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You Thought That I Was Just Like You

August 4, 2017

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You Thought That I was Just Like You

People have a way  of interpreting God wrongly.     An example was  in the news  the other day.     A gangster,  with many crimes  to his credit,  felt that he would go  to heaven  because he believed  that there is a god  —  but he does not believe  in Christ Jesus.     He feels  that he can now  work his way  into heaven.

His idea  of God  is just like  what is described  in Psalm 50.     God described  the wicked  as  hating discipline,  disregarding God’s word,  being pleased  with thieves,  speaking with evil deceit,  slandering,  etc.     And then  God says in Psalm 50:21-22,

These things  you have done  and I kept silence;
You thought  that I was just like you;
I will reprove you  and state the case  in order  before your eyes.

Now consider this,  you who forget God,
Or  I will tear you  in pieces,  and there will be none  to deliver.

When people are not punished immediately  for their sins,  they quickly assume  that God is  just like them  —  willing to accept  all sorts  of evils  —  and forget about their “waywardness“.     These days,  people think nothing  of disregarding God’s word  about Christ Jesus,  our Savior.     They think  it’s okay  to mock Jesus  and Christians  because nothing happens anyway  when anyone does so.     They see Christians have troubles  just like everyone else,  so they assume  Christians are not special  in God’s eyes.

But,  for all the evils  the people  of this world  accept,  2 Peter 3:8  has a warning,

But do not let  this one fact  escape your notice,  beloved,  that with the Lord  one day  is like a thousand years,  and a thousand years  like one day.

God is patient  and  knows our every thought,  feeling,  and action.     When Judgment Day comes,  everyone will be judged  according to God’s righteousness  in Christ Jesus.     Only those  who believe  and trust  in Jesus  will be forgiven  and saved eternally.     We dare not forget that.     It’s the main message  in God’s eternal word.

Putting our trust  in God’s promises  of forgiveness  through faith  in Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for redeeming us  through Jesus.”

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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