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Who Or What Do You Fear?

January 14, 2017

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Who Or What Do You Fear?

So, what are you afraid of?      Wars,  natural disasters,  sickness,  poverty,  crime,  disagreements,  opinions,  godliness?      Fear  and even the lack of fear  are strong motivators  for our actions.

Sometimes  we let fears  cripple us  from doing  what is right  and good,  because we’re afraid  of what others will think  of us.      In other words,  the fear  of people  over rides our fear  of our Lord.      That isn’t sensible,  but is often how we are — a bit cowardly.

Then again,  when we should very well be afraid  of doing something wrong,  we lack the proper fear  of God’s punishment  and foolishly do  what is wrong.      What in the world is the matter  with us?

It’s sin.      We lack the faith  and backbone  to do what is right  in God’s eyes.      God’s word  gives us direction  in understanding the fears  we have to deal with  in this sinful world.

Psalm 36:1-3 describes what has happened  inside the person  who has no fear  of the Lord.      It says,

“Transgression speaks  to the ungodly  within his heart;  there is no fear of God  before his eyes.      For it flatters him in his own eyes  concerning the discovery  of his iniquity  and the hatred of it.      The words of his mouth  are wickedness  and deceit;  he has ceased  to be wise  and to do good.”

That person is in dire danger  of never being saved.      But,  before pointing a finger  at such wickedness,  sick as it is,  we need to examine  our every thought,  word,  and deed.

The very fact  that we all have a sinful nature  condemns us  in God’s eyes.      That is why  we all need  to fear the Lord.     He alone  has the power  to send us to hell  or grant us  the gift  of eternal life  in heaven.

When we do sin,  we’ve got to admit it  before God.      When the Israelites sinned  by demanding a king  other than the LORD,  they became very fearful  over the judgment  they deserved  for such sin.      But,  Samuel instructed them  in 1 Samuel 12:20,

“Do not fear.      You have committed  all this evil,  yet do not turn aside  from following the LORD,  but serve the LORD  with all your heart.”

Having sinned  is not a good reason  to stop following the LORD.      But,  it is exactly why  we need  to turn  to the LORD  with all our hearts  and to begin serving the LORD  in love,  a fearful respect,  and truth.      God is always ready  to forgive everyone  who turns back  to Him  in repentance.

Since we are so wishy-washy  and fearful  of all the wrong things  in life,  we need  to pray  with David  in Psalm 86:11,

“Teach me Your way,  O LORD;   I will walk  in Your truth.      Unite my heart  to fear Your name.”

If our heart becomes united  to fear the Lord only,  then all these other “things”  that tend make us fearful  will be taken care of  by our Savior.      We just need  to serve God  with a singleness  of heart.

That is why Psalm 25:14 says,

“The secret  of the LORD  is for those  who fear Him,  and He will make them know  His covenant.”

It’s comforting to remember Psalm 111:10,

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

It does make sense  to fear our JUDGE  above all things.

Solomon describes our situation  from another perspective  in Proverbs 1:7 stating,

“The fear  of the LORD  is the beginning  of knowledge;  fools despise wisdom  and instruction.”

When we’re afraid of what other people will think  when we are faithful  to God,  Solomon says  in Proverbs 29:25,

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

There’s just no getting around it.      Moses put it  in a nutshell  in Deuteronomy 10:12-13,

“Now, Israel,  what does the LORD your God require  from you,  but to fear the LORD  your God,  to walk  in all His ways  and love Him,  and to serve the LORD your God  with all your heart  and with all your soul,  and to keep the LORD’S commandments  and His statutes  which I am commanding you today  for your good?”

We fear God  for our own 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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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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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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Guard Your Heart

January 13, 2017

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Guard Your Heart

Above all else,  guard your heart,  for it is the wellspring  of life.   —   Proverbs 4:23

All day every day we all have thoughts about everything and everyone around us.     So what else is new?     We usually feel that our thoughts are simply our private concerns  and that they don’t matter, just so long as we end up saying and doing what is reasonably right in our own eyes.

But, our whole lives are built  on our thoughts.     Our every little thought  molds our character,  brick by brick,  day by day  until Judgment day  when we meet our eternal destiny.

If we tend  to have evil thoughts  of lust,  adultery,  nit-picking,  hate,  jealousy,  covetousness  or bitterness,  these thoughts will eventually destroy us.     Bit by bit  these evil thoughts  will solidify  into perceptions  that have absolutely no resemblance  to the truth,  though we will be unable  to realize that.     The drip, drip, dripping  of evil thoughts  will ultimately  wipe out any faith,  hope,  love  or peace  that we might have had  through Christ.

So,  if we don’t think  our fleeting thoughts matter,  we need  to think again.     Our whole future,  our eternal life,  is shaped by how  and what we think  day by day.   Yesterday’s thoughts  built the basis  for the words  that popped out  of our mouths  and hardened our hearts today.     Yesterday’s thoughts have formed  our immediate reactions  to the stressful events  of today.     And sometimes  that isn’t very pretty.

That is why Jesus testified,  in Matthew 12:34,

“You brood  of vipers,  how can you,  being evil,  speak what is good?     For the mouth speaks out  of that which fills  the heart.”

Our thoughts are what fill our hearts.     Wisely examine them.     Are they God pleasing?     Do they continually acknowledge  the love  and salvation  of God?     Or,  are these thoughts  solidifying our tendency  to have an evil,  degenerate character?

Here’s where our Savior  comes in.     He knows  our sinful hearts.     He knows  that our whole inclination  is sinful.   When Jesus suffered unjustly  at the hands  of sinful mankind  and gave His life  as a ransom  for all our sins,  it was like shouting out  of the very depths  His love  for us.

Did we hear that?

Jesus’ death is God shouting out, “I love you.     Yes,  you!   Believe in My love  for you  and let all your sins  be washed away  in the blood  of Christ.   Know  that you are loved  and be changed.     Accept My forgiving love  and let it change you.”

Acknowledging  and guarding the truth  that we are really loved,  forgiven  and saved by God  creates  and builds up  good thoughts  within us.     But  they are so much more than “good thoughts”.     They are honest praise.     They are responding love.     They are open thankfulness  for the beautiful truths  about God’s forgiveness  and salvation.    They are decent  and pure,  kind  and gentle,  trusting  and peaceful.

All this  is so well worth  guarding.     As we guard these  in this sinful world,  they will form our character  bit by bit,  brick by brick  into saved hearts  that glorify God.     The wondrous working  will be as Paul describes  in Philippians 4:7,

“The peace of God,  which surpasses all comprehension,  will guard your hearts  and your minds  in Christ Jesus.”

As we guard our hearts  and minds,  God’s peace  will be right there  guarding,  strengthening,  and helping us  —  leading us  to eternal life.

( I wrote this in June 2006 and it was posted on a website  that does not keep an online archive. )

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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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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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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Knowledge of God

January 12, 2017

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Knowledge of God

People haven’t changed.     Thousands of years ago,  the Israelites would worship heathen gods  —  and  —  the LORD God Almighty  —  maybe imagining  they had all their bases covered.     The heathen idols seemed  more relevant  and in touch with their human desires  —  but,  the LORD  had a history  of actual power  and righteousness.

Today,  people will acknowledge the LORD  —  and  —  join a cult  or new age movement  using heathen meditation practices.     They seem  to feel  that Christian prayer  and studying God’s word  are not satisfying enough.     In other words,  the LORD  in all His holiness  is rather boring.

They are sure  to continue giving  their offerings,   attending church services,  and taking part  in ‘tiresome’ church activities  because they imagine  that such sacrifices  of their money  and time  will gain them  God’s approval.     But,  God corrects them  in Hosea 6:6,  saying,

For I delight  in loyalty  rather than  sacrifice,
And in the knowledge  of God  rather than  burnt offerings.

Our “sacrifices”  of money,  time,  tons good works,  etc.  are useless  to God.     God does not want  or need such  “sacrifice”  and “burnt offerings”.      The things  from us  that “delight” God  are based  on the truth  of who He is  and who we are.     That is why God wants “loyalty”  from us  and a devotion  that acknowledges  that He alone is God,  our Creator  and Redeemer.     God wants us  to have a true faith,  hope,  and love  for all the right reasons  from a pure heart.

We are not bettering ourselves  with hearts  that want  ‘to earn our way’  with God,  and yet,  build up  our own egos.

So,  we need  to ask ourselves  about our  “knowledge of God”.     Do we realize  who the LORD God really is?     Do we realize His holiness  and love for us?     How has that affected  our lives?

Appreciative  of God’s faithful,  patient love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for keeping us  on the right track.”

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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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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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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Where the Good Way Is

January 11, 2017

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Where the Good Way Is

It’s wise  to learn  the best  “way”  to reach one’s destination.     So,  we check things out  ahead of time  and ask  for directions.     That’s better  than meeting up  with washed out roads,  detours,  potholes,  dead ends,  etc.

The same holds true  for our “walk”  through this life.     Jeremiah 6:16 says,

Thus says  the LORD,
“Stand by the ways  and see  and ask  for the ancient paths,
Where the good way is,  and walk  in it;
And you will find rest  for your souls.

Through Jeremiah,  God told the people  of Israel  to check out  all the wisdom  and righteousness  that their forefathers found  in following  the ways  of the LORD.     When their forefathers obeyed  and followed  the LORD’s word,  they received the blessings  of peace  and “rest  for your souls”.     And  —  when they disobeyed,  going their own ways,  they met up with all sorts  of disasters.

The idols  and heathen religious practices  they chose  to follow  gave them no real “rest”  for their “souls”.     Why?     Because those idols  and heathen practices  were falsehoods.     They had no power  to save anyone,  answer prayers,  or create anything.     They were nothing but myths  and hunks of wood,  metal,  or stone.

Anyone who chose  to believe such myths  and falsehoods  would be walking after emptiness.     There’s no sense  or fulfillment  in walking after lies  of any sort.     That’s just as true today  as it was thousands  of years ago.     Much of the Bible is a history book.     It’s authenticity  is supported  by other historical facts.     The guidance  the Bible gives us shows “where the good way is”.

We need to  “see  and ask  for the ancient paths”  that have proven themselves trustworthy.     We do that  by studying God’s word straight  from the Bible  —  not from anyone else’s opinion.     Then we will find “rest”  for our “souls”  and say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You for showing us  “the good way” home  with 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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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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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

.

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

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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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A Parable of Love

January 10, 2017

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A Parable of Love

A parable is an allegory,  as we see  in Luke 15:11-32.    It’s a story  that is told  to teach us  a lesson — a lesson  to be remembered — a lesson  to be applied — a truth  we might otherwise easily forget  in life.

Jesus told parables  because He wants us  to remember some very important facts  about our lives  in this world.     So when we read Jesus’ parables,  we look for the lesson  He is teaching.     The truth  Jesus wants us  to remember  could remain hidden from us,  if we don’t take the time  to seriously consider it  and take it  into our hearts.     This is God teaching us.

Jesus’ parable  of the prodigal son  in Luke 15 is known by many.     But,  amongst all those who “remember” the parable,  how many honestly realize  just how deeply  God loves them  and yearns  for their return  to Him?     Do we carry with us  that peace  and joy  of knowing  with certainty  that God Almighty loves us  in the midst  of all of our troubles  and cares?     Do we know for sure  that God will gladly forgive  absolutely all  of our sins  the very moment  we turn  to Him?     That is the point  Jesus made.

That is the lesson  we need  to hold close  to our hearts  and never forget.

We are all  like the prodigal son  in many ways.   We foolishly  and egoistically  waste all the gifts  God gives us.    We tend  to become arrogant  and think  we can do  as we please  with our gifts.     Our pride  and independence  make us stubbornly stay away  from God  just as long as we can.     We selfishly think more  of ourselves  than of God — not to mention  justifying those selfish thoughts.     We are lost prodigals.

It’s time  to go back  to the love  that is patiently  and faithfully waiting  for us.

It took quite a bit  of suffering  for the prodigal son  to remember his father’s  loving ways.     He had known  the love  of his father  for many years,  but had never cared  about it  or appreciated it  until he had to live  in the squalor  of the pig pen.

Our Lord  sends us daily lessons  that are meant  to draw us closer  to him  in prayer  and praise.     We all have daily mini-disasters  and come upon tragedies  of various sorts.     We might feel  that we have reached  the end  of our rope  and wonder if God loves us.

In this pig pen  of our life,  we need  to remember  our heavenly Father’s loving intent  to draw us near  to Him  in truth.

It would be foolish  to allow our pride  to keep us starving  in the pig pen.     When we turn  to our Lord,  He will embrace us  with great loving compassion  and rejoice  to have us back again,  where we belong.     Like the prodigal son,  we will be instantly  and totally forgiven  for every single sin.

The rejoicing father  made absolutely no stern warnings  that the prodigal son  would have to pay him back  for all that he had wasted.     None whatsoever.     But with love overflowing,  the father immediately gave him  the best robe,  sandals,  a ring,  and a huge celebration party.

What is Jesus teaching us  about God’s forgiveness  and love?     Can you believe it?     It’s the truth  we need  to remember.   It’s truth  for you  and me.

Every day we need  to turn  to our heavenly Father  with all our sins  and let Him forgivingly rejoice  over us.    The children of God  will always turn  to the Lord,  so that their joy  might also be full  as they rest  in the Lord.   Trust God’s promise.

Psalm 9:10   And those who know Your name  will put their trust  in You,  for You,  O LORD,  have not forsaken those  who seek You.

( I wrote this post  in August 2006  and it was posted on a website  that does not keep an online archive. )

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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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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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

.

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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**************

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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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Do You Not Listen to the Law?

January 9, 2017

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Do You Not Listen to the Law?

We run into problems  when we don’t really listen  —  in whatever the situation might be.     We end up doing wrong,  but want  to make excuses  and not have to  face the consequences  of our wrong.     So,  we do need  to pay attention  to all sorts  of instructions.

The very most important set  of instructions is  in God’s word.     We must pay attention  to all of it,  not just snippets.     When not  paying attention,  some imagine  that going to church is  all that is required  for eternal salvation.     They are trusting  in their own good behavior  to pass God’s final Judgment Day  and enter heaven.     They are not listening  to all  of God’s word.

Galatians 4:21  questions us,

Tell me,  you who want  to be under the law,  do you not listen  to the law?

Those who d0  “not listen  to the law”  wrongly think  that church attendance  is all  that the law  of God requires.

Some people  really want  to be God pleasing,  and feel  that they need  to please the Lord  by putting forth  their very best efforts  to become a better person.     But,  God’s law  does not say  we are to be better.     The law actually demands  that we  be  just as holy  as God is holy  —  that is absolute perfection  at all times.     Those best efforts  of ours  are worthless  when it comes to real holiness.      And,  that is not  what God wants.     Jesus says  in Matthew 5:48,

Therefore  you are  to be perfect,  as your heavenly Father  is perfect.

So,  the law is not asking us  to resolve   to be a better person  than others  —  or to try harder  to be better.     But,  God’s word  in John 3:16  does say,

For God  so loved  the world,  that He gave  His only begotten Son,  that whoever believes  in Him  shall not perish,  but have eternal life.

Paying close attention  and believing  God’s word  is doing  what’s right.     So, we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for the gift  of eternal life.”

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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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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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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**************

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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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Digging in Garbage

January 8, 2017

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Digging In Garbage

Years ago,  on our ranch,  our Border Collie,  Barney,  loved to dig  in garbage.   He thought  he had quite the treat  if he could find something rotten  to eat  or to even roll in,  if he was in the mood  for hunting  and wanted to cover up  his natural scent.   Then Barney couldn’t understand why  I didn’t want to pet him  in his repugnant,  perfumed condition.     Such is life.

We, also, can get into  a similar doggy mode  and become real stinkers  in God’s presence.   Just like a dog,  people can dig up the rotten garbage  of their past  or the past  of someone else  they have a grudge against.     They will “eat” the garbage  of the past  by constantly dwelling  on the hurts,  failures,  and sins  of years ago.   Perceived wrongs  are repeatedly mulled over  until their perception is warped  way out of proportion.

To guide us  in the power  of Christ’s cleansing  for each and every one  of us,  1 Peter 4:8 says,

Above all,  keep fervent  in your love  for one another,  because love  covers a multitude  of sins.

In some scenarios  are those  who  claim  that God doesn’t love them  and won’t forgive them.     They dejectedly stay  in their stinky sadness,  not realizing  that God truly does love them  and desires  that they accept  His forgiveness  for all their sins  —  becoming fresh  and clean  before our loving Lord.

In other scenarios are those  who refuse  to forgive anybody  they feel  has wronged them.     They brood  and fester ill feelings,  that become warped  and intensified  with the passage  of time.     They need  and desire forgiveness  for their own sins,  but refuse  to forgive  the perceived sins  of others.     They choose  to remain unhappy  in their stinky feelings.

Like Barney  rolling in garbage  to hide his real scent,  they roll  in the muck  of their perceived wrongs.

God wants  to cleanse us  so that the scented perfume  of our life  is pleasing  to Him  and everyone around us.     Resting  in Jesus’ forgiveness,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for Your gift  of love.”

( P.S.   This post was started in September 2005 and finally got finished today. )

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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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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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

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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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