Tag Archive | salvation

Job 17:11 “My days have passed, my plans are shattered, and so are the desires of my heart.”

Time waits for no one.  With each passing day, we are a little older and unfortunately, the hopes and dreams we have a little less likely to happen.  When we’re young, we look at time and the future as something with limitless possibilities…but when we’re older, or disease overtakes our body…time suddenly  becomes very precious.  Each one of us has been allotted a certain amount of time here on the earth…time we can choose to use productively or rashly.  So how are you managing your time today?  Are you using it to forward God’s Kingdom…or are you aimlessly pilfering it away?  Time is getting short…make the very most of it today.

Romans 9:20 ” But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? “

I’m not accusing anyone of flagrant disrespect towards the Lord…for we’d all be quick to deny it.  But what I’m asking  is more about the covert and secretive disrespect we show the Lord…the brashness that no one seldom  knows of.   The sin of omission is simply not doing what God wants us to do.  It’s apathy and neglect on our part, but also thinking we know more than He does.  Now we’re not brazenly telling God we refuse…we’re just quietly ignoring it…hoping it’ll just go away.  But one of the most glaring signs of covert disrespect we can show God is to declare to Him, ” I can’t do that!”    So as the verse asks…just who are you to talk back to God?

I Peter 2:1 ” Therefore rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.”

Growing in our salvation is a process…a conscious, everyday struggle of putting off our old self to be made new in the attitude of our minds. (Ephesians 4:22)  This verse should convict and challenge us all to look at our conduct, actions, and manner…and free ourselves from the chains of all the negativity.  For it tells us later in this chapter,  “Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” (Vs 16)  Letting loose of negative emotions will unchain you from the past while freeing you for the future.

Romans 8:34 ” Christ Jesus, Who died – more than that, Who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”

Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross atoned for our sins, removing the condemnation and power sin had over us.  But when He rose from the dead He took His rightful position at the right hand of God becoming then our advocate, mediator, and champion.  I John 2:1  reminds us,  “We have one who speaks to the Father in our defense – Jesus Christ.”   Remember, you have someone who is ever-present at the elbow of God appealing on your behalf…intervening for your good…defending your case – Jesus Christ is His name.

II Samuel 7:22 ” How great You are, O Sovereign Lord! There is no one like You, and there is no God but You, as we have heard with our own ears.”

Verbal histories from our elderly family members give us insight into just where we come from.  Those precious stories are filled with important events, human struggles, and surprising accounts of things we had no prior knowledge of.  Within those verbal histories,  we hear bits of wisdom, sage advice, personal warnings, and lots of humor.  With our own ears we listen as important information is given to us about the past.  But have you ever thought about how important it is to give a “verbal history” to your children or grandchildren about God’s influence in your life?  A once I was… but now I am… testimony showing the Lord’s redemptive power over sin in your life is more important than any other story you could share with them.

I Timothy 4:12 ” Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the Believers in speech, in life, in faith and in purity.”

The Apostle Paul was encouraging Timothy to stand up for himself as a Pastor,  even though he was considered young for the position.  Paul admonished him to behave in such an exemplary way, with integrity and confidence, that no one within the Church would question his assignment.  Timothy was to lead by example…his way of life on constant display for others to imitate and follow.   I would then challenge all of you who are also considered “young”…don’t think being youthful is an excuse to not set a good example.  Just because you’re young doesn’t mean you can’t influence others for Christ while modeling  God’s love to the world.

I John 3:18 ” Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”

To move towards loving one another…we must move away from empty meaningless words and move towards words and actions that are rooted in sincerity.   So, how’s your follow-through?  Are you real good at promising things, but then lack the commitment to carry them out?  Romans 12:9 tells us, “Love must be sincere…”    When your word is your bond,  your actions are dependable and genuine…and the integrity of your character will never be questioned.   When your actions follow your words…the love of Christ is carried out and on display for all to see.