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March 31, 2015

Forsakeing

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Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

We all, in and of ourselves are wicked and unrighteous. We are to forsake our natural way of wickedness and our unrighteous thoughts. These include thoughts and words of criticism, judgement, bitterness, prejudice and so on. Any thought and/or action that doesn’t fit in to the description of love in 1 Corinthians 13 is to be forsaken and pushed out of our minds and life styles. There are no ifs or buts. We can’t rationalize our right to think or act out. Our questions is how often do we make up excuses to act or think outside of love?

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March 30, 2015

Be Merciful

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Luke 6:36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

God is merciful. It was His love and mercy that allowed the Father to send the Son, Jesus to this earth and suffer to take the penalty for our sins. It is His mercy that allows His Holly Spirit to dwell in each and every believer/follower. It is His mercy that not only forgives our sins but never brings a forgiven sin back to His mind. Our question is how are we doing in our mercy to others? Are we quick to anger? Do we hold a grudge? Do we keep accounts of what we consider to be wrongs against us? God tells us to be merciful in the same way He is merciful. Next time we start to criticize or get angry let us pause and remember God’s mercy toward us and do the same for others.

March 29, 2015

No Mistakes

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Psalms 145:17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does.

Some wonder why infants die yet some people die in their 100’s. Most are born complete yet some are bone with missing parts. Yet scripture says God is righteous – He doesn’t make mistakes. God can prevent babies dying. He can prevent them being born with missing parts. We don’t have the mind of God. We can’t understand why He does what He does. We can only know God is righteous and faithful. He is full of love and compassion. He is full of grace towards mankind. Mankind makes mistakes,. Mankind must walk out the consequences of their mistakes. God forgives our sins but we still reap the consequences of the sins while on this earth. We can walk the consequences knowing God is with us and we will be with Him in all eternity because of the forgiveness of our sins won on the cross by Jesus, God’s Word made flesh.

March 26, 2015

Holy is Wholeness

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Isaiah 6:3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

God is holy. Holy describing God means complete or whole. God is totally complete. He lacks nothing. He is perfect. Mankind strives to be holy. We try to be complete in God through Jesus. We try to be set apart for our God. Because we continually are at odds with God’s Holy Spirit we are not whole or holy. We might think we desire to be holy but we treasure our flesh and our carnal things. We continually battle between the desire for holiness and the desire for things of this world. Our question is are we willing for God’s Holy Spirit to work within us and bring us into holiness, to be wholly immersed in God’s Holy Spirit.

March 25, 2015

I AM Sent Me

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Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”

Moses was on the mountain having an encounter with God. He was looking for any excuse not to do what God was telling him to do. When Moses tried to say he needed to have the name of someone with enough authority he could say order him to do such a task God responded with, “I AM WHO I AM.” God is constant. He is never-changing. He is always all-powerful, all-knowing and all present. He is always just and love. He has given us the same authority He gave Moses. We are not leading an entire ethnic population from one country to another but we are to lead all we meat out of the country of sin and absence of God to the Kingdom of God through Jesus Christ, the Word of God made flesh. Our question is what excuses are we giving God to keep us from doing His bidding?

March 23, 2015

Always Present

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Psalms 139:7-12 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

Hear the Psalmist talks about how God is present everywhere. He is fully present in Heaven on His throne. He is also fully present with each and every person who has invited His Son, Jesus, into their lives, hearts and minds. We are never out of the sight or presence of God. When we allow Him, He orders our footsteps. When we walk through the depths Of darkness He is there with us. When we are rejoicing on the mountaintops of life He is there. There is no place or time on this earth when He isn’t with us. When we are not aware of His presence with us it is because we have chosen to try to hide from Him. He is still there Let us choose to learn and practice always being aware of His presence with us and us with Him.

March 22, 2015

All Knowing

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Psalms 139:1-6 You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

These verses talk about how God is all-knowing. There is nothing we can do, say or even think that God doesn’t see, hear and know. We may hide actions, words or thoughts from others or even try to hide them from ourselves but not from God. Yet, in spite of His all-knowing, He loves us. To know ourselves we must know God. Through His Holy Spirit He will reveal our innermost being to us as we are able to see and able to allow Him to re-mold us into His image. Our question is do we really want to know what lies deep within us and deal with it according to His wisdom and mercy?

March 21, 2015

Observatory

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Genesis 1:14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years,

We recently went to the McDonald Observatory and were blessed with the opportunity to look through a 16 inch telescope at the planet of Jupiter. We saw two of the moons and the result of the solar eclipse of one of the moons which left a black dot on the planet. To see it for ourselves instead of on tv or by pictures was an awesome experience. While we looked the astronomer explained what we were seeing. This event made us feel even closer to our God Who created all this and beyond. We only see a small part of His creation and we don’t make very good steward of what He has made. As we look at the world in which God has placed us we must be mindful we are such a very small part of His creation. Yet, in spite of us being such a small part, He loves us so very much that He wants us to be with Him throughout eternity. He made that possible by sending part of Himself, His Word through which all things were created, Jesus Christ to take our human likeness and shed His blood for our sins. No matter what we may face in our life on this earth that one thing is more than enough for us to be continually thankful and praising Him.

March 20, 2015

Following the Cloud

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Exodus 13:21 By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.

Until Jesus came to this earth, died and rose and ascended back to heaven the Holy Spirit was only sent to a few individuals. Here we read the Holy Spirit was in a form of a cloud to lead the Hebrews by day and as a funnel of fire to lead them by night. Now we have the Holy Spirit within us to lead us day and night. The Hebrews watched the cloud and the funnel of fire moving when and where they moved and staying still when they stayed still no matter how long they were still. We tend to rush on ahead of the Holy Spirit’s direction to move, forget to ask where to move and fail to stand still for however long the Holy Spirit bids us to be still An entire generation of Hebrews had pass before they learned to obey so they could go into the promised land. God has promises for us. How long does it take for us to listen, follow and obey to receive the fulfillment of His promises to us?

March 19, 2015

All at Once

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Isaiah 59:1 Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.

We were eating lunch in a restaurant. It was crowded and very noisy. Conversations were in progress all around us, It was hard to hear our own conversation with bits of others filtering into ours. Then I started thinking how marvelous it is that God hears each of our prayers even when thousands of different prayers are being said at one time. This is something our finite minds can’t understand but we can accept the fact because it says throughout scripture that God hears us. Oh God, how utterly marvelous are You and Your works.

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