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Regard the Patience of Our Lord

July 14, 2017

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Regard the Patience of Our Lord

We know how it is  with our kids  —  give them an inch  and they’ll  take a mile.     And we know  that although we’re supposed  to be adults,  we are the same.     When God gives us  an inch  of patience  with our sins,  we dare  to stretch out  our sins  for a mile.     That’s disrespectful  and unloving.

That’s why verses  like 2 Peter 3:15  advise us to,

Regard the patience  of our Lord  as salvation.

We really need  God’s love  and patience  to safely guide us through this sin-torn world.     That’s why  we must be careful  to not become haughty  and arrogant  when we are not immediately punished  for our sinful ways.     We are not  to try  and take advantage  of our Savior’s loving patience  in guiding us  to “salvation”.

Every time  God gives us an inch,  we need  to realize  that He is giving us  another chance  for eternal  “salvation”.     So,  which is worth more  —  a sneaking chance  to wallow  in our favorite sins  for another moment,   or the blessedness  of being safely  at home  in heaven  forever  and ever?     We know  the honest answer  to that.

If we’re in any doubt  and hope  that God won’t see us sinning,  we need  to think on verses  like Psalm 28:5,

Because  they  do not regard  the works  of the LORD
Nor the deeds  of His hands,
He will tear them down  and not build them up.

To have “regard” is to have respect  and affection.     We are not  to have any sort  of affection  for sins  —  or imagine that our sins need  to be respected  by others.     Our eternal salvation  is at stake,  so Romans 13:14 tells us,

But  put on  the Lord Jesus Christ,  and make no provision  for the flesh  in regard  to its lusts.

So,  we keep putting  our whole lives  in God’s hands  and lean on His love  and understanding,  saying,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for Your patience  and for strengthening us  in Your word.”

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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Feeling Rejected

July 13, 2017

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Feeling Rejected

In Luke chapter 10,  Jesus sent out seventy disciples  ahead of Him  to preach  to every place  where He would soon be going to preach.     It was their job  to prepare the hearts  of the people  to listen  to the gospel  Jesus preached.

We all need  to prepare our hearts  —  every days  of our lives  —  to listen deep down  to what Jesus is teaching us  in His word.     Our eternal lives  depend on it.     Since God made us,  He knows exactly  what our hearts  are like.     He knows we’re “busy”  and need  to set time aside  for listening  in all seriousness.     God also knows  that our sinful nature  often does not want  to listen  unless there’s something  that draws its attention.

As the seventy disciples  were sent out,  Jesus instructed them  as to how their behavior  and preaching  should be.     They were carrying  God’s word  to the people  —  not their own opinions.     They were not out  to earn anything  — just to share  what Jesus had taught them  about salvation  for all.

They were not  to push their message  on anyone.     If the people did not want  to listen  to their preaching,  the results would be  between that town  and God  on their judgment day.

So,  Jesus concluded  His instructions  in Luke 10:16,

The one who listens  to you  listens to Me,  and the one  who rejects you  rejects Me;  and he who rejects Me  rejects the One  who sent Me.

Those instructions hold true  for every Christian today,  who shares  only the word  of God  with those who need  to be strengthened  in the truths  about our salvation  that are only  in Christ Jesus.

As Christians try  to share God’s words  of salvation  and judgment,  they will surely find times  when they are totally rejected.     That really hurts.     The gospel message  is shared  in a real love  and a deep concern  for the eternal salvation  of everyone  being spoken to.     But,  it’s love rejected.

The Christian might be tempted  to feel dejected  —  thinking only  that the listener  is rejecting them  as a person.     That’s probably true  to a point.     But,  surprisingly,  Jesus shows  that the rejection  is much deeper  than that.     It is a rejection  of Jesus  as our Savior  and, ultimately,  a rejection  of God the Father  —  our Creator.

Of course,  the Christian  will always feel sad  over those who prefer  their own “ways”  over God’s ways.     Yes,  it will constantly  be a weight  on their hearts  that some are rejecting  the love  of their Savior  —  preferring to create  their own ideas  of what God  “should” be like  and how God “should”  accept their rejection  of Him  without giving any consequences  —  as if mere humans  are qualified  to tell God anything.

Jesus told the seventy disciples  to just leave them alone  —  with the warning  of an eternal judgment  coming their way,  if they don’t change.

Jesus also gave  some wonderfully promising words  for absolutely every one  who turns  to Him  as they recognize  the eternal free gift we have  in our Savior.     He says in John 6:37,

All that the Father gives Me  shall come  to Me;  and the one  who comes  to Me  I will certainly not  cast out.

There is always an open invitation  and wide open arms extended  to all  —  if perhaps  they would change their ways  and accept the love  of their heavenly Father.     It’s just  as the story  of the prodigal son.     His father rejoiced  so much  at his return,  he just had to give  a great big party.     God’s love  is that great  and that faithful.

So, God  —  and all God’s children  —  and even the angels  in heaven  —  will rejoice  over every one  who returns  to their Creator  and Savior.

If therefore  the Son  shall make you free,  you shall be free  indeed.       John 8:36

And when we are free,  we will humbly say,  “Hallelujah!     God’s love  is faithful,  even to me.”

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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Great, Greater, Greatest

July 12, 2017

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Great, Greater, Greatest

As John the Baptist sat  in jail,  awaiting his beheading,  Jesus had something special  to say  about him.     Jesus said people went to see  and hear  John the Baptist  because it was obvious  —  from his preaching  and life style  —  that he was a prophet.

Then,  Jesus told the people something  we should all think about  —  2000 years later.     In Luke 7:28-30,  Jesus said,

I say to you,  among those born of women,  there is no one greater  than John;  yet  he who is least  in the kingdom of God  is greater  than he.”

And when all the people  and the tax-gatherers  heard this,  they acknowledged God’s justice,  having been baptized  with the baptism  of John.

But the Pharisees  and the lawyers  rejected God’s purpose  for themselves,  not having been baptized  by John.

How can John be considered  the greatest ever born,  and yet,  whoever is “least” in the kingdom  of God  is actually greater  than John the Baptist?

John the Baptist  was considered the greatest  because he was filled  with the Holy Spirit,  even before  he was born.     In Luke 1:15-17,  before John’s mother  became pregnant  with him,  an angel explains  to Zacharias (John’s father)  what John would be like.     The angel says,

“For he will be great  in the sight  of the Lord,  and he will drink  no wine  or liquor;  and he will be filled  with the Holy Spirit,  while yet  in his mother’s womb.

“And he will turn back many  of the sons  of Israel  to the Lord their God.

“And it is he  who will go  as a forerunner  before Him  in the spirit  and power  of Elijah,  to turn the hearts  of the fathers  back to the children,  and the disobedient  to the attitude  of the righteous;  so as to make ready  a people prepared  for the Lord.”

No wonder John is considered the greatest.     God filled him with the Holy Spirit before he was born.     God made him into a great preacher.     When John preached repentance,  the disobedient people  were convicted  of their sins.     They knew  for sure  they had better change their ways  before their judgment day  would come.

Many went out  into the desert  to hear John preach  about the coming Savior,  their need to straighten out  their lives,  and their need  to get ready  to meet the promised Savior .

As many repented,  they had John baptize them  as a sign  that they would change  their lives around.

But,  how is it  that the “least” in the kingdom of God  ends up  being “greater” than John?     The “least” are the gross sinners.     They were “least”  because they had been prostitutes,  cheaters,  liars,  greedy,  selfish,  adulterers,  etc.

They became the “greatest”  because they literally changed  their whole lives around.     In repentance  and reverence  for the love of God  extended to them,  they stopped living  in their sins.

These people  had been like the scum  of the earth  and they made this huge leap  of faith.     They realized  the condemnation  of their sins.     They believed  God would,  indeed,  forgive all their sins  when they repented.     They went  from not trusting God  —  to deeply trusting  and loving God.

Because John the Baptist  was filled  with the Holy Spirit  all his life,  he never had to make  that sort  of huge leap  of faith.     John totally dedicated his life  to God,  but faith  came more naturally  to him.

The religious leaders refused  to admit  that they were sinners.     They didn’t want  to lower themselves  in anyone’s eyes.     So,  they refused  to repent,  although they,  too,  were adulterers,  cheaters,  etc.

In other words,  their pride  kept them from becoming great  in God’s eyes.     They chose  to not be a part  of God’s kingdom  by their refusal  to repent  and change their lifestyle.

So,  what’s our standing  in God’s kingdom?     Will God call us  “greater than John”  because of our repentance.     Or,  will our pride  keep us  from ever becoming  a part  of God’s kingdom?     God’s purpose  for us all  is that we turn  to Him  in repentance.

When we humbly  ditch our pride,  repent before our Lord,  and change our way  of living,  we will be free  from the chains  of pride  and gladly sing,  “Hallelujah!     God’s love  has set me free.”

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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They Deceived Him

July 11, 2017

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They Deceived Him

We are sinners  from birth.     But,  that is no excuse  for wallowing  in our sins  and sinisterly enjoying them,  as we love to tear others down.     That’s how many act  towards God.     They greedily want  all the goodies  from God  —  and will pretend  to be true  to God  in order  to get  those benefits  —  but,  their hearts  have no honest love  for God  or His ways.

God gives us  an example  of this  in the Israelites  as the LORD cared for them  in their travels  to the Promised Land.     In the desert,  they had various needs  for food  and water.     Instead of humbly asking  and trusting God  to provide  for their needs,  they would bitterly complain.     God would care  for their needs  and they would be satisfied  —  but would soon forget  that they needed  to keep on  humbly  and thankfully depending  on the LORD  for all their needs.

Their hearts  would soon  think only  of themselves  again.     They forgot about  all that God  had done  in the past  to care  for them.     They realized  that God was their Rock  and Redeemer,  but they didn’t want  to honor that truth  or live by it.     So,  Psalm 78:36  says,

But they deceived Him  with their mouth
And lied  to Him  with their tongue.

A pretentious “thank You”  to the LORD  does not go unnoticed.     God is more than compassionate  and forgiving  towards us all.     He restrains  His anger  towards people,  as He remembers  that we are  but sinful flesh.     But,  God’s love and patience  need to be appreciated  as we keep on giving Him thanks  and praise  for all  that He does  for us.

God knows  our every thought,  intent,  and feeling.     He knows  when we are trying  to deceive Him  or others  in order to selfishly  get more  for ourselves.     Our deceitfulness  does not go unnoticed.     And,  God will  set the record straight  in the end.     In other words,  we need  to always consider  what is in the depths  of our hearts  —  and let God help us  to grow  in an honest faith,  hope,  and love.

With ever thankful hearts  towards God’s patient mercy,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for patiently guiding us  to our heavenly home.”

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

.

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

.

O 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

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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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Downright Offensive

July 10, 2017

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Downright Offensive

Christians have this “funny” thing  about them.     They love God  for tenderly loving them  and giving them eternal salvation  —  just because they have faith.     As the realization  of God’s love for them  convicts them  more and more,  they begin to love everyone  around them  —  realizing that all these people  are doomed forever,  if they finish out their lives  in unbelief  and sins  of all sorts.

In love,  the Christian feels an urgent need  to help others know  for sure  that they,  too,  can come  to enjoy the love  of God  and eternal life.     Nobody “has” to be lost eternally,  because God’s love extends  to absolutely all.

Then the problems start.     The Christian starts trying  to bring others  to a knowledge  of the salvation  they can have  in Christ alone.     What is the normal reaction  of most people?

It’s total rejection,  of course.     But why?     The Christian is doing  his/her best  to share a message  that is filled  with a miraculous love  and the offer  of the free gift  of salvation.     What’s wrong  with that?

In the “mind-set”  —  “heart-set”  —  of the world,  it’s downright offensive.     It’s offensive because  as we live  in this world,  we are always trying  to protect ourselves  from hurts  of any sort.     We’ve been hurt  so many times  in the past  with criticisms,  taunting,  others being more successful  at something,  etc.

In our self-preservation,  we build up a thick,  hard,  steely shield  of pride.     If we don’t “hold our heads up”  and “fight back”,  others will trample  all over us.     That hurts.     So,  we hold tightly  onto our pride  to protect ourselves.

This is where  the problem lies.

If one is to accept  this “free gift of salvation”,  that’s exactly the same  as admitting,  “Dear Lord,  I am a sinner!     I don’t deserve  Your love.     How can You love me  after all I’ve done?     My sins  are so filthy,  I deserve  to be in hell  —  but,  could You please save me  anyway,  like You’ve saved  so many others?”

Is there any pride  in that truthful admission?     Not when it’s sincere.

Pride cannot understand  how becoming humble  before the Creator  and Lord of all,  can possibly “save” a person.     Pride feels it must prove  its own worth  or else become worthless  in the eyes  of others.     Pride wants  to prove  that it’s a winner  because of its own efforts.     Pride insists  on working its way  to heaven.

In sadness  over our inherent pride,  in Matthew 18:3-6, Jesus called  a little child  to Himself  and said:

“Truly  I say to you,  unless you are converted  and become like children,  you shall not enter  the kingdom  of heaven.     Whoever then  humbles himself  as this child,  he is the greatest  in the kingdom  of heaven.

And whoever receives  one such child  in My name  receives Me;  but whoever causes one  of these little ones  who believe  in Me  to stumble,  it is better  for him  that a heavy millstone  be hung around his neck,  and that he be drowned  in the depth  of the sea.”

In these words  Jesus tenderly shows His love  for all those  who humble themselves  before Him  as a child,  and also His protective care  over His beloved children.

Let us rest  in God’s love  and entrust ourselves  to His care  as we share His love  and understand the dilemma  this world is in.

Then,  when someone humbly accepts salvation  in Jesus alone,  we can thankfully say,  “Hallelujah!     God’s love is great.”

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

.

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

.

O 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

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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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The Beginning of Wisdom

July 9, 2017

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The Beginning of Wisdom

We don’t need   to attend big universities  for years  to gain wisdom.      We don’t need  to become engrossed  in the many philosophies  of this world.      We don’t even need  to buy a bunch  of self-help books.      And,  neither do we need  to wait until  we get older.      We only need  to know  that we can go  to our Lord and Savior  every time  we need help  and guidance.      As Jesus said  in Matthew 18:3-4,

Unless you are converted  and become  like children,  you shall not enter  the kingdom  of heaven.      Whoever then  humbles himself  as this child,  he is the greatest  in the kingdom of heaven.

The wisdom we need  is the realization  that God is God  —  He always  has been God  —  and He always  will be God.     He alone  is the Creator  of all things,  the Sustainer,  and the Redeemer.      It is most unwise  to disregard  our Lord.     All that  is why  Psalm 111:10  reminds us  that,

The fear  of the LORD  is the beginning  of wisdom;
A good understanding  have all those  who do  His commandments.
His praise  endures forever.

The fear  of the LORD  is just  a common sense acknowledgment  that He alone  is LORD of lords  and God of gods.      It is the respect  that all  of creation needs  to give  to their Maker.      Why?      Because He is also  the Judge  of all  in the end.      The LORD  is the one  we all need  to answer to  when our days  on earth  are done.

Those who understand  that God made us  and truly redeemed us  in Jesus Christ  have the beginning of wisdom.     We lovingly do His commandments  because  we are  in awe  of how good,  loving,  and forgiving  our Savior is  towards us.      We see the difference  between good  and evil  —  and how wonderful it is  that our Redeemer  is so holy and good  in the salvation  He freely gives us.

The wisdom  of respecting  ( fearing )  the LORD,  as God and Savior  over all,  is what leads us  to trust  in all  of His ways.      We can trust God  because He has proven  His love  in Jesus.      So,  whenever we have  a challenge  that is too big for us  to handle,  we are comforted  with God’s words  in Proverbs 3:5-6,

Trust  in the LORD  with all your heart,
And do not lean  on your own  understanding.
In all your ways  acknowledge Him,
And He will  make your paths  straight.

So,  with childlike faith  and love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      LORD,  Your love and faithfulness  are great  far beyond words.      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.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

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

.

O 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

.

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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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Disastrous Drifting

July 8, 2017

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Disastrous Drifting

It happens time and again.     We’re driving somewhere  with good intentions  of getting there.     But,  the road is long  and soon we’re distracted.     Maybe we see something  of great interest  and take our eyes  off the road.     Before we realize it,  we’re in the ditch,  or have drifted  into the opposite lane  and have a fatal  head-on crash.

Another scenario might be  getting tired  at the wheel  and falling asleep.     The car drifts  off the highway,  often killing the driver  and passengers.

To drift  is to get off course,  being carried along  by winds,  currents,  or circumstances.     It’s drifting  with the circumstances  in our lives  that we’re concerned about.

Chapter 1  of the Epistle to the Hebrews  describes some prophecies  that prove  that Jesus is our Lord and Savior  who was promised  down through the ages.     Those prophecies are  set down  as just some  of the absolute proofs  that we must  pay attention to  —  if we want to reach  our heavenly home  and inherit salvation.

Then,  referring to all these proofs,  Hebrews 2:1 admonishes us,   “For this reason  we must pay  much closer attention  to what we have heard,  lest we drift away  from it.”

Here is our gift  of salvation  in Jesus Christ.     We have  all the proof  anyone needs  to be absolutely sure  that Jesus is God  come down  to this earth,  to suffer,  die,  and live again  to pay  for all our sins.     This is proof  that God’s word  speaks the truth.     And,  it is proof  that all the other religions  in the world  are false,  because they cannot prove themselves.

The writer of Hebrews wants  to shout out  to us,  “Pay attention!”     What he says is,  “We MUST pay MUCH closer attention…”

Here we’ve been drifting along  through life,  thinking only of…   making a living,…  finding a mate,….   having some recreation,….  taking care of daily chores,….  paying off the mortgage,….  raising a family…      Wake up!     There’s more to life  than that.

The living God has proven  He alone  is LORD and God  over all  —  and what He says  is what was  –  is  –  and will be.     When this God says  there will be a judgment day  for every one  of us,   there will be a judgment day.

This God has shown  in His word  warnings  and judgments  He has given  in the past.     It’s history.     What makes us think  we can just drift along  with the world  and escape the coming  promised judgment?

Hebrews 2:2-3 puts up  a big red flag  for us,  saying,   “For if the word spoken  through angels  proved unalterable,  and every transgression  and disobedience  received a just recompense,  how shall we escape  if we neglect  so great a salvation?”

How can we escape God’s judgment  for being so lackadaisical?     What sort of excuse  can we cook up?     Can we lamely claim  we did not know  there really was  a Savior?     Can we say  we have not sinned  all that much  and don’t deserve  any judgment?     Can we say,  “Well Lord,  I just didn’t have time.     I was so busy  making a living”?

Maybe some will accuse God  by saying,  “Well,  You didn’t give me enough proof  or warning,”  or,  “Your Word wasn’t clear enough,”  or,  “You mean hell is real?”

Many will probably claim  they didn’t think the Bible  was different  from any other religious scripture,  so they didn’t think  it was really  the only way  to heaven.     That excuse  will not fly  because the Bible  is the only scripture  that proves  its validity.

We need to wake up  and stop drifting  through this life.     Drifting  will bring  a certain eternal death.     It’s so easy  to just let ourselves go  through life  without thinking  about the danger we’re in.

Let’s get a grip  on our steering wheel  through life  –  the word of God.     Let God’s Word  steer us  through all the pitfalls,   dangerous curves,   bumpy roads,   and steep inclines of life.     Get onto the road  of Life  where we can have  the assurance  of God’s power  to lead us.

Drifting is so easy  because we don’t have to think  or put forth  any efforts.

But, as we hold onto God’s Word,  our steering wheel,  we need to think  about what it is  we have  in our hands  and put forth the effort  to hold onto  God’s eternal truth.     We need to go through the effort it takes  to study it  and use it  as our guide through life.

A steering wheel  is of no value to us  unless we use it.     Let God’s Word  steer us away from the pitfalls  of sin,   the dangerous curves  of worldly influences,  the bumpy roads  of trials,  and the steep inclines  of challenges  to remain true  to the LORD alone.

When we pay attention  to the truths  in God’s Word  and let it steer us away  from sin,  we shall escape the dangers  of drifting  and finally reach  our heavenly home.

As we use God’s Word  to steer us through life,  we will be able to say,   “Hallelujah!     The LORD’s road  is right  and good.”

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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