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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Reconciled Through Jesus

Colossians 1:21-23
21And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works,
 yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— 
 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast,
and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard

Monday, January 18, 2016

The End of the Law of Righeousness...?

 
Moses wrote about righteousness which is of the law. But the righteousness of faith speaks this way,
 
"The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is the word of faith which we preach), that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be save. So then,
 
FAItH

Comes through hearing and hearing by the word of God.
(Rom 10: 4-9,17)


 
(Romans 11:13-)


 
We read in Romans that if the first fruit is holy, the lump is also holy, and if the root is holy so are the branches. And if some of the branches were broken off, and you being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them and became partakers of the (holy) root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches (that were removed). But if you boast, remember that you do not support the root, but that the root supports you. 
 
It was because of unbelief that they were broken off and you stand by faith. --Beware lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily while it is still called "Today" lest any of you be hardened through deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrews 3:12). Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either....continue in His goodness. Otherwise you will be cut off. And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.
 
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I serve an awesome God!  
 
Not only did he make us and create this world and make a way for us to be with him forever; but, he also made a way for us to be holy and righteous through Jesus Christ (sanctified). Not of our own works of the flesh, but from us abiding  in Christ and him living in and through us (John15). 
 
He is  awesome!
 
So, how then do we abide in Christ?  Is it solely through prayer or going to church once or twice a week to be fed?
 
No, we must pray, but we also must stay in the Word of God everyday, perhaps even meditate on what we read all day until it becomes firmly planted in our hearts and minds.
 
All Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching (doctrine),
correcting, rebuking and training in righteousness,
that the man of God may be complete,
thoroughly equipped for every good work.  
(2 Tim.3:16-)

 
When we take time to memorize God's word, we can meditate on it, whenever and wherever we want. When we can't sleep or we are waiting in line somewhere. Instead of worrying and fretting, we can turn to Him. God also will use it to keep us in perfect peace, because our mind is stayed upon Him (Isaiah 26:3-4). Not only that, the more we study His love letter to us the more He can use it to mold and shape us.  There have been times when I am upset and a verse I memorized comes to mind to either console,  correct, or encourage me.
 
 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Job

I had no desire to read this book, but am studying through it with some friends. Today, we have reached chapter ten and are reviewing what we see or have learned.

Job was blameless in God's eyes. Why did God point him out to Satan, except to prove a point to Satan. At first Job praised God - "The Lord gives and the Lord takes away."

Then his friends come. I don't want to be or have any friends like this. But I must remember that this was pre-Calvary. Looking at these first chapters I can see where Satan is causing havoc; not only destroying his family, but his health; speaking to one friend in a dream and the friend repeating it.

What I see in Job 1-10 is a man unaware and unprepared for spiritual war-fare. Since, it happens before Jesus coming to earth, I can understand why. Job can only cry out to God and hope that he is awake and listening (the mentality of that day?). He knows God is All- Powerful and our Creator, that He can cause mountains to move (the flood), the earth to shake (Korah), and the sun not to rise or stand still (Joshua). But he doesn't know or has forgotten Satan in the garden and how crafty he was and is.

Then I compare it to this side of Calvary. Many of us are blessed with an education and the ability to read and study the holy scriptures. As we study we can see God's plan for salvation unfold and that there will be a last day and a day where all stand before God's judgment throne. We also see how Christ abided in Father while on earth, and spoke of the kingdom of God, we "witness" how he dealt with demons, and know that it is God's desire that none should perish as well as many other things that can be gleaned from the New Testament.

So, why does God allow us to go through difficulties? I believe it is to draw us to Him, to learn obedience,  total dependency on Him, to refine us and bring us to repentance if needed. I have to be careful not to criticize or think "that's crazy" when reading about Job. We have learned so much from God through Jesus coming and Holy Spirit dwelling in the saints today. I am thankful to be able to have a relationship with God.

So, let us not give up on meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as we see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10:25)


Songs to encourage you:

I will go through the (refining) fire, if You want me to.


I know a secret....

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Wait. Keep Your Light Shining.

This morning at the altar I felt like God told me to "Wait." and something about keeping my light shining, feeding the light, tending it.

I don't know about you, but I am waiting for God to send Jesus. Some days it seems long and some days it seems like time is flying by.

The passage I thought of was the ten virgins in  Matthew 25.  The wise were prepared, the foolish were not. We have to tend to and feed the fire inside of us to keep it burning. The only way I know to do that is to stay Abide in Christ and stay in His Word (Bible). While we are feeding the fire, we can't help but shine and share what God is doing in us.


Let your light shine!

Sanctification

Reading my Bible this morning I came across this again...

 
If anyone is in Christ they are a new creation,
The old has passed away,
Behold the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
 
Being set free from the past and sin,
 so that I can become a slave to God;
 
And His fruit is love, joy, peace, righteousness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control,
 
These will lead to sanctification and in the end, eternal life with Christ.
 
What could be better!?
 
Makes me want to put on some praise and worship
and tell God how thankful I am and how AWESOME He is!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Stay Alert!

Twice Satan came before the Lord with the sons of God in the book of Job. Both times God asked Satan where do you come from? Satan replies both times “From going to and fro on the earth, and walking back and forth on it.” This made me think of 1 Peter 5:8 (several translations are listed here) “Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

 Both times God  responded, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” The second time He adds, “Although you (incited, allured, instigated) Me against him to destroy him without cause”. The next verse (1 Peter 5:9) tells us to “Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”

 


Satan is still seeking someone to devour.
 
Let us remember that we too are children of God. “Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we also have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. And not only that but we also glory in tribulation, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:1-5)” So, let us remember that no matter what Satan brings our way, we need to stand firm in Faith and Hope and Love.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

God Requires....

This weekend I saw this verse at Hobby Lobby: Micah 6:8.
 
I hunted for it on line to make a note and ran across this beautiful piece of art that I want to replicate, if I can find any little person to do it for me.
 
 
He has shown you, O man, what is good;


And what does the Lord require of you


But to do justly,


To love mercy,

And to walk humbly with your God?
 
Found this here.
 
 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Abundantly Abiding in Christ!

Join me this year...
 
as I journal what God is sharing with me through His Word.
 
I have been amazed to learn that many friends that I don't talk to often
have been getting similar messages. 
 
God tells us to encourage one another more as we see The Day approaching so that we won't be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.
 
Please join me and let us encourage one another.