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Our God Is a Consuming Fire

May 9, 2019

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Our God Is a Consuming Fire

Sometimes our lives seem  to be just “Trouble, trouble, trouble — Worry, worry, worry.”     In these times it is vital  that we turn  to the Lord  for the comfort and help we need.     We need the assurance  of God’s love  and we need to see the truth  of God’s love and care  throughout our entire lives.

Nevertheless,  some people like  to pick and choose love passages  from God’s word,  totally ignoring everything else  the Bible tells us.     To know God’s love is absolutely essential.     But,  the Lord is also holy,  righteous,  and just.     We cannot dwell only  on God’s love for us  and slyly think  we can get away  with murder  because God loves us.     It does not work  that way.     Such thinking is a mockery  of the Lord’s holiness  that will bring sure judgment.

The writer of Hebrews had these sorts of things  on his mind  as he wrote.     He spoke about the grace and mercy  of God  right along with explaining  how all of that is shown  in Jesus’ suffering and death  for us.     God has provided us wretched sinners  with a most marvelous gift  of salvation  that we had better not dare  to despise.     If,  after seeing all  that God has done for us  in Jesus Christ,  we dare  to refuse Christ  as our one and only Savior,  we are setting ourselves up  for a severe judgment  from our loving God.

With Jesus as our Savior,  we receive the kingdom of heaven  as our eternal home.     There is absolutely nothing better than that — and we can’t do anything  to deserve it  or earn it.     That is why we need  to have faithful and thankful hearts  that live  to God’s glory.     God’s love is filled  with great mercy  towards us  in our sinful condition.     That mercy needs  to be respected.     We need  to realize  that as perfectly loving as He is,  God is also the final Judge  of all things.

In His holiness,  God is love — but He is also perfectly just.     God’s holy love justifies us  through faith  in Jesus,  but it also condemns everyone  who refuses  to believe  in Jesus as our Savior.     That is why the writer of Hebrews says  in Hebrews 12:28-28,

Therefore,  since we receive a kingdom  which cannot be shaken,  let us show gratitude,  by which we may offer  to God  an acceptable service  with reverence  and awe;  for our God is  a consuming fire.

Unbelief brings God’s severe judgment — and rightly so.     Since God has proven His power and love  in keeping all the prophesies  for a Savior,  we dare not call Him  a liar   with our arrogant unbelief.     The least we can do is meditate  on God’s word  to us,  so that we can see and understand all  that He has done  on our behalf.     We also need  to confess our sins  and pray  that our Savior would forgive us  and strengthen us  in the true faith.     We need  to let God work  in our hearts,  as He desires.

Then we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  help us to see and understand  that Your holiness means  that Your love is as perfect as is Your righteousness and justness.    Let all  of our thankful living  keep You foremost  in our ways  to Your glory.”

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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