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November 16, 2013

If That Isn’t Love

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Think about it:

John 1:1-4. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. The Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind.

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was God and the Word was with God. The Word and God had never experienced separation. But mankind, who God created through His Word for fellowship with God and the Word, broke that fellowship. God and the Word missed the fellowship of mankind so God sent the willing Word into the womb of a woman to grow flesh and bones Ike the God-created man. The Word became God’s only begotten Son still the Word but now also man.

They did this to show mankind how God intended them to live and fellowship with God. If this wasn’t enough love there is even more. As the Son grew, experiencing all that mankind experiences, He showed how to do it without sin and in fellowship with God,the Father. The Son had to fellowship and communicate with the Father through prayer demonstrating to mankind the same means. If that isn’t enough love there’s more. Since sinful mankind had no sinless sacrifice the Son gave His flesh and blood over to mankind who rejected God’s love and shed His blood for the eternal sacrifice for mankind’s forgiveness. If that’s not enough love there’s more. The Son physically rose from the dead and showed Himself to hundreds of mankind to tell mankind of God the Father’s forgiveness of mankind through the blood He shed on their behalf. Through mankind’s confession of sin and acceptance of the Son and His shed blood mankind could once again have fellowship with God through prayer. Mankind also has the promise of continual fellowship throughout eternity. What wondrous love is this. Think about it

October 19, 2013

ACTS and More

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Colossians 4:2. Be devoted to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.

Our question is how do we apply the example Jesus gave us to our prayers. Our primary time of prayer should be modeled after ACTS. We address our prayer to God our Father and acknowledge Who He is by calling Him some of the different aspects like all-knowing, all-powerful, etc. we admit out sins and ask for forgiveness. This includes the perceived sins of others against us. We accept God’s forgiveness. We thank God for Who He is, what He has done and what He will do. Then we lay our requests before Him, thanking Him for hearing us. Then comes our time to be quiet and listen. As we learn to listen it helps to write what comes into our minds. Do we always need to pray after the ACTS pattern? No. Prayer is a 2-way conversation between us and God. We can and should keep a conversation going throughout each day. The ACTS model is for our prayer and meditation time. Let us use this model along with our running conversation throughout each day.

September 19, 2013

Clean Slate

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Psalms 5:3. O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.

What does God hear from us in the morning? Does He hear us moan, mumble or complain? Mornings are a blessing, even after a sleepless night. Mornings represent new possibilities, new beginnings. If we go to bed confessing our sins of the day and receiving God’s forgiveness because we are covered with the shed blood of His only Son, Jesus, we have a new slate in the morning. We may have mad plans for the day head but if we invite God’s plans for us on this new day to override our plans we are in for a wonderful day. Let us wake up realizing that the day is God’s to be used for His glory and walk in His perfect and glorious plans for us.

August 30, 2013

Father’s Business

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Luke 2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that all of you sought me? know all of you not that I must be about my Father’s business?

Jesus told us to follow Him. That means to follow His example of being about the Father,s business. Our question is what is our Father God’s business. Jesus showed us the Father,s business is about love, healing and forgiveness. We are to love all of God’s creation. We are to heal rather than cause harm and we are to forgive. We all fall far short of those three virtues. When we have a critical thought or say a harsh or critical word we are not acting I love and we are causing harm. When we refuse to give up a hurt we are not forgiving. We seem to enjoy evaluating others. This is the same as judging. We judge by our standards rather than God’s love. Jesus once said whoever is without sin cast the first stone. They all put down their stones and turned away. We must out down our criticism and judgemental thoughts and words and get on being about our Father’s business; love, heal and forgive.

May 26, 2013

Spiritual Bresthing

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Ephesians 5:18. And do not get drunk with wine, which is debauchery, but be filled by the Spirit,

If you check the Greek word used for the word “be” you would find it is in the continual tense. Our correct translation (grammatically) should be “be continually filled by the Spirit.” This is a daily or a multiple times daily necessity. As we allow the Holy Spirit to work through us we must allow more of Him in us. I like to call it spiritual breathing. I exhale the power or love of the Holy Spirit and inhale more in filling. But in order to inhale more of the Spirit I must be sure I have also exhaled (confessed) my sins of commission or omission and inhaled God’s forgiveness. This makes more room for the in-dwelling of His Spirit. When we don’t give out through love and service there is no room within us to take in more of God’s Holy Spirit and reflect more of His love. Our question is are we willing to develop the discipline of practicing these breathing exercises? I was taught as a child anything worth while takes effort and the more worth while it is the more effort it takes. I can’t think of anything more worth while than reflecting the love of God to those around me.

May 14, 2013

Gnarls and Scars

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James 1:2. My brothers and sisters, consider it nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials,

I Ike old trees. Trees with lots of gnarls. The gnarls give the old trees character. Each one is unique and different from all others. A gnarl is a twisted growth. We have gnarls also. They appear differently on us. Many are visible through actions or attitudes. They come from past sins in our lives. Things we’ve done or were done to us that left a scar. Scars are good if they aren’t picked at. A scar means healing has or is taking place. When we look at a scar we are reminded of the cause. If the scar has been allowed to heal completely it serves to remind us what not to do. These kind of scars are healed through confession and forgiveness. Sometimes they require restitution for compleat healing. God is the healer. When we try to heal them on our own the scar can be very ugly. We don’t know how to heal them like God does. Our question is have and are we allowing God to heal our scars or are we trying on our own? Are we scratching at old scars and reopening them or are we praising God for a lesson learned, walking in His (and our) love and forgiveness and moving forward with a character which shows through actions and attitudes, the love and forgiveness of our God?

May 6, 2013

Repentant Confession

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1 John 1:8. If we say we do not bear the guilt of sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.

Revelation 3:19. All those I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent!

We so emphasize God being love we fail to remember Who He really is and how filthy we are in comparison to Him.  We acknowledge our sins and confess and ask forgiveness but what is our real attitude when we do this?  Do we really feel the guilt of our sin?  Are we really in earnest of our confession?  Are we being in any way flippant in our attitude?  Do we ever shed tears over our sins; tears of sorrow at our disobedience?  Do we confess lightly and then just move on?  Repentance is truly knowing our wrong, feeling the shame of it and determining not to repeat it (with the help of the Holy Spirit).  When we confess let us really humble ourselves before God and ourselves, really acknowledging our filthiness, really bearing the guilt for our sin and really being joyful at God’s willingness to forgive us.

April 10, 2013

Door of Doubt

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John 20:26. Eight days later the disciples were again together in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked,  Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

We do not know what Jesus did between the 1st day and this 8th day.  Apparently we don’t need to know which might be hard for some of us to take.  What counts here is Jesus continuing to reassure them.  Thomas’s signaled out.  He wasn’t with the other 10 on that first day when Jesus first appeared. Even though he knew the others well he refused to believe their accounts of seeing Jesus.  Maybe his distrust came because of the way Judas betrayed Jesus.  None of them ever expected such betrayal would come through one of their own.  Jesus is patient with Thomas and shows Him proof.  We all have moments of doubts like Thomas.  They usually arise from hurts in the past.  It is important we give all our hurts and disappointments to God for healing, forgiveness of others and forgiveness of self.  When we fail to do this we open the doors of doubt.  Our question is how open is our door?  Let us be sure to open all things within us to the healing and forgiving touch of God so the door of doubt remains closed.

April 4, 2013

Walking With Jesus

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Luke 24:15  While they were talking and debating these things, Jesus himself approached and began to accompany them

The same day Jesus arose from death He appeared om the Emmaus road to two of His disciples.  They were talking about hat had happened and the rumors that were circulating about His body being gone.  They couldn’t understand how that far blown up to His being alive.  Rumors often grow out of proportion as they circulate.sometimes as we hear things today it is hard to tell what is truth and what is embellishment. As Jesus, unrecognized to them walked with them He used scriptures to show them how to test the rumors.  We should do the same today.  It is in the Holy Bible we find the words of truth.  It is through the Holy Spirit we are given understanding.  Our question is are we familiar with the scriptures to know how to search them and do we prayerfully meditate and allow His Holy Spirit to bring us understanding?  Jesus may not be physically walking with us but through His Holy Spirit He is walking in us.

February 18, 2013

Knowledge of Salvation

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Luke 1:77. to give his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins.

What beautiful knowledge – to know for sure our sins are forgiven by God.  How do we get that knowledge of assurance?  We get it through the gift of God’s Holy Spirit when we accept His Son, Jesus, as Lord and Savior.  It takes a while for most of us to really believe we are forgiven and not keep bringing up the same sin over and over.  That is primarily because we fail to forgive ourselves.  Self-forgiveness is a necessary step in believing God’s forgiveness.  Another necessary step is to forgive others.  When we pray the Lord’s Prayer we ask God to forgive us in the same measure we forgive others.  Our question is since God forgives who are we not to forgive others and ourselves.  Let’s make sure we walk in total forgiveness.  This is salvation which leads to lives spent in eternity in the very prince of God.

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