Archive | August 2018

Hebrews 1:3 ” The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”

Jesus told His disciples in John 14:9, “Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father.”  He was trying to explain to them that He was the perfect expression and image of their heavenly Father.  And even today,  the notion of the Trinity…the Three in One…Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is a difficult concept to wrap our minds around.  Each is a flawless part of the whole…each equally important…each deserving honor, glory, and praise.

Philippians 4:13 ” I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

I have this Scripture on a beautiful plaque in my bathroom.  And as I was getting ready this morning, I glanced up and there it was…like a beacon of truth, light, and hope.  It was a wonderful reminder that I don’t have to do this thing called life all by myself.  In I Timothy 1:12 it says that the Lord stands by my side and gives me strength…strength in all situations.  This strength He gives me is much more than just bearing and suffering through a trial.  The strength God gives,  enables me to effectively handle with grace and patience all things that come into my life.  For it’s only through Him,  I can cope with all things for His glory.

Habakkuk 3:17-18 ” Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vine, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”

Habakkuk is asking, “Where are You God? And why aren’t You doing something about this situation?  Our most basic needs aren’t being met.  Don’t You care about us?”  This is a very common response when anyone is in the midst of troubles…our vision is very myopic, only seeing what’s right in front of us, not any further.  But it’s not until we can look beyond and see God’s “Big Picture” that we, like Habakkuk, can say, “In spite of what I see around me…regardless of this present situation, I will put my trust in You God!  I will place my faith in You for I know You will provide.”

I John 1:8-9 ” If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

The world doesn’t talk about sin as such.  To them, sin is an archaic word.  They’d rather shape the idea of sin into a palatable and more tolerable commodity that people will just accept without question.   I found an interesting quote about this.  The world says, ” My right is my duty.”  The Christian says, “My duty is my right.”  The question here being –  what is your focus…putting yourself before others… or putting others before yourself?   This is where sin and truth collide…it’s where the world deceives us into thinking sin isn’t that big of a deal…but truth tells us we need to come out from under the cloud of lies and self-indulgence and repent.

Lamentations 3:40-42 ” Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven, and say: ‘We have sinned and rebelled…’ “

Admitting we’re wrong and asking forgiveness is hard to do.  And when it comes to acknowledging our sin before God it gets even tougher.  It’s not that we’re deliberately rebelling against Him…of blatantly and conspicuously sinning for all to see.  No, it’s rather sins by omission that really mess us up.  These are secret sins that are easy to hide…things that only we may know about.  These sins of omission are things neglected and left undone in our lives…like regular time in the Word, or prayer.  Or they’re things we chose to turn a blind eye to…knowing the Lord wants us to act,  but choosing to be apathetic instead.  These sins of omission are disobedience at its best and need to be dealt with, for as time goes on, it becomes easier and easier to allow these sins to hide in our sub-conscience and justify them rather than admit they are wrong.

Lamentations 3:31-32 ” For men are not cast off by the Lord forever. Though He brings grief, He will show compassion, so great is His unfailing love.”

None of us is immune to grief, suffering, and troubles…for they are just part of this journey we call life.  But it’s good to reflect on the attributes of the Lord spoken of in this Scripture today.  God’s love for us is everlasting and unconditional…for there is nothing in and of ourselves we can do to obtain this love…it is a free gift given by grace not our works.  But also there is nothing so terrible we can ever do that this love can’t reach us.  Mercy and kindness are central to God’s character, and it’s out of this great love for us that we can find forgiveness of sins and eternal life.

II Corinthians 6:1-2 ” As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For He says, ‘In the time of My favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.’ I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”

Someday I’ll get right with God.  At some time in the future I’ll give my heart to Him…but not yet.  I’ve got too much I want to do, and I don’t want the rules and regulations of being a Christian to hinder me.  I’m young and I want to just have fun.  Sound like you?  You’ve been holding God at arms length…knowing what you should do, but wanting to wait till you’re “old” to commit.  But consider this – someday may never come for you – your future may end today,  and this is why now is the time to be serious about your eternal salvation.  When we’re young we have this grandiose  vision of immortality, and the future goes on forever…but in an instant…this can all change.  That’s why the Gospel Message is for you today…the forgiveness of your sins is for now, not someday.  Don’t wait until tomorrow to make that decision you know you need to make today…for you may be running out of tomorrows.