Posts Tagged ‘God’

The Unpaid Debt

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

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When I was a teenager (which dates me quite a bit) there was a popular song entitled, “He Paid a Debit He Did Not Owe” by Ellis J. Crum. The essence of the lyrics was to share about Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. He did this to save us and to bare our penalty before God. The punishment that we all deserved was paid in full by Christ’s death on the wooden tree. This act of grace affords us the opportunity to be free from the consequences of our sins.

jesus on crossAnother aspect of this song is that we owe a debt to God but there is no way we can ever repay it and neither does God expect any payment. The price was paid in full that first Easter so that we can live with Him eternally.

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.” I Peter 3:18 Christ’s ultimate purpose was to bring you to God. He is just waiting for us to come.

Following is a video of the song, “He Paid a Debt He Did Not Owe” sung by Conrad Fisher. Listen to the words and reflect on that great debt that was paid because He loves us so much.

He Paid a Debt

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Within the Covers

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

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Ronald ReaganPresident Ronald Reagan once made a very profound statement, “Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.” What a timely statement even for today.

It seems there is so much unrest in the world. Wars, rumors of wars, major global illnesses, disagreements on all types of social issues – and the list goes on. What should be my reaction to these?

A person recently told me she was conservative in her way of thinking. I responded that I didn’t know if I was conservative but rather I was “biblical”. She had a strange reaction but I told her that, since God’s Word is my measuring tool, the answer to all my decisions are found in the Bible.

Psalm 18:30Psalm 18:30
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30 As for God, his way is perfect: The word of Jehovah is tried; He is a shield unto all them that take refuge in him.

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NIV states, “As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.”  Since God’s Word is flawless, why would I look for the answers anywhere else? Some people try to make the Bible say what they want by making their own interpretation but as the lyrics of the old song goes, “if God says it, I believe it, and that settles it for me!” I am not going to change God’s Word to suit my own needs or so I will be socially accepted.

I am going to look “within the covers”!

Following are the lyrics to the song “God Said It and I Believe It” as sung by Del Delker.

God Said It and I Believe It

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A Gentle Whisper

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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“The Lord said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” I Kings 19:11-12 NIV

In Chapter 19 Elijah fled for his life after the evil Queen Jezebel threatened to kill him because of his actions. Elijah had gone to Mt. Carmel where he out-dueled and embarrassed the prophets of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. Elijah had taunted them as their gods failed to light a sacrificial fire. Elijah became depressed over being a hunted man. He had gone from a very high point to feeling he was the only one left who believes in the Lord. He wanted to lie down and die but the Lord gave him food and sent him to Mt. Horeb. The Lord sent the wind, earthquake and fire but in the end spoke to him in a whisper.

All of us enjoy the thrill of a great religious victory in our life. We expect and receive great things from God. After this time of high excitement, however, we are sometimes at our weakest point and become depressed as Elijah did. It is in those moments of feeling defeated that we are wanting to hear from God in a very special way. His speaking may even be through another person but; as the scripture expresses, it is sometimes in a gentle whisper or a gentle word.

God is always with us. He has many ways in which He intervenes in our lives. If we listen, God may be speaking to us through a gentle whisper or in another distinctive way.

Would we recognize His voice if he calls?

The following video expresses some unique ways God may speak to us. The song is, “Sometimes He Comes in the Clouds” by Steven Curtis Chapman. Please click on the link to enjoy.

Sometimes He Comes in the Clouds

 

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Come As You Are

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

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invitation“Come as you are” is a phrase we hear quite often. Frequently an invitation to a party will indicate that it is acceptable to come casually dressed without any pretense of impressing anyone.

Although these exact words are not found in the Bible, the Bible is full of scriptures that imply the essence of this message. One of the most notable of verses is John 3:16John 3:16
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16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.

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. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” What an exciting invitation that is.

The above passage of scripture is a direct call to anyone to come to God for salvation even though we are undeserving. It is through the grace of God that we are saved and not through our works. His only requirement is that we confess our sins and receive His forgiveness and submit to Him in obedience.

“Come as you are” does not mean that you can live any way you want.  “Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” James 4:8James 4:8
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8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye doubleminded.

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What have you done that is so bad that God will not accept you? Nothing! He is just waiting for you to “come as you are”. After all, God already knows everything about you!

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Don’t Be a Stat

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

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On a recent trip across the state of Kansas we noticed flashing signs strategically placed on the Interstate. The sign read, “Don’t be a stat. Texting and driving can kill.” Ironically, we were not distracted by texting but distracted by trying to read the sign. I think the signs kind of defeated their own purpose. How could we keep our eyes on the road if we were trying to read what the sign said?

We also really confused our GPS because we changed the route from that which was originally mapped out for us. When Matilda (a name we lovingly call our GPS) felt we had ignored her directions and were going the wrong way she would emphatically say, “Make a U-turn.” No matter if we were on a busy highway or in the middle of a frontage road she would insist that we turn around. That always made us chuckle out loud.

signs - several directionsThat is similar to how some of us are in our spiritual walk. Do we get easily distracted in our ministries or do we give up completely because we are not accomplishing all that we set out to do or do not know which path to take next?

“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”  Proverbs 4:25-27Proverbs 4:25-27
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25 Let thine eyes look right on, And let thine eyelids look straight before thee. 26 Make level the path of thy feet, And let all thy ways be established. 27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: Remove thy foot from evil.

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Detour signWe must focus on the goal. Looking straight ahead helps us avoid roadblocks placed in our path. When we get off track we have to re-route ourselves so we can start going in the right direction again.

Do we focus on Christ and what he tells us to do? Are we determined to accomplish all we can for Him following the path set out before us?

Christ should be our goal. Don’t be a statistic!

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When “No” Means “Yes”

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

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Matthew 21:22Matthew 21:22
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22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

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NAS tells us “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” What a great promise that is. But, why then did my prayer not get answered?

prayinghands2I have been puzzled many times when I thought I was praying in faith but yet felt I was being rejected because my fervent supplication went unanswered. How do I continue to move forward when God tells me “no”? At that point, I realize that God’s no is not a “rejection” but a “redirection”.

There are various reasons why prayers go unanswered. Maybe it’s the wrong time (Ecclesiastes 3:1Ecclesiastes 3:1
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3 1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven:

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) or the answer will hurt me (James 4:3James 4:3
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3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may spend it in your pleasures.

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). However, it is encouraging to be assured that God has something better for me (Jeremiah 29:11Jeremiah 29:11
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11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith Jehovah, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope in your latter end.

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) than what I thought I needed at that particular time.

When I realize the answer is “no”, I thank God for the closed door. I grasp the peace of God when frustration sets in. I continue to believe in God’s will for my life. I anticipate that one day the “no” will turn into a triumphant “yes”. If not, I will remain faithful to prayer knowing that God has my best interests in mind.

So, you see, sometimes “no” can mean “yes”!

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Where’s January?

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

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Have you ever seen one of those perpetual calendars with blocks that can be changed on a daily and monthly basis?  By turning each block to the correct number to represent the day of the month or another block to indicate the name of the month, a whole new day begins? I have one on my kitchen counter that was given to me many years ago as a gift. My calendar even has little blocks that can be inserted in the top to represent the various seasons. Right now it has a snowflake on it. Ugh!

On the first day of January of this year I was methodically changing my perpetual calendar. It was easy to find the number representative of the day but finding the correct month was a little more difficult. Needless to say, January had slipped all the way to the back of the pile. As I was frantically trying to find it, I kept muttering to myself, “Where’s January, where’s January”.  At last, I found it.

januaryFor most of us, January represents a new beginning. It is another chance to start over again by doing those meaningful things in our lives such as spending more time with God, our family and friends.  Philippians 3:13-14Philippians 3:13-14
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13 Brethren, I could not myself yet to have laid hold: but one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, 14 I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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NLT admonishes us to focus on one thing:  “No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven”.

Where’s January? It is in the privilege to forget the past and look forward to what lies ahead all the while keeping our focus on Godly endeavors. I hope you find your January!

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Royal Baby

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

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On July 22, 2013 a baby boy was born in the country of Great Britain that is lovingly referred to by the media as the “Royal Baby”. I am sure he will have the best of everything and will receive lots of attention and love. We heard endless news reports of this blessed event. I am sure it means a lot in that country to recognize a new heir to the throne.

As I heard all the hoopla surrounding the birth of this little baby, it made me reflect on a royal baby that was born on that first Christmas morning in a humble stable and wrapped in swaddling cloths. baby Jesus

Luke 2:9-12Luke 2:9-12
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9 And an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: 11 for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this is the sign unto you: Ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger.

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states, “And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. And the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. “And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths, and lying in a manger.”

This child, Jesus, grew up in a loving household with a Godly mother and father. He did not come from a wealthy background but yet He became the “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”. That means there is no higher authority. He reigns over all and His name is above every other name.

I am sure I will never have the opportunity to meet a member of the royal family but I am thankful that I personally know “The King of Kings”! He paid the ultimate sacrifice for my sins.

For unto us a “Royal Baby” was born on that first Christmas!

Jesus Christ

Merry Christmas!!

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Take Off Your Shoes

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

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“Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. Acts 7:33Acts 7:33
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33 And the Lord said unto him, Loose the shoes from thy feet: for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

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shoes2To put off the shoes or sandals, was an act of reverence. The ancients were not permitted to enter a temple or holy place with their shoes on.

Holy ground represents the sacredness of a place because of the presence of God. We should enter the sanctuary (the place set apart for divine worship), not only with reverence in our hearts but with a willingness to learn about Him and demonstrate our love and devotion to Him.

What are we doing when we enter God’s sanctuary? Are we incessantly chatting, eating, chomping gum, texting on our cell phone or disengaged in worship? Are we conscious of the fact we are on holy ground?

No matter the type of worship of our particular denomination, the most important thing is to WORSHIP! True worship is that which originates from deep down in the heart. Cast aside all those hindrances that keep you from glorifying the Savior.

It’s time to take off your shoes. You are standing on holy ground!

Please take the time to listen to a video of Sandi Patty singing, “Holy Ground”. Please follow the link below.

http://youtu.be/7yMNHd5BsZ0

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Unclaimed Blessings

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

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My father passed away many years ago. A few months after his death he had some unclaimed property on the web site of his primary state of residence. I completed the necessary paperwork to stake claim to that property that was distributed equally between me and my siblings.

chestHave you ever lost your baggage after a flight or left an item at a motel which you recently visited? There are many types of unclaimed possessions. Sometimes it is a taxing process to get them returned to you. For example, there is a centralized location in the state of Alabama for unclaimed airline baggage. I am sure there is an extensive amount of paperwork required in order to get it returned to you.

Have you ever contemplated all the unclaimed blessings God has for you? James 4:2James 4:2
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2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and covet, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war; ye have not, because ye ask not.

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b states, “. . . You do not have because you do not ask.” Wow, what a promise! Have you asked in faith for all that God has for you? Have you left any blessings unclaimed?

“Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3Jeremiah 33:3
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3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and will show thee great things, and difficult, which thou knowest not.

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) If we call to God, He will answer us. The unclaimed blessings entail great and mighty things which we cannot even comprehend. closed bible

Mark 11:24Mark 11:24
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24 Therefore I say unto you, All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

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, “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” I want to believe that those things I ask for in faith will be granted.

Begin now to stake claim to God’s richest blessings. Don’t leave anything unclaimed!

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