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God and Us

June 13, 2017

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God and Us

We expect God  to be true  to us  (and He is),  but we are not always true  to Him.

We expect God  to answer our prayers  (and He does),  but we don’t do  all that God requests  in His word.

We expect God  to be “nice” to us,  (and He so lovingly  and patiently is),  but we are not  so nice  in return.     Just look at our attitudes  towards others  and even towards  studying God’s word.

Things are rather lop sided,  aren’t they?     This is our whole reason  for really needing  a Savior.

An honest examination  of our lives,  motives,  and desires  leaves a lot of room  for betterment  and,  frankly,  purification.     So what can one do  about it?     Go through some sort  of “self-improvement” course?     That has never worked  because it does not get  to the root  of our problem  —  a sinful nature.

God understands that.     So,  through Paul,  in Romans 8:5-8,  we learn a bit  about why  “trying to be good”  all by our wee some  gets us  nowhere fast.     Paul says:

For those  who are according to the flesh  set their minds  on the things  of the flesh,  but those  who are according to the Spirit,  the things  of the Spirit.     For the mind set  on the flesh  is death,  but the mind set  on the Spirit  is life  and peace,  because the mind  set on the flesh  is hostile  toward God;  for it does not subject itself  to the law  of God,  for it is not even able  to do so,  and those  who are  in the flesh  cannot please God.

So those who  “set their minds  on the things of the flesh”  are headed  for eternal death  (getting nowhere fast)  because they simply don’t like  to do things  God’s way.     They think  God’s way  is rather dumb  and just a crutch  for the weak minded.     They are sure  they can live  with all earthly gusto  and still “earn” heaven  because they aren’t  all “that bad”.     It’s scary  to realize  that these people  cannot please God,  their Judge  for all eternity.

The Lord God Almighty,  our Creator,  also described His children  in the above verses.     They set their minds  on the things  of the Spirit,  on life,  peace,  and the love  of God’s ways,  i.e.  they subject themselves  to the law  of God.     God’s children want  to do things  God’s way.

So  “living in the flesh”  and  “living in the Spirit” are opposites with no pretensions.

If we are living  in the Spirit,  we know it  because of our love  for God  and our fellowmen.     But,  what should we do  if we just happen  to be too much  in the flesh  —  too much in love  with doing things  our way  and not really loving others?

First,  we must remember  that God is holy  and eternal.     Nothing will ever  change that.     God is truth  and love.     God never lies,  so we can always trust  His word.     Therefore,  when He says  in John 3:16“For God so loved the world,  that He gave  His only begotten Son,  that whoever believes  in Him  should not perish,  but have eternal life,”  that is true  for each  and every one  of us.     It always will  be true.

We are the “whoever”  who needs  to believe  in the one and only salvation plan  God set before us  in Jesus Christ.     There is no other way.     God said so.

Believing  is setting one’s mind  on the Spirit.     Believing  is seeing  how God has kept  His promises  throughout history  and trusting  that He will keep  His promise  to save us eternally  through the blood  of Christ.

They say, “Seeing is believing”.     Study God’s word enough  to “see”  how God always keeps  His promises.     Let God show  how Jesus fulfilled  all the Old Testament prophecies  about a Messiah,  a Messiah  who would make us clean  and pure  in God’s eyes.     No one else can do  what God has done  in Jesus  over thousands of years.

God’s faithfulness  and love  as shown  in His word  creates a heart filled  with faith,  hope  and love  for our Savior.    Then,  one can live  in the Spirit  and be a true child  of God, saying,  “Hallelujah!”

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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