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God Is Able from These Stones

June 1, 2019

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God Is Able from These Stones

I’ve always been interested in stones  and have a  “little”  collection  scattered throughout the house.     They are marvelous bits  of God’s creation  that should make us ask,  “If God put so much beauty and usefulness  into mere stones — how much hidden beauty and usefulness are  in mere people?”

In Job 28,  we read about how mankind mines the very depths  of the earth  to find the precious stones  God has hidden there.     In Revelation 21 we read about the twelve foundation stones  of the holy city,  Jerusalem.     They were:  jasper, sapphire, chalcedony, emerald, sardonyx, sardius, chrysolite, beryl, topaz, chrysoprase, jacinth, and amethyst.     Men labor long and hard  to dig deep down  for these treasures  of beauty.     God mines also for precious things,  but in a different way.

In Ezekiel 36:26,  God says to the people,

Moreover,  I will give you a new heart  and put a new spirit  within you;  and I will remove the heart of stone  from your flesh  and give you  a heart of flesh.

Then  1 Peter 2:5  tells us,

You also,  as living stones,  are being built up  as a  spiritual house  for a holy priesthood,  to offer up spiritual sacrifices  acceptable to God  through Jesus Christ.

So, yes.     We who have had hearts  as hard as stone  can turn to our Creator and Redeemer  and allow Him to make us  into a spiritual house  for a holy priesthood.     We don’t have to be doomed  to lives of sin and condemnation.     We can let God find us  and use us — making us into something beautiful  that will serve Him  in glory forever.

We might feel hopeless  and wonder how that is possible,  but all things are possible with God — nothing is impossible.     In Luke 19 the religious leaders were complaining because the people were singing high praises  to Jesus  as He rode into Jerusalem  on a colt.     They thought Jesus should rebuke the people  for praising Him.     But,  in Luke 19:40,  Jesus answered them,

I tell you,  if these become silent,  the stones  will cry out!

In other words,  Jesus is God  and all of His creation  will praise Him throughout all eternity.     Then,  in Luke 3,  when John the Baptist was preaching and baptizing,  he said  to those who were superstitiously wanting  to be baptized — just in case there was something  to this baptism thing —

Therefore  bring forth fruits  in keeping  with your repentance,  and do not begin to say  to yourselves,  ‘We have Abraham  for our father,’  for I say to you  that God is able  from these stones  to raise up children  to Abraham.

God is totally able  to raise up people  with a true faith  that makes them righteous,  just as Abraham had a faith  that made him righteous  in God’s eyes.     So,  when we go to God,  we need to go  in faith,  knowing that He truly is LORD and God over all things — and that there is no other Lord or God — never has been  and never will be.

This  “spiritual house”  is all God’s doing.     And,  it has a special Corner Stone that we must all be attached to — if we want to stand  in eternity.     This Corner Stone was hidden for years,  until, through many workings and prophecies,  God brought it forth  in Jesus Christ.     And so,  we read in Mark 12:10-11,

”The stone  which the builders rejected,    
This became the chief corner stone;    
This came about  from the LORD,    
And it is marvelous  in our eyes.”

Even today,  many reject Jesus  as the chief corner stone.     But,  they will never become a part  of God’s  “spiritual house”  that will last  through all eternity.

It is a serious thing  to not be right  with God.     But,  He is merciful  and we can ask Him  for “a clean heart and a right spirit”.     When God changes our stony hearts,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You have done all things well.     Make our hearts a part  of Your  spiritual house’  for all eternity.”

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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