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We Are His Workmanship

May 14, 2018

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We Are His Workmanship

The apostle Paul was held in amazement  at what God was able to do  in his life  and in the lives  of so many others.     Paul was changed  from a murderous zealot  to a compassionate lover  of the souls  of all of God’s children.     And,  as Paul preached the gospel,  he saw  how God also changed the lives  of many others.

In Ephesians chapter 2, Paul talks about the changes  God makes  in our lives.     To begin with,  Paul describes the situation  each and every one of us  is in.    He says  in Ephesians 2:1-2,

And you were dead  in your trespasses  and sins,  in which you formerly walked  according to the course  of this world,  according to the prince  of the power of the air,  of the spirit  that is now working  in the sons of disobedience.

Everybody  without God in their hearts  is dead  in trespasses and sins.     We have all lived  in rebellion  against our Creator and Redeemer.     Every single one of us  has been dead and helpless  in our sinful tendencies.     We simply don’t have the power within us  to want to do everything  that God wants us  to do.

Our inability  to even want  to obey God  shows just how dead we are.     And our desire  to keep on boldly sinning — to keep on doing everything  that will bring us  to eternal destruction  —  shows even more  the awful depth  of our depravity.     We are helplessly caught  in our sin  and cannot get away from it  by our own will power.

Then,  with wonder,  Paul describes  how God’s love sees  our hell-bent situation.     Paul gladly reveals  in Ephesians 2:4-6,

But God,  being rich in mercy,  because of His great love with which He loved us,  even when we were dead  in our transgressions,  made us alive together  with Christ  ( by grace you have been saved ),  and raised us up  with Him,  and seated us  with Him  in the heavenly places,  in Christ Jesus…

God loves us,  even though we live  in rebellion.     God does not tell us  to save ourselves  from sliding down  into eternal damnation.     He knows  that is impossible.     That’s where God’s mercy  steps in.      So,  Paul further explains in Ephesians 2:8-9,

For by grace  you have been saved  through faith;  and that not of yourselves,  it is the gift  of God;  not as a result  of works,  that no one should boast.

Here is the holy,  God Almighty  stooping down to meet us  right where we are  in our sins,  and lovingly asking us  to just put our faith  in Him  —  in the merits  of Jesus’ death and resurrection.     He is like a loving father  picking up his bawling child,  who fell  into a slippery mud puddle.     The father gently tells his little one  that all will be okay.     Daddy will get him  all cleaned up.     That is love.

Next Paul tells us more  about God’s will  for us.     In Ephesians 2:10,  he reasons,

For we are His workmanship,  created in Christ Jesus  for good works,  which God prepared beforehand,  that we should walk  in them.

We are created by God  —  but,  when we put our faith  in His redemptive love and salvation  in Christ,  we become even more than what we were before.     We become  God’s special workmanship.     By faith,  God prepares our hearts and souls  to desire  to be just like our heavenly Father.     We see God’s wondrous love  in sending Jesus  to pay  for all our sins.     We want a beautiful love  just like that  in our lives.

God is love  and He wants His dear children  to share that love  with others.     That love lives  in the truths  of God’s whole being.     That is why  we can be confident  in doing everything  that is good and right  in God’s eyes.     We don’t have to be afraid  of what other people think.     God Almighty  is our heavenly Father.     Therefore,  we can confidently stand up  for the truth  —  we can confidently do good  to those who despitefully use us  —  we can confidently share the gospel truths  —  we can confidently allow God  to guide our living.

After all,  we are now children  of the King.

Knowing what God has made us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  in the beauty  of Your love,  You want me  to live  in purity and a love  like Yours.     Complete Your workmanship  in me  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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Be Exalted

May 13, 2018

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Be Exalted

There is a great temptation  to “clam up” and say nothing  when a person’s faith  is challenged.     If one is in a college science class  where evolution is being taught,  those students who speak up  for God as our Creator  are very likely going  to be demeaned  by the professor  in front of the whole class — and be given a lower grade,  which might jeopardize their opportunities  for a scholarship.     Those students  who fear the professor’s opinion  just give the “answers” he is expecting them  to give.

In some college writing classes  where one is required  to list references  for one’s opinion,  it is totally permissible  for the writer  to use references pertaining to witchcraft,  atheism,  and other world religions — but,  one is not allowed  to use the Bible as a reference  for any opinion  nor the work  of any famous Christian theologian.    (I say this from personal experience.)     There again,  in fear of the professor,  most students do not refer  to anything  in their Christian faith.

If one is on a job  where homosexuals also work,  one is expected  to say nothing contrary  to homosexuality,  even when directly asked  or when harassed  because they know  you are a Christian.     The slightest hint  of being politically incorrect  will cost one’s job.     In other words,  they are allowed  to discriminate against Christian principles,  but a Christian  is not allowed  to say anything  that can be construed as discriminatory.

When some Christians have a non-Christian friend,  who is highly opinionated  and expresses their opinion  with defiance,  that Christian might tend  to just avoid  all sensitive subjects  in an effort  to get along.     People can even have a fear  of their “friend”.

When Christians are pro-life  and take a stand for life,  they are amazed  at the vehement lashing out  of hateful words  from those who are pro-abortion.      There is no effort  from the pro-abortionists  to listen.     So,  Christians often don’t mention this topic  when they know  they are in the presence  of a pro-abortionist.     There is a fear  of man’s opinion.

Many such examples could be given,  where there is fear  of another person’s reaction.     But,  the Bible has something  to say about this age-old problem.     Proverbs 29:25 says,

The fear  of man  brings a snare,    
But he who trusts  in the LORD  will be exalted.

Fearing mankind’s worldly opinion  will eventually bring a snare — big time trouble.     It’s saying  if we don’t stand up  for what is right  from the very beginning,  we’re going  to get trapped  by our fear.     We don’t know just what that trap will be  ( It depends on the situation. ), but being trapped  is not a good thing.

How can we keep  from being trapped  in a snare?     We are to “trust  in the LORD”.     We are to trust the LORD  in each and every situation  while doing what is right and good  in God’s eyes.     We trust  in the LORD  because we have a much greater respect and reverence  for Him  than we do for the opinion  of a mere man,  whose life is short.

We trust in the LORD  because He is obviously  much more powerful  than any man ever dreamt of being.     We trust  in the LORD  because He has proven His love for us  in Jesus Christ.     We trust  in the LORD  because He alone  holds our whole future  in His hands.

God promises  that everyone who trusts  in Him “will be exalted” .      That exaltation may not be obvious  until we reach heaven,  as in the case  of many martyrs  over the years,  but it will be worth  so much more  than any earthly thing  we can imagine.     We need  to weigh the eternal values  between cowering before a man’s opinion  and standing high  for God’s ways.

Let us stand high  for our Lord  because we will then “be exalted”,  and His love  is worth it.     Trusting in our LORD,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord, Your ways  are good and right — and eternal.     And,  your love  in Jesus Christ  strengthens me  to live for You.”

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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Had It Not Been the LORD

May 12, 2018

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Had It Not Been the LORD

Things happen in life — scary things,  bad things,  downright disastrous things.     And by ourselves  we cannot escape.     There can be near death  in a car accident,  escape from a fire,  near drowning,  someone trying to destroy our life,  reputation,  or livelihood — the list of scary things could go on.     And we’ve all had narrow misses.

In all these times,  we can sing  with King David,  who had many more narrow escapes  than we have.     Regarding his narrow escapes,  David sang Psalm 124.     It reads,

Had it not been the LORD  who was on our side,”    
Let Israel now say,    
Had it not been the LORD  who was on our side,    
When men rose up  against us;    
Then they would have swallowed us alive,    
When their anger  was kindled against us;    
Then the waters  would have engulfed us,    
The stream  would have swept  over our soul;    
Then the raging waters  would have swept  over our soul.”
    

Blessed be the LORD,    
Who has not given us  to be torn  by their teeth.    
Our soul has escaped  as a bird  out of the snare  of the trapper;    
The snare is broken  and we have escaped.    
Our help  is in the name  of the LORD,    
Who made heaven  and earth.

When we turn our hearts  to the LORD,  He is always ready  to help.     Let us always turn  to Him  the way David did.    It does not matter  what sort of problem we are facing,  only the LORD  is able to help.     We need to remember that  and act accordingly — because God wants us to.    And,  because we have no other honest recourse.

And,  let us always encourage others  to turn  to the LORD  for the help they need — just as David encouraged  all Israel  to turn to the LORD  and to bless His name.

In our turning  to the LORD,  we do need  to always give Him the thanks  and blessing due  to His faithful love  and salvation  in Christ Jesus.     Our Lord longs  to help us  and wants us  to realize and acknowledge  that He alone  is the only One  that can really help.

With ever thankful hearts,  we trust  in God’s faithfulness  and say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD, Your love  is always true  and everlasting.     Let us always turn  to You  in our every need — as is only good and right.     Blessed be Your name.”

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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Compared to a Wise Man

May 11, 2018

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Compared to a Wise Man

A wise man thinks  about what he does,  why he does it,  and how he should do something  in the future.     We all know people  who are always  in hot water  because they don’t think  before they act — but then,  haven’t we all done that  at times.    Nevertheless,  it is a lot more satisfying and comforting  to know  that we are being wise  in whatever we do.

The Bible is full  of helpful pointers  on being wise  in this world.     In Matthew 7:24-25,  Jesus makes a very important point  about a truly wise man.     He says,

Therefore  every one who hears these words  of Mine,  and acts  upon them,  may be compared  to a wise man,  who built his house  upon the rock.     And the rain descended,  and the floods came,  and the winds blew,  and burst against that house;  and yet it did not fall,  for it had been founded  upon the rock.

Most people get to hear something  about the gospel message  at some time  in their life.     They might not quite understand it  in the beginning,  but if they are wise,  they will thoroughly check things out  to see  if this just might be the answer  to all that bothers their conscience.

And  if they continue  to act wisely,  upon seeing all the proofs  of God’s word presented  in the Bible,  they will put their faith  in Jesus Christ — our Rock and our sure Defense.     That will be  when they are building their house  on the Rock.     Their whole life  will become grounded  in the redemptive work  of Jesus Christ,  as they allow their lives  to be built in faith,  hope,  and love.

Then,  when the storms of life come,  there will be mockings,  hateful words  from the world,  tragedies of all sorts,  and losses  of various sorts.     These trials  will come upon the wise man’s faith  like torrential rains,  floods,  and winds.     It will be a most troublesome time.

But,  the wise man’s house  of faith  will stand strong  because it is built  upon the rock of Christ — the LORD of lords,   King of kings,  God of gods,  the Almighty,  our Creator  and Redeemer.     The wise man can rest  in the arms  of the Lord of all,  being assured  that God will carry him through  all those troubles  and bring him safely home  in heaven.

With all this  in mind,  Ecclesiastes 12:1 tells us,

Remember also your Creator  in the days of your youth,  before the evil days come  and the years draw near  when you will say,  “I have no delight  in them”.

No matter how much this world despises the Lord  and His children,  let us all be wise now  and remember  that everything in this world  will come to an end — us included.     When the end comes,  our judgment is just between us  and our Redeemer.

Will we have been wise enough  to build our house  upon the Rock of Christ?

As we build our house  of faith  by studying God’s word  and remembering the promises we find there,  we say,   “Hallelujah!     My Lord!     When I abide  in Your word,  You are building my faith  for me  on the Rock of Jesus Christ!     Thank You!”

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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Spiritual Thoughts with Spiritual Words

May 10, 2018

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Spiritual Thoughts with Spiritual Words

With all the influences  of today’s media  and our ability  to travel around the world  and meet people  in all cultures,  we are bombarded daily  with ideas — with words,   big words,  new words,  powerful words,  words with shades of meaning.     We can become overwhelmed  with the seeming possibilities  of all the new ideas people present  to convince us  of their authority.

God’s children have had  to face the words  of all sorts of unbelievers  down through the ages.     The words  of the unbelievers  often seem quite daunting.     The unbeliever will use big,  challenging words  to intimidate those  who trust in God.     With powerful words  they will make false accusations  against the truth  that we are saved by faith alone  in Jesus Christ.

Unbelievers will mockingly sneer  at a Christian  and claim  that they are weak and stupid  for thinking  that they can actually believe  that Jesus takes away  all our sins.     They will call our faith  just sheer laziness  and irresponsibility  on our part — saying that we cannot make anyone else  carry the burden  of our sins — that we need  to be responsible  for our own sins.

Those sorts of words  can make a Christian wonder  about the validity  of their faith,  just as they made the early Corinthian church wonder.     So,  Paul wrote  in 1 Corinthians 2:12-13,

Now we have received,  not the spirit  of the world,  but the Spirit  who is from God,  that we might know the things  freely given to us  by God,  which things  we also speak,  not in words taught  by human wisdom,  but in those taught  by the Spirit,  combining spiritual thoughts  with spiritual words.

Paul and the apostles  did not use big,  philosophical words  to try and bamboozle the people  into believing  in the saving power  of Christ Jesus.    Instead,  they used “spiritual thoughts  with spiritual words”.     In other words,  the spiritual words they used were references  to all of God’s spiritual promises  throughout the Old Testament  to show what God said years ago  about the coming  of our Savior.     Then,  as they showed  how Jesus was a fulfillment  of all the Old Testament prophecies,  they were presenting more spiritual words  showing God’s power  in fulfilling prophecy. 

The “spiritual words” they presented  were proof  of God’s power — proof that Jesus actually does  take away all  of our sins  through faith  in His name.     Jesus truly is the way,  and the truth,  and the life.”  (John 14:6)     Jesus is proof  that God kept His promises  in great detail.

Yes,  those words are so simple  that even a child can come to faith  in Jesus.     Such is God’s love  for all those  who seek Him.     He wants us  to understand the salvation  He freely gives to us  in Jesus.     Only the foolish  will refuse to acknowledge  all the proofs given us  throughout the Bible.     

Therefore,  Jesus tells all of us  in Luke 18:17,

Truly I say to you,  whoever does not receive  the kingdom of God  like a child  shall not enter it  at all.

As little children enter the kingdom  of God,  let us enter with them,  confident in God’s words  of promise,  and heeding Paul’s words  in Ephesians 5:6,

Let no one deceive you  with empty words,  for because of these things  the wrath of God comes  upon the sons of disobedience.

As we rejoice  in God’s promises  to us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your promises  are proven and sure.     Let us always stand firm in them  in love and obedience.”

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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I Wish I Had Faith

May 9, 2018

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I Wish I Had Faith

“I wish I had faith.”      That’s what many have said.     They wonder  how a Christian can believe so strongly  in something they can’t  “see”.     They claim “seeing is believing”  and that they have not seen  God answer their prayers.

It becomes evident  that they assume  that God is like a genie,  who will grant one’s every earthly wish.     But,  as one reads God’s word,  we see  that God is nothing  like the mythological genie.     In the Bible  one will see  that God is the Creator  of all things — that man fell into sin  and God promised a Savior — that God gave many details  about the Savior  through many different prophets  over many years — that God caused every one  of those prophecies  to come true  in the one man,  Jesus Christ — that Jesus suffered,  died,  and was resurrected  to pay  for all our sins — and that God forgives  the sins of every one  who trusts  in His work  through Jesus Christ  to bring eternal salvation  to all who believe.     And last,  but not least,  we see  that God is the final Judge  of everyone — and can judge fairly  because He alone knows  our every thought,  action,  and intention.

God’s most important blessings  are spiritual.     He alone  can cause us  to see the truths  in His word.     He alone can cause us  to grow  in faith.    He alone  can give us strength  to face and overcome  all sorts of trials and temptations.    He alone  can lead us  to eternal salvation  through faith  in the blood of Jesus Christ.     God alone can give us  all the glories  of heaven  for all eternity.

So,  what are we looking for?     Do we want to believe  in a genie  that will give us  our every wish,  even though that earthly wish  will bring us great harm  or even keep us  from salvation?

Or,  do we want  to put our faith  in the Lord  who has faithfully loved us  and desires  to save us  for all eternity?     The God of the Bible seeks  our eternal good — not the fulfilling  of our every earthly whim.     So,  what God gives us  are the spiritual things  that open our eyes  to see the truths He presents  in His eternal word — the Bible.

God shows us  the grossness of our sins  so that we are enabled  to repent.     He shows us His love  in Jesus Christ  so that we are encouraged  to turn to Jesus  for forgiveness.     He shows us  that His word is eternal  by giving us historical evidence  of its truths  through archeological findings.     All the historical evidence proves  that God has kept all  of His promises  in Jesus,  so we can really be assured  of the forgiveness  of our sins.

This list could continue  at great length.     But,  the statement still remains — “I Wish I Had Faith.”      Then we need  to take to heart  Romans 10:17,

So faith comes  from hearing,  and hearing  by the word  of Christ.

We need  to listen  to God’s word  so that He may open our hearts  as He opened Lydia’s heart  in Acts 16:14,  through Paul’s preaching,

…and the Lord  opened her heart  to respond  to the things spoken  by Paul.

If Lydia had refused  to listen to God’s word,  she would have not come  to faith.     We also need to be like the people  in Berea,  who did more than listen.     They checked everything out  in the Scriptures,  as it says  in Acts 17:11,

…they received the word  with great eagerness,  examining the Scriptures daily,  to see  whether these things were so.

None of these people turned away  from the word  of God.     But,  even in their “turning to God”,  they still needed God  to open their hearts  to understand.    It is like  when Jesus’ disciples needed  to understand more  to really figure out  what God had done for them  in Jesus Christ.     When Jesus explained Scripture  to all His followers  just before He ascended into heaven,  it says  in Luke 24:45,

Then He opened their minds  to understand the Scriptures,  and He said  to them,  “Thus it is written,  that the Christ should suffer  and rise again  from the dead  the third day…

We come to understand  when God opens up our minds,  but we also need  to be willing  to listen  and we need  to pray  with David  in Psalm 51:10,

Create in me  a clean heart,  O God,   
And renew a steadfast spirit  within me.   
Do not cast me away  from Thy presence,   
And do not take Thy Holy Spirit  from me.

When we see the truths  of God’s word  and want Him  to bring us  to salvation,  He will.    It’s all God’s doing.     Then we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  to You belongs all the glory,  for You do all things  for me.”

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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I Will Never Desert You

May 8, 2018

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I Will Never Desert You

Life is life.     We all know of someone  who has deserted family  and friends.     Maybe we have even experienced  being deserted  in time of need.     It hurts  and cannot ever really be forgotten.

There really are some things  or people  one needs to desert — like a sinful life style  or an adulterous relationship.     There are tons  of Bible verses telling us,  commanding us,  warning us,  and even pleading with us  to desert everything and everyone  leading us away  from the LORD of lords  and His eternal truths.     So that just boils down  to facing the truth  in our life — like do we love obvious lies  more than we love the truth?     Will we mind  an eternity of hell  or not?     (That is asked  in all seriousness.)

What if we are  on the fast track  to hell?     How can we stop the train?     Is there any hope  for someone  who has lived under the evil influences  of this world — big time?     Will God reject us forever  because of our sin?     We need to know.

For that we can take to heart  the truth presented  in Romans 5:8,

But God demonstrates  His own love  toward us,  in that while we were yet sinners,  Christ died  for us.

Christ didn’t die  for us  after we became perfect  all by ourselves.     It’s impossible  for us to become perfect  by our own “goodness”.     We are born sinners  and cannot get away  from that truth.     Christ died  for us  “while we were yet sinners”,  so we know His love  is being extended to us  every time we hear the gospel.     God’s love  is still knocking  on our heart’s door.

So,  the question obviously is,  “Will we let Him in?”     God’s love  has not deserted us.     As a matter of fact,  God still is actively looking  to bring us  to salvation.     That eternal truth is pointed out  in Jesus’ parable  in Matthew 18:12-14,

What do you think?     If any man has a hundred sheep,  and one of them  has gone astray,  does he not leave  the ninety-nine on the mountains  and go and search  for the one  that is straying?

And if it turns out  that he finds it,  truly I say to you,  he rejoices over it  more than over the ninety-nine  which have not gone astray.

Thus  it is not the will  of your Father  who is in heaven  that one of these little ones perish.

That brings us God’s promise  contained in Hebrews 13:5-6,

He Himself has said,  “I will never desert you,  nor will I ever  forsake you,”  so that we confidently say,

“The LORD is my helper,  I will not be afraid.     What shall man do  to me?”

God will never desert us.     When it comes to choosing  between another man’s definition  of sin  and God’s definition  of sin,  we should not be afraid  of the opinion  of a mere person,  who will die  and have to face God’s judgment.     When we face the mockery  and insolence  of this world,  we don’t have to be afraid.     Whatever happens,  we are  in God’s hands.     His eternal truths  will stand firm.

Because of their faith  in God’s salvation,  many of the early Christians  suffered torture and death  in various ways.     In that suffering and death,  they did not deny  God’s love.     They had to watch  their children  being eaten by lions,  while they praised God  for saving them  from their sins.     How could they do that?     And they knew  they were the lion’s next meal.

Those early Christians knew  that this life  is as nothing  in all eternity.     It does not matter  what we suffer  in this life — if Jesus Christ  is Lord of our life.     Our suffering here  is like nothing  when compared  to an eternity of glory  with our Savior.     God did not desert  those early Christians  in their suffering.     He was with them,  strengthening their faith,  hope,  and love,  so that they could face  all the hatred spewed  out at them.

So,  what are we afraid of  as we face the politically correct people  of this world?     What are we afraid of  when someone mocks us  for not living  a sin-filled life style?     What are we afraid of  when someone despises us  for believing God’s word?     It is our Creator and Redeemer  who has promised us,  I will never desert you,  nor will I ever  forsake you.”

God cannot lie  ( Titus 1:2) and He has proven  His holiness.     God can be trusted — but mankind  cannot be trusted.     So,  let us rest  in God’s love and salvation,  boldly standing up  for the truth  and living in truth.     Then we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You are my victory  and my refuge  in all my temptations  and trials.     You have never deserted me.     Let me  never desert You.”

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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