Monthly Archives: December 2015

Nature & The Word

Nature has its own cycle of death and rebirth, in contrast to the Word of God, which never dies. In fact, in Isaiab 40:7&8, we see three things:

1. Grass withers

2. Flower fades

3. Word stands

“The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God will stand forever.”

Like both the grass and the flower, we humans experience the cycle of death and rebirth, as we pass from this earth into the afterlife. None of us are immune to physical death.

God’s Word and God’s promises never come to a halt. They are constant and consistent. Long before our birth, God’s Word had been kept through the ages, and long after our bodies mingle with the dirt, God’s Word will continue to reach other people on our planet.

Because His Word is so important that it is everlasting, God has instruction us to “go tell it on the mountain,” to spread the good news of the Gospel message far and wide. “Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, ‘Behold your God.’ ” (Isaiah 40:9)

We won’t last on this earth forever, but as long as our planet exists, God’s Word will remain upon it, despite any efforts by men to destroy it or keep it from other people. This is why we must spread the Word to others, that they may learn of His mercy and grace and continue to pass on the salvation message to others, who will share with others, and so on.

Because everything other than God’s Word is so temporary, we must joyfully proclaim all of the promises He has given us. The great work of Christ in our lives should drive us to wanting to spread the Gospel. We can also be comforted that, even when everything and everyone we care about seems to die off during our lifetime, God’s love and promises never disappear. They are always there, when we call on the name of the Lord in sincerity.

 

“…The Word of our God will stand forever.” (Isaiah 40:8b) “He remembers His covenant forever, the promised He made, for a thousand generations.” (Psalm 105:8) “Your Word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.” (Psalm 119:89)

 

Jesus Is My Fortress.

“He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.” – Proverbs 14:26

Jesus is always there for His people. In times of joy and times of sorrow, we can rest assured He is there every step of the way. “He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in Whom I take refuge, Who subdues peoples under me.” (Psalm 144:2) “He said, ‘The Lord is my rock, and my fortress and my deliverer.’ ” (2 Samuel 22:2) “Since You are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of Your name, lead and guide me.” (Psalm 31:3) “You are my strength, I watch for you; you, God, are my fortress.” (Psalm 59:17)

We don’t need to be afraid of anything with God as our strong tower! “The Lord is my light and my salvation — so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress against those who are attacking me.” (Psalm 59:1c) “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in Whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalm 18:2)

Jesus Is The Good News.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” – Matthew 28:19-20

“You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, Who is Lord of all.” (Acts 10:36) “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synogogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.” (Matthew 9:35)

Before telling the story of Jesus’ coming, the apostle Mark begins by introducing Who Jesus is. “The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.” (Mark 1:1)

Not everyone responded well to the gospel truth. “One day as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courts and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, together with the elders, came up to Him. ‘Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,’ they said. ‘Who gave you this authority?’ ” (Luke 20:1-2)

As true followed of Christ, we must spread the Good News so that others may find peace in Him. “Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.” (Acts 5:42) Let us never stop sharing what the Lord has done!

Lessons from Psalm 14 – I Pity The Fool!

 

The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’

They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, 

there is none who does good.

The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,

to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.

They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;

there is none who does good, not even one.

Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers

who eat up my people as they eat bread

and do not call upon the Lord?

There they are in great terror,

for God is with the generation of the righteous.

You would shame the plans of the poor, but the Lord is his refuge.

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!

When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,

let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.” – Psalm 14, ESV

 

As we look at Psalm 14, we see the definition of a person who is a fool – someone Who is the opposite of whom we want to be. We can discern from the definition of a fool that a wise person who is NOT a fool is made up of the exact opposite qualities.

 

A fool:

  • denies the existence of God
  • is corrupt
  • does abominable deeds
  • doesn’t do good
  • doesn’t seek God
  • has turned aside from Biblical teaching
  • has no knowledge
  • “eats up” others
  • is in great terror, because God is not with them
  • shames those who are poor

 

A wise person (someone who is NOT a fool):

  • acknowledges the existence of God
  • is above reproach (is NOT corrupt)
  • does righteous, admirable deeds (NOT abominable deeds)
  • does good
  • seeks God
  • perseveres in following Biblical teaching
  • has knowledge
  • honors/values/blesses others
  • has a reverence for God, but does not live in fear, for God is with the righteous
  • is kind to the poor and shows them respect
  • rejoices in the God of their salvation

 

 

Let us then be sure that we are exhibiting the qualities of a wise person, a person who follows after God, rather than the qualities of a fool. Truly, to follow after anything other than God and to treat others poorly is to be a fool. A wise person chases after God wholeheartedly and loves others as Christ has loved them.

 

 

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Jesus Is The Best Choice.

“God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name.” (Philippians 2:9)

From the beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry, He was declare by God and followers of the Lord God to be God’s chosen one. “I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.” (John 1:34) “A voice came from the cloud, saying, ‘This is My Son, Whom I have chosen; listen to Him.’ ” (Luke 9:35)

“For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9) “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)

The Lord is the One Who ultimately directs us to choose to follow Him. “Who, then, are those who fear the Lord? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.” (Psalm 25:12) Christ should be both our earthly and heavenly choice. “If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.” (Philippians 1:24)

Jesus Is Worthy Of Our Mediation. 

“We can prepare ourselves to live a righteous and holy life by meditating on Jesus. Spend quiet time memorizing His words, talking with Him, looking long into Hos beautiful face. As we imitate Him and live in His presence, we receive the power and courage we need for each day.” – Unknown (*quote, not Scripture)

Under the Old Testament law, before the coming of Jesus Christ, God’s people had to go through a priest or prophet to call to Him. This person was the mediator between Holy God and sinful man. “The people came to Moses and said, ‘We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.’ So Moses prayed for the people.” (Numbers 21:7) ” ‘I have heard you,’ replied Jeremiah the prophet. ‘I will certainly pray to the Lord your God as you have requested; I will tell you everything the Lord says and will keep nothing from you.’ ” (Jeremiah 42:4) “The people all said to Samuel, ‘Pray to the Lord your God for your servants so that we will not die, for we have added to all our sins the evil of asking for a king.’ ” (1 Samuel 12:19)

Jesus’ death in the cross for our sins made Him the Mediator between us and God the Father. We can now pray right to God directly, through the Son. The barrier between the people and the Temple’s Holy of Holies was torn when Jesus died, removing the separation between God and man that come from sin. “With a loud cry, Jesus breathed His last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” (Mark 15:37-38) “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (Hebrews 4:16)

A Big THANK YOU!!!!

As the year 2015 draws to a close, I am so thankful for you who have faithfully visited my blog throughout this year. This particular blog has only been up and running for 9 months, but I have seen it grow exponentially over that short amount of time.

 

New readers, welcome! I am so honored that you came by to read a bit today. I hope that somehow my thoughts, art, travels, and Scripture itself which is featured in many of my posts, have encouraged you.

 

I’m amazed by the number of viewers from across the globe who have somehow found this little blog! Here’s the countries represented so far:

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I appreciate each and every one of you! I’m amazed by the wonder of modern technology, and how far and fast words can go across many miles and oceans!

 

Here’s to a wonderful, blessed year 2016!