Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Production of God

The Production of God.

“Be careful to put into action God’s saving work in your lives, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey Him and the power to do what pleases Him. Hold tightly to the Word of Life. For God’s way of making us right with Himself depends on faith. As a result, I can really know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead.” Philippians 2:13, 3:9-10. “We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10. “We put no confidence in human effort. Instead, we boast about what Christ Jesus has done for us.” Phil. 3:3(NLT). God continually produces His work in us. Don’t trust in yourself. Depend on Him. I’m praying for you

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Where is wisdom?

Where is Wisdom?

Need answers? Have problems? Need love?
Mark 4:34 “In fact, in His ( Jesus ) public teaching He taught only with parables, but afterward WHEN HE WAS ALONE with his disciples, he explained the meaning to them. Matthew 6, Jesus teaches us to be ALONE WITH GOD. Vs. 4 “Give your gifts in secret…” Vs. 6 ” But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you and pray to your Father secretly. Then your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.” Vs. 16-18 -fasting is in secret. Vs. 18 “Then no one will suspect you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in secret. And your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.” Vs. 19-34 -all your secret worries are known by God. Vs. 31-33 “So don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing… Your Heavenly Father already knows all your needs…”
Every answer is in the quiet arms of our Father. I’m praying for you

The Go-Between

For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 2:5

Recommended Reading
John 3
“Mom! He pinched me!” As children we often ran to our parents when a disagreement broke out between us. Sometimes our parents would tell us to sort it out ourselves, other times they would step in as a mediator, helping us mend our relationship with one another.

When sin entered the world and the relationship between God and man was broken, man had no one to mediate and mend his relationship with God. Only a being who was both deity and human could bridge the gap between man and God. We were stuck, unable to renew our relationship with God.

Aware of our inability to rectify our relationship to Himself, God chose and appointed a Mediator. He sent His son, Jesus, to earth, clothed in the flesh of humanity to become our Savior and Mediator and pay the penalty for our sin. When we believe in Him, our relationship with God is healed and our future destination is secured. Through Christ we can have an intimate relationship with God on earth and throughout eternity. -David Jeremiah

Jesus [Christ] stands between us and God, and for that very reason he stands between us and all other men and things. He is the Mediator … Since the whole world was created through him and unto him … he is the sole Mediator in the world.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The “Rest” of Jesus

The “Rest” of Jesus
In John 17:19 Jesus is praying to The Father. “And I give myself ENTIRELY to you so they also might be ENTIRELY yours.” This was the work of The Savior. “And Jesus said to him, The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests; but The Son of Man has no where to lay His head.” Matt. 8:20. Jesus had no rest in this world. He sacrificed ENTIRELY so that we could be entirely His. He lived entirely for us. Until one day rest came. “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said ‘It is Finished’; and HE BOWED HIS HEAD, then He gave up the spirit.” John 19:30. He rested when His work was done. He loves us more than we will ever understand. Have a great day. I’m praying for you

‘Tis a Charming Sound

‘Tis a Charming Sound

For the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.
Hebrews 7:19

To understand the link between Law and Grace, remember that God is pure, perfect, holy, and righteous. We are not; but without a measuring stick we can’t see how truly sinful we are. When God gave the Ten Commandments (which is the Law in its essence), He revealed His character in a way that allows us to measure ourselves by His holiness. Standing on tiptoe and trying to be as tall as the Law can never save us. The Law simply shows our deficiency.

It also reveals our need for Grace. When Christ came, He perfectly fulfilled the Law; and when He died on the cross, He took our failures upon Himself and transferred His righteousness to our account.

There was nothing wrong with the Law; it simply defined sin. But it also prepared us for a better hope — the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we draw near to God. The Law was conditional, but Christ’s redemption is unmerited, unconditional, final, and worthy of praise forever. -David Jeremiah

Grace first inscribed my name in God’s eternal book; ‘Twas grace that gave me to the Lamb, who all my sorrows took.
Philip Doddridge, in the hymn “Grace, ‘Tis a Charming Sound”

Free at last

Finally Free!

For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Matthew 26:28

In 2007, James Tillman was released from prison after serving 16.5 years of a 45-year sentence for a rape he did not commit. Also in 2007, Lynn DeJac was released from prison after serving 13 years on a murder conviction — a murder she did not commit. In 2010, Greg Taylor was released from prison after serving 17 years for a murder he did not commit. As of June 2012, 292 wrongfully-convicted people had been freed from prison through DNA testing, 17 of whom had received death sentences.

Imagine what it must feel like to walk out of prison a free person — no more burden of guilt or shame of (accused) wrongdoing. The Christian doesn’t have to imagine it. We know the reality in an even deeper way: We did, in fact, commit the sins of which we stand accused by God’s law. And yet we have been set free from the burden of guilt and shame of (actual) wrongdoing. Through the shed blood of Christ, God promises to remember our sins no more. Our challenge is to remember that God has forgotten!

If you are a child of God, thank Him today that you have been set free — forevermore! Then walk in the newness of life Christ’s blood has bought. -David Jeremiah

Free at last, free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rain

Each droplet of water on the leaf reflects light, holding a picture of the world. Get close enough and it reflects you. Larry. Pope.