners.      But,  the Father  has promised  that all who believe and trust  in the blood of Jesus  to wash away all of their sins  will get to heaven.      As Paul told the Colossians,  by faith,  we get taken out of the  “domain of darkness”  (which is our worldliness and sin),  and we get  “transferred”  into  “the kingdom of His beloved Son.”

It’s like we’re in a different world  —  even though  we’re still living in this world.      Instead of wanting  to live in the evils of this world,  we have come to love  imitating our Savior’s love for us.      We’ve discovered  just how marvelous  God’s love is  and we don’t ever  want to be away from it.      When,  by faith,  we live for Jesus,  we rest  in the fact  that with Jesus,  we  truly have “the forgiveness of sins.”

And with  “the forgiveness of sins”  we get eternal life  in heaven.      That is why  we gratefully  give  “thanks to the Father,  who has qualified us.”      God the Father  has promised  that faith in Jesus  will be the means  of our full forgiveness and qualification for heaven.

With thankful hearts,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  You have done the impossible for us.      Thank You  for faithfully leading us  to Your salvation  in Christ Jesus.”

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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Whatever Is True

November 12, 2019

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Whatever Is True

The human mind  is a miraculous thing  that enables us  to interpret all sorts of stimuli  for the eyes,  ears,  and touch.      With it  we can hold memories  over our whole lifetime  —  or block out memories  that we refuse to deal with.      With our mind  we can communicate with others,  ourselves  —  and with God.

With our mind  we can sort out  all sorts of information  and make decisions.      In spite of all the amazing things  the mind can do,  it can fool itself  —  or be fooled  by wrong information.

The human mind  can fearfully misinterpret information  and then,  try to convince others  that its misinterpretation  is a truth.      It would be like the story of  “Chicken Little”.      When an acorn  fell on this little chick’s head,  he thought the sky was falling.      In fear  of a certain oncoming disaster,  Chicken Little  ran around  warning everyone  that the sky was falling.      He meant well,  but had not rightly interpreted  the acorn’s plunk on his head  —  which really did feel  like something.

In that same way,  Christians can be impressed  with something in this world  and really feel  that the end of the world is here.      But,  as we put that into perspective,  our Lord Jesus  told us 2,000 years ago  that we are living  in the end days.      For 2,000 years God’s children have been seeing all the signs of living  in the last days.     Therefore,  we all need to have our hearts,  minds,  and souls  ready to meet our Lord,  whenever He comes.      But,  in the same breath,  we need to remember  that no one will be able  to say when  the end of the world  will come.      Jesus taught us  in Mark 13:28-32,

Now learn the parable  from the fig tree:  when its branch  has already become tender,  and puts forth its leaves,  you know  that the summer is near.      Even so  you too,  when you see these things happening,  recognize  that He is near,  right at the door.

Truly I say to you,  this generation  will not pass away  until  all these things take place.      Heaven and earth  will pass away,  but My words  will not pass away.

But  of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven,  nor the Son,  but the Father.

We are told to be ready  and to watch  for the signs  of all sorts of false prophets  and the increase  of all sorts of sins.      Although we look for our Lord,  we do not lose our peace and security.      When the apostle Paul  was suffering in prison  for preaching God’s word,  he did not want anyone  dwelling on the horrible things  that might happen to him  or any other Christian.      Rather,  Paul told us to rejoice in the Lord  and dwell  on the goodness of God.      In Philippians 4:8-9, Paul tells us,

Finally,  brethren,  whatever is true,  whatever is honorable,  whatever is right,  whatever is pure,  whatever is lovely,  whatever is of good repute,  if there is any excellence  and if anything worthy of praise,  let your mind dwell on these things.

The things you have learned  and received  and heard  and seen in me,  practice these things;  and the God of peace  shall be with you.

All the truths of God  fit into Paul’s list  of what our minds need to dwell on.      As we dwell on the truths of God Almighty,  He will give us the peace and joy  we need  to remain in the true faith  —  whatever  temporary trials and tribulations  we are facing in this world.

Dwelling on God  and His salvation,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  Your word is eternally true.      Strengthen us  in Your eternal  promises  and loving care.”

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 Serpents, You Brood of Vipers

November 11, 2019

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You Serpents,  You Brood of Vipers

So,  what is love?      Does a loving parent  allow their child  to run out into the midst of busy traffic  because they don’t want to raise their voice  and hurt their child’s feelings?      No.      A loving parent  rushes out  and grabs the child back to safety  — – totally disregarding  the child’s kicking and screams  for wanting to get a ball.      The child may have gotten roughed up a bit  in the episode  and feel that the parent  is being mean,  “causing”  him to lose his ball  —  but  that does not matter.      Real love took place  in saving the child’s life.      Forget about the ball.      Balls are replaceable.      But,  the child may remain defiant  because he wanted  “that”  ball  —  not some other ball.

So,  what is love,  as life goes on?

Jesus showed great love and compassion  as He roughed up the scribes and Pharisees  in all of Matthew, chapter 23.      He hurt their feelings  and they held a grudge against Him  for doing so.      Those scribes and Pharisees  were headed for hell,  with all their man-made laws and traditions,  that contradicted  God’s loving laws  and ordinances.      But,  they refused to see it that way.      They liked showing authority  over the people  by making up rules to burden them  and proudly looking like  they were knowledgeable,  righteous,  and better than the ordinary people.

But,  Jesus called them hypocrites straight to their faces  because He still loved them  and wanted to save them  from eternal damnation.      Jesus showed them their hypocrisy  by contrasting God’s word  with their man-made rules.      That should have opened their eyes and hearts,  but their pride  led them to hate Jesus  for preaching the truth  in front of all the people.      Their reputation as righteous teachers  of the law was ruined  —  all because of Jesus.      Instead of being sorry  for their waywardness,  their hatred and pride  eventually led them  to have Jesus crucified.

Jesus knew  their kind of hatred and pride  would continue against anyone who preached God’s truths.      So,  Jesus firmly prophesied  about how their refusal to repent  would lead them to sin even more  and be eternally judged.      In Matthew 23:33-37  Jesus says,

You serpents,  you brood of vipers,  how shall you escape  the sentence of hell?

Therefore,  behold,  I am sending you prophets  and wise men  and scribes;  some of them you will kill and crucify,  and some of them  you will scourge in your synagogues,  and persecute from city to city,  that upon you  may fall the guilt  of all the righteous blood shed on earth,  from the blood of righteous Abel  to the blood of Zechariah,  the son of Berechiah,  whom you murdered  between the temple and the altar.

Truly I say to you,  all these things  shall come upon this generation.      O Jerusalem,  Jerusalem,  who kills the prophets  and stones those  who are sent to her!      How often  I wanted to gather your children together,  the way a hen  gathers her chicks  under her wings,  and you were unwilling.

When people allow their self-righteous pride  to make them do evil things  against God’s children,  they will be held accountable  for their actions.      What Jesus said here  was a loving rebuke  to save them from sinning even more.      The apostle Paul came to realize that.      In the beginning,  Paul persecuted Christians,  but then  he realized God’s love and truths  and became a strong  and true  Christian.      Paul learned from Jesus’  rebuke.

We all need to constantly learn  from God’s loving warnings.      God disciplines us  in love  —  a real love.

Knowing that God’s judgments  are sure to come,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  You can open our eyes,  ears,  hearts,  and minds  as You did for Paul.      Mercifully show us  Your truths  that we may be saved eternally.      Blessed be 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, But…

November 10, 2019

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Be Anxious For Nothing,  But…

It’s so easy  to get caught up in anxiety.      After all,  there is so much  we simply have no control over.      We cannot control earthquakes,  tsunamis,  hurricanes,  the economy,  world powers,  diseases,  accidents,  etc.      In our helplessness,  we can try grasping straws  of what we think  might help.      But,  when it is straw we are depending upon,  we are sure to fall.

For that very reason,  Paul instructs us  in God’s truths.      Paul wrote these instructions  while sitting in prison  and possibly facing death  for his faith.      With these words,  Paul is showing us  what our faith  needs to be like  as we face our problems  in this world.      He says in Philippians 4:4-7,

Rejoice in the Lord  always;   again I will say,  rejoice!

Let your forbearing spirit  be known  to all men.      The Lord is near.

Be anxious for nothing,  but  in everything  by prayer and supplication  with thanksgiving  let your requests  be made known to God.      And the peace of God,  which surpasses  all comprehension,  shall guard your hearts  and your minds  in Christ Jesus.

Is your heart and mind being guarded  in Christ Jesus  —  the only One  who can guard us?      Is your forbearing spirit  known to those around you?      Are you anxious  for nothing?      Are you always  faithfully rejoicing  in prayer,  supplication,  and thanksgiving?      We all need to be aware  of how our faith  is working  —  or coming  to a grinding halt.

When by faith  we know  that God is in control  of all things  and will carry us  through every situation,  we will not be frantically trying  to overcome the impossible  all by ourselves.      Our faith will be in God  —  not in our ability  to outmaneuver  an oncoming,  overwhelming  disaster.

To have a  “forbearing spirit”  is to be able  to control oneself  under all sorts of provocations.      One with a  “forbearing spirit”  will refrain  from acting like someone  who does not have faith  in the love of God,  our Savior.      They will willingly endure  and tolerate  whatever happens  because they know  that our Lord  is caring for them  in the midst of their troubles  —  even in painful troubles.      As Paul was imprisoned  and facing a death sentence,  he was not wringing his hands  and unwilling to endure  whatever God wanted him to face.      Paul was not  anxious about his future.

Why?      Because he had a thankful heart  for all that God does  in caring for us  in Jesus Christ.      Paul fervently prayed  that he would be a good  and true witness  of God’s salvation,  no matter what sort of hardship  he would have to face.      Paul was confident  in God’s love for him  because Jesus willingly suffered  and died  on the cross  so that we might be given  eternal life.

Translating that  to our situation today,  we are to thankfully  and faithfully rejoice  in prayer,  as we look  to our Lord  and ask for His almighty power  to help us  through our lives.      Then with faith,  “the peace of God”  will  “guard your hearts and your minds  in Christ Jesus.”      When we trust God,  He will strengthen us  with the peace  of knowing for sure  that we are eternally safe  in His hands.      Even if our life on earth ends,  it does not matter,  because  we will be with our Lord  in heaven.

Those who do not trust in God  cannot comprehend  or understand  this gift of peace  from God,  but it will help us  to realize  that we don’t have to worry  about what is happening  in this world.      We are God’s dear children  and whatever He allows  in our lives  is okay  because our Lord  will bring us home.

Rejoicing in the faith  that enables peace,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  thank You  for powerfully upholding us  in the peace and assurance  of Your eternal love  in Jesus Christ.”

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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Because the LORD Is Good and Upright

November 9, 2019

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Because the LORD Is Good and Upright

The mythological gods of many nations are capricious,  warring,  and often evil.      That is because they are figments of people’s imaginations  and people think in terms  of their own sinful natures.      A myth is a myth and has nothing to do with reality and truth.

Because the Bible proves it’s truthfulness over thousands of years, we know it can be trusted even today  to be actual truth  and not a man-made myth  or philosophy.     There is a passage that is good to trust when we feel confused and intimidated  by others who want us  to do what we feel is wrong.      King David wrote in Psalm 25:8-10,

Because the LORD is good and upright,
He shows sinners how  to live.
He enables the humble  to live right,
teaching them His way.
The LORD is kind and true  in everything He does,
for those who keep His covenant  and His truth.

Sometimes people don’t go to God for help and guidance  because they feel they are too sinful,  so they conclude  that God Almighty certainly won’t listen  to the likes of them.      Wrong.      God is not like sinful mankind.

We can take great comfort in the fact  that God Almighty truly is “good and upright.”      In mankind’s way of being,  he won’t help anybody he thinks has wronged him.      But,  God is different.      God has compassion on us  because we are trapped by sin.      So, God is more than willing  to help every single sinner,  who goes to Him  for guidance.

When we go to God for guidance,  we are admitting  that we are weak and unable  to live rightly  by our own strength.      That is being humble.      God loves us  for humbly admitting our needs  and weaknesses.      Our humbleness sparks the LORD’s compassion and mercy  towards us,  and causes Him  to greatly desire  to help us  in our misery.

God’s covenant with us is  that He will surely forgive our sins  when we humbly go to Him  in prayer  and ask Him  to forgive us  for Jesus’ sake.      We are keeping God’s truth  when we admit  that there is forgiveness only  in Jesus Christ.

All this is why we can all be ever so happy  in God’s presence,  knowing for sure  that the LORD is good and upright,  He shows sinners how  to live right.”      God will gladly show us how  to live when we honestly want Him to.      That is a blessing  that will lead us  to eternal life  through faith  in our Savior.

Relieved in receiving God’s compassion and guidance,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      LORD,  there is nothing better  than knowing for sure You love us  and forgive us  through faith in Jesus Christ.”

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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Know How Christ Loves Us

November 8, 2019

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Know How Christ Loves Us

We all have times  when we feel  unloved,  unappreciated,  “un”  everything that we long for.      Actually,  it’s good for us  to experience that  —  IF,  through this experience,  we also realize  and come to appreciate  just how greatly  God loves us  —  without  getting much love  and appreciation in return  from us.      We have never loved  to the depths  that God loves us.

Jeremiah 31:3 reminds us,

The LORD  has come from far  to appear to him.      He says:  I have loved you  with an everlasting love;  and so with kindness  I will draw you  to Me.

We are greatly loved  —  and always have been —  but with all the influences of this world,  we can get so distracted  that we forget  what the truth of the matter  really is.      Because we live in a very sinful  and troubled world,  the apostle Paul  fervently prayed  for all those  who accepted Jesus  as their Savior.      Paul wanted all Christians  to continually remember  that we are loved.      Many of those early Christians  remembered God’s love  even as they had to face  being eaten by lions  in the Colosseum.      As Paul prayed for God’s children,  he wrote in Ephesians 3:16-19,

…that His Spirit  will inwardly strengthen you  with power,  Christ  will live in your hearts  by faith,  and you will be  firmly rooted and built up  in love,  so that  you and all the holy people  can grasp  how broad  and long  and high  and deep  love is,  and  know how Christ loves us  —  more than we can know  —  and so  you will be filled  with all that is  in God.

We also need to pray  for all of this.      The world is not any easier to live in  these days.      We need the Holy Spirit  to strengthen us  with the power  to remain in the true faith.      We need Christ  living in our hearts,  so that  we won’t be misled  by all sorts of false doctrines  and temptations.

This everlasting love  that God loves us with  cannot really be measured.      But,  as we become  “firmly rooted and built up in love”  by studying God’s word,  and discovering there  how great  God’s love has been  through the ages,  then  we will have an inkling  as to  “how broad and long and high and deep love is” .      All of the accounts  of God’s love,  mercy,  forgiveness,  and faithfulness  throughout His word  show us  an everlasting love.

The love that Jesus showed us  when He suffered and died  on the cross  started way back  in the beginning of the Bible,  when a Savior was promised  in the Garden of Eden.      So,  we can never honestly say  God does not love us.      But,  as we meditate  on all that is in the Bible,  we will get an idea  of  “HOW Christ loves us” .      Then,  the more we realize  of the greatness  of God’s love for us,  the more we will know  that it is  “more than we can know.”

Knowing that  we are so greatly loved,  we,  as far as is possible here on earth,  “will be filled with all that is in God.”      In other words,  we will be led to love others  and desire  that they,  too,  will come to know  the love of the Lord.

As we attentively  listen  to our LORD and Creator  in His word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  keep our eyes and hearts open  to always  realize  how greatly You love us  in Jesus Christ.”

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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