“King Solomon surpassed all the kings of the world in riches and wisdom.” 2 Chronicles 9:22 To understand Solomon, one of the greatest kings in Israel’s history, you have to go back to the beginning. This young king follows in the footsteps of his father, King David, who went from tending sheep to leading a […]
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse; nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him, as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him. Psalm 103-8-14
Millions of people destroy their lives by feeling guilty about something that is in the past and that they cannot do anything about. When God forgives our sin, He also removed the guilt. But just as we must receive His forgiveness, we must also receive freedom from guilt and not let the emotion of guilt control us. If God says we are forgiven and pronounced not guilty, we should believe His Word more than how we feel.
We frequently hear people say, “I will feel guilty about that the rest of my life.” I have heard people say, “I will never get over what I have done.” God’s Word says that when He forgives us, He forgets the offense, and there is no more penalty for sin where there is complete remission of it. (Hebrews 10:17-18 Then he adds: Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary) Why decide that you will guilty the rest of your life when God has provided a way for you to live free from the guilt?
Don’t let your past failures leave you hopeless about your future success. Your future has no room in it for the failures of the past. Remember that God can turn your past failures into His glory for His Kingdom.
Grace and Peace to You My Friends
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January 20, 2019 Blessing Others Psalm 5:11-12 The other day as I was walking through a store, I happened to sneeze, and a gentleman nearby offered the typical response of “bless you.” This caused me to think about what that common expression actually means—namely, a request for divine favor—and the different ways we can bless […]
“Strife”, “malicious talk”, “mocks”, “excessive speech”, “bribe”, “gossip”, “crude messenger”, “dispute”, “deceitful speech”… How much clearer can it be? Before you wipe your brow and say “Phew! At least I’m not on THAT list!”, I dare you to read the whole 17th Chapter of Proverbs. While it isn’t really a list, but a compilation of […]
On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee, Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied, “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” John 2:1-5
When David was called by God to be king, he was out watching sheep, just being faithful. The day David killed Goliath, he didn’t wake up that morning and hear God say, “David, today you are going to the valley of Elah. There will be a giant Philistine name Goliath, and you will kill him with a stone.” No, at his dad’s request, David was taking some cheese sandwiches to his brothers out on the front line, just being faithful on an errand for his dad.
What was Gideon doing when God called him? He was hiding from his enemies, he was terrified. But God saw his potential, and the next thing Gideon knew,h e was leading troops into battle.
And what was Elisha doing when Elijah called him to carry on the work? He was out plowing in the field. Moses was watching a bunch of sheep in the desert when God called him to deliver the Israelites. Then there was Daniel, who was so faithful to the Lord that his enemies couldn’t find one thing wrong with him. They had to make up lies about him so that he would be sentenced to death. And how about that teenager girl in Nazareth who had a visit from one of God’s most powerful angels, with a message about a child who would be called Son of the Most High?
My point to all of this: they were faithfully doing what God had set before them. They weren’t running around for big, important things to accomplish. They didn’t have public relations consultants or agents. They were simply doing the little things waiting on God.
Sometimes we have great ideas of what God will do. But we have to wait on Him. What are your dreams right now? Maybe you want to do something for God, but you think it will never happen. Then again, maybe it will. Maybe it even will surpass your wildest dreams. Just be faithful to do what God has set before you right now. Your future is safe in His hands.
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Find the lyrics and story behind the famous hymn, Great is Thy Faithfulness.
God offered Solomon anything he wanted. So why did Solomon ask God for wisdom and yet in Ecclesiastes 10:19 he said, “…money is the answer to everything”? Where in the bible do we ever see God’s people praying for money, or worldly riches? Well, we might say they didn’t have bills in biblical times. I […]
I lift up my eyes to the mountains, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip, he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you, the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moo by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm, he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalm 121
Look up, Scripture tells us. Look to the stars and remember who made them. Look to the mountains and worship their Creator.
Much of the activity of our lives requires daily, repetitive tasks that keep us focused on earth. We can easily get sucked in to mediocrity. But God has a higher calling for you. He wants us to do everything with our best effort, even beyond that, to reach for the stars. That means as we work and serve our Lord, we refuse to be satisfied with the mediocre. We refuse to just get by, to do just enough. We are so passionate about serving our Lord that we want to always do our best work.
Don’t worry my friend. This is not a new standard for you to attempt to reach. You have God’s help now. That’s what enables you to reach the stars in the first place!
Grace and Peace to You My Friends