“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” 1 John 4:9 KJV
God loved us so much He sent His Son. God loved us that much that He, in the form of Jesus, came and died for us. He set the standard, and yet when He knew we couldn’t meet it, He came to Earth as one of us to meet the standard for us. That is our God. The God who humbled Himself to our level instead of letting us stew in our own juices. Our God is so awesome.
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 (KJV)
We are not without hope. Why? Because Jesus died and rose again. He paid the price for our sins. He took our punishment. There is no longer anything to be afraid of. We are the hopeful. And in the end, no matter what happens, we have a home in Heaven if we have accepted Christ.
“Thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation.”
Do you make the Lord your refuge? The place where you run when things are bad or confusing? Do you run to the Lord or run away from Him? Run to Him because He is the only One who can make everything better.
I will be back to doing the blogs on Monday. I have been swamped with work and going back to school last month.
Thanks for bearing with me.
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. – I Corinthians 10:23 (KJV)
Under grace, we know that we are redeemed from the curse, that Christ died for all our sins—past, present and future. Before you challenge me on that, remember when Jesus died all your sins were future. You had no past sins.
The only commandment we have to follow now is love your neighbor because when we love our fellow humans, we will not covet, steal, lie, murder, etc.
But just because we can do everything and still be forgiven for those acts doesn’t mean that we should do them because if we do them, we are not following love your neighbor.
A drought is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up: for it is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols. – Jeremiah 50:38 (KJV)
Idols are not just images carved out of stone or wood. Idols are anything in our lives that we exalt before God. Reading novels. Writing articles. Playing guitar. Our mates. Work. Anything that we put more time on than God is an idol.
What the idols in your life?
Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. -Jeremiah 1:9 (KJV)
Don’t worry about what to say or not to say. Give the Holy Spirit permission to use your mouth. Give Him permission to put the words in your mouth that you need to say to the right person at the right time.
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. – Psalms 27:14 (KJV)
Too many times we try to be strong in and of our own strength, but we are only human with a very capable God ready and willing to help us. Let us lean on Him and let Him strengthen us.
Too many times, we try to do everything on our own—love, forgive, not sin—when all we need to do is lean and depend on Him to work through us in these areas.
The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made – Psalm 145:8-9
The Scripture says here that the Lord is slow to anger, yet God is already shown in books, movies and television shows as being ready to hit us over the head for everything we do wrong. That is not the God I serve. I serve the God who is gracious, compassionate and who went to the Cross to be crucified in my stead. That was God on that Cross. In the form of Jesus but God nevertheless.
Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. – John 14:6
This Scripture makes it clear that without Jesus, there is no other way to Heaven, to where the Father is. No one can save you but Jesus Christ, who died to redeem you from hell.