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Who Is Like You?

January 2, 2019

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Who Is Like You?

Many people claim  that Christianity is for sissies,  old women,  and little kids.     They don’t want  to hang onto a  “crutch”  like Jesus.     So,  they inwardly despise everyone  who puts their faith  in the Lord Jesus.     Their contempt shows  in so many ways.

They will claim  that Christianity takes all the joy  out of life — that it denies  their value  in this world  and ties them down  to a bunch of rules.     Such talk shows  they don’t know much  about the Lord God  or  His children of faith  down through the years.

God’s children are not sissies.     Many fought great battles — like Joshua,  Gideon,  and David.     Many faced death-defying situations — like Daniel  in the lions’ den,  Noah during the flood,  Shadrach,  Meshach  and Abednego  in the fiery furnace,  and Paul  during all the times he was beaten  and stoned.     That is like the tortures  many of today’s Christians  face in various places  around the world.     So,  Christianity is not for sissies.

Christians are of the greatest value  in this world,  as they live  in the freedom  given through faith in Jesus Christ.     Romans 8:15-17  proclaims to all Christians,

For you have not received  a spirit of slavery  leading to fear again,  but you have received  a spirit of adoption  as sons  by which we cry out,  “Abba!     Father!”

The Spirit Himself  bears witness with our spirit  that we are children of God,  and if children,  heirs also,  heirs of God  and fellow-heirs  with Christ,  if indeed  we suffer with Him  in order that we may also  be glorified with Him.

The greatest value placed  on any human being  is becoming a child  of God Almighty.     The world cannot claim  anything like that.     A child of God is free   from everything  that enslaves people  to the pettiness  of this dying world.     Sure,  Christians suffer as they stand up  for the truths of God,  but we are heirs  of God,  headed for our heavenly home.     When we are glorified  with Christ,  that reward  will far out weigh  any and all  of the hardships faced on earth.

After Israel was freed from Egyptian slavery  and had to wander  through the deserts  for forty years  learning all sorts of lessons of faith — it was time  for Moses to die.     Before he died,  Moses gave a blessing  to each of the twelve tribes  of Israel.     Then he reminded Israel  in Deuteronomy 33:29,

Blessed are you,  O Israel;    
Who is like you,  a people  saved  by the LORD.

Yes, indeed,  dear Christian.     You are most blessed  by the love  and salvation  freely given us  in Jesus Christ.     “Who is like you?”     You are beloved.     You,  of all the people  on this earth,  are  “a people  saved by the LORD”.     We are saved  for all eternity.     Nothing can bring more joy than that.

Rejoicing  that we are saved  through Jesus Christ  for all eternity,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  the most wondrous reality  is our home  in heaven.     Thank You  for claiming us  as Your dear children  and saving us  from all our sins.”

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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