Tag Archive | THE WORD

Jude 10 ” Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do not understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals – these are the very things that destroy them.”

Jude was warning the Church that they had allowed false teachers to infiltrate the Body of Believers.  These men were called Libertines, and their corrupt doctrine suggested that Christ’s grace released them from all authority or restraint.  They believed in absolute freedom without any control by God’s moral law.  Their creed was, “Our souls are saved by grace, so whatever we do with our bodies, which will perish anyway, doesn’t matter! So we can do whatever we want, whenever we want to.”  But Jude saw it as blaspheme and corruption both morally and spiritually…and likened them to wild animals… without conscious or control.

Psalm 56:8 ” Record my lament; list my tears on Your scroll – are they not on Your record? “

The Lord hears and puts down in writing all my mourning and outcries.  He keeps a record of every tear I have shed and places them in His wine-skin…or some translations say places them in a bottle.  We may think that our grief and weeping goes unnoticed…but it’s never beyond the compassionate eye of God.

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 2: 28-29 ” A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man’s praise is not from men, but from God.”

Circumcision of the heart is what the Lord is calling all of us to.  Deuteronomy 30:6 states, ” The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants so that you may love Him with all your heart and with all your soul and live.”  This circumcision of the heart is literally a removing of the flesh…our fleshly self, our carnal nature, to show loyalty and obedience towards our Lord.  This inward work of the Holy Spirit is then outwardly manifested…apparent and plain to all, as the love of God shines forth in our life.

Psalm 119:154 “Defend my cause and redeem me; preserve my life according to Your promise.”

If the Lord Almighty is defending my cause…why do I always feel compelled to justify or explain myself?  If God is contending for me in a dispute…why do I need to somehow prove myself right also?   St. Augustine was correct when he prayed, “O Lord, deliver me from this lust of always vindicating myself.”  We have this fleshly desire to be right…to explain ourselves away until everyone finally agrees with us…but if you look at Jesus teaching among the crowds, He never explained anything or made excuses for Himself.  He left the misunderstandings and misconceptions of others to correct themselves.

Nehemiah 8:9 “Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, ‘This day is sacred to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.’ For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Lord.”

The words of the Lord should move us when we hear or read them.  “For the word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)   The word of God should touch us and evoke emotion from within. For from nowhere else can you be divinely encouraged, comforted, inspired or convicted.

Philippians 3:12 ” Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus to hold of me.”

The Apostle Paul readily admits here that he’s not yet arrived at perfection in his spiritual life.   So how come we think as soon as we become a Christian we’re  a mature Believer that can’t fail?  I Timothy 6:12 tells us to, “Fight the good fight of faith.”   The journey of our Christian walk is going to be a struggle…it’s going to be a battle between good and evil,  with us sometimes coming out of the skirmish bruised and battered.  But we need to get back up and not allow failures to define who we are in God.  Failures simply mean we’re still trying…and still fighting the good fight of faith.