Archive | April 2016

Joshua 22:5 “But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to obey His commands, to hold fast to Him and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul.”

This verse brings together the very essence of what every Christian strives to do on a daily basis.  We are to love God and in doing so, love others.  We are to imitate His ways… obey His word…and resist the pull of the world, cleaving only to God…for in that is eternal life and unspeakable joy.

Mark 4: 26-29 ” He also said, ‘This is what the Kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed spouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces the grain – first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.’ “

The Kingdom of God is within the human heart, and just like the Spring soil, the seed is planted and grows.  We may not totally understand how both happen…but by faith and trust we have this assurance…that our personal relationship with Jesus will grow within us, just like the  life found inside that seed.

Isaiah 1:18 ” ‘Come now, let us reason together’, says the Lord, ‘though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.’ “

The Children of Israel had veered far off course…they had rebelled against God and were “off doing their own thing.”  Now God was calling them back…repent or face judgment…turn back to Me and  be forgiven.

Hebrews 11: 39-40 ” These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.”

Hebrews Chapter 11, the great “Faith” Chapter in the Bible is a dichotomy of truths to the world.  On one hand, it’s a litany of Bible greats who were known for their tremendous trust in God.  But on the other hand, not one of them ever received their promise.  In fact, Hebrews 11:13 says, “All were still living by faith when they died.”  Do you have the wherewithal to hold tightly to your faith until the very end…clinging to the promises of God, even if you never actually see them?

Isaiah 58:7 ” Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”

In this entire chapter,  Isaiah is contrasting how the Children of Israel fasted, to what  true fasting was meant to be.  Fasting can become very self-centered…I’m denying myself, I’m going without, I’m abstaining from…I, I, I….you get the picture.   But Isaiah wanted them to know that true fasting wasn’t about them and what they were doing at all, but rather,  of reaching out to others around them.  And interestingly enough,  another meaning for fast – firm and secure – is exactly what the message of the Good News is.  And what better people to help the poor than Christians who can fill the need both physically and spiritually?

Psalm 73: 27-28 ” Those who are far from You will perish; You destroy all who are unfaithful to You. But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all Your deeds.”

God will not stand for apostasy…spiritual adultery with pagan gods…whatever that god or idol may look like in your world.  For anything that comes between you and God…that causes you to wander away from God’s instruction…that makes you think you know more than God…that’s an idol.

Psalm 73: 25-26 ” Whom have I in heaven but You? And earth has nothing I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Elsewhere in Psalms it says, “You are my Lord; apart from You I have no good thing.” For to lose all things is to gain Christ.   Our well-being …both mentally, physically, and spiritually is in the Lord and Him alone.  And even when our bodies grow old and weak, He’s our strength.