A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

What is faith?  Well, there is a particular definition that I learned from the time I was very small.  It’s a verse I have had memorized for years!

That’s not the version I memorized as a kid – I know the King James version:

 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  – Hebrews 11:1

We’re to have this faith – this confidence in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  We are to be assured of that which we do not see.  We walk by faith – and not by sight.  We can only be God’s child by faith.

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.  – Helen Keller

Just as time away from the gym can show fairly quickly on the scale, time away from God can show fairly quickly in our lives.  Some folks refuse to have faith while others say they do, but they don’t take the time to exercise it.  Something in the name of this video caught my eye – it says, Allow Me, I Will Heal Your Soul” – and that’s significant – we have a choice to allow the Lord to help us or not.  We’re given the free will to make the choice for God or against Him.

God wants to give you opportunities today.  Will you trust the path He has for you to walk, or will you ignore Him and go your own way?  Work that faith out a little bit…  think about the substance of things HOPED FOR – expecting in your heart to see the evidence of THINGS UNSEEN.  Why are people so surprised when God answers their prayers?  Maybe it’s because they didn’t think their faith was as strong as it really is.  Just a thought.

We don’t see the wind in Kansas, but I’ll tell you what – we feel it!  The limbs on the ground are the evidence of the wind that blew them off the trees!  We see the evidence of the wind everywhere.  In the autumn, the Kansas wind blows the leaves off the trees and as we rake the leaves, we’re reminded that once again the wind came to visit.  Do you have to see to believe?  🙂

 

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GENESIS 6:14 ON 6/14

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So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.  – Genesis 6:14

Just as God told Noah to build an ark to prepare for the coming flood, God wants families who belong to Him to stay in His Ark of Salvation and Safety.13346679_1768103460100783_573288816226553365_nThis verse is an outline of how God wanted the ark built.  It was not Noah’s plan or design, it was God’s.  Noah followed His directions to the letter.  Do we follow God’s plan or design to the letter to build our Ark of Salvation and Safety?  Do we add to or subtract from God’s plan of salvation?  God sent His only Son, Jesus, to sacrifice His life on the cross at Calvary.  He is our way to eternal life in Heaven.  He is our Ark of Salvation and Safety.  Those not in the Ark of Salvation and Safety are not safe from God’s wrath.

Notice that before the flood, God had allowed fallen men to go on in evil and sin.  We’re in the last days, and once again, God is allowing fallen men to go on in evil and sin.  It doesn’t mean He doesn’t care – quite the opposite.  God gave every one of us a free will to choose to follow Him or not.  He didn’t create us to be robots.  He wants us to love Him.

Just as Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord, there will be a remnant who remain faithful and true to the Lord.

Noah’s ark was built of durable gopher (cypress) wood.  It had rooms in it for the animals and the people.  It was coated with pitch inside and out.

Christ is our Ark of Salvation and Safety.  We are saved from eternal separation from God and safe from the wrath of God.  I’ve always been a pre-tribulation believer and pray that we don’t see all of the last days – the tribulation will be horrific, and while I know God is faithful to see us through anything, I really hope and pray that we get to leave before it gets so awful.  I don’t know.  I’ve heard both sides of the argument, and I plea ignorance – I just don’t know.  I trust that I’ll go to Heaven when God’s ready for me.  How’s that for an answer?

The ark that Noah built was divine provision from God.  The ark that every person builds for themselves and their family is also divine provision from God.  God purposed in His heart to redeem His creation to Himself.  Will you accept Jesus Christ into your heart and life today and begin building an ark for yourself and your family?  Today is the day of salvation.  🙂

 

 

 

 

PREPARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD

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I have to admit, every day of this series I have been SINGING this song from Godspell…  so I decided to post it so we can sing it together today!  🙂  https://youtu.be/kuUl522_8jQ

On this first day ‘fore Christmas we are to (take a deep breath…) have goodness in our actions, pray for strength against temptation, wisdom in decisions, patience with each other, forgiveness for our sins, give praise for His love, have love for one another, joy to share with others, peace in our hearts and (take a breath) THANK GOD FOR HIS AMAZING GRACE!TEN DAYS FORE CHRISTMAS

Goodness in our actions…  our actions.  Have you thought of your actions being a matter of choice before?  Free will is a part of God’s wonderful plan in our lives.  We are given opportunities to do good things for others, but we are free to ignore others and keep ourselves isolated from the world.  It’s a choice – whether we will be a blessing to those around us or a burden.

There are givers and takers…  God will help us to give more and take less if we want to be the kind of people He wants us to be.  We must not be confused about good deeds though – they do not in any way save us a spot in heaven.  It doesn’t work that way.  We do good deeds in response to what God through Christ has done for us.  Does God always keep His promises to us?  Oh, you bet He does!

THE PROMISE BARN

We pray that God will bring opportunities to do good deeds in response to the promises He keeps to us.  Can you think of someone you could help today?  It doesn’t have to cost anything except a little of your time.  Most of us don’t have a large wad of cash to spend, and God doesn’t expect for you to do that.  He wants us to love and care for one another.

Goodness to members of our own family???  Well, sure – why not???

CHRISTMAS PIE FROM MR. P

There are shut-ins and lonely people all around us.  Elderly people sometimes have trouble writing.  Maybe you could help a friend or loved one address some Christmas cards.  Does someone you know need a ride to an appointment?  Maybe you could take a few moments to visit in someone’s home.  It means so much when people are so lonely and alone.  We give to others because God has given abundantly to us.  🙂

JOHN 5:30 ON 5/30

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By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.  – John 5:30

Not my will but Thine…

Christ is once again asserting Himself as the Son of God.  If He saw the importance of seeking His Father’s perfect will, what makes us think we don’t have to find out what God wants us to do?  For people of God the judgment must be just, because it is not one of an isolated will, but one in accord with the eternal will of God.

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I’ve heard people ask, “How do you know what God’s will is?”  I know, right?  Wouldn’t it be nice if God would write a message in the clouds – make it very clear to us what His will is?  That would be great – if we could just pray and ask what He wants us to do and then get a little personal message in the sky with the clear, precise answer.

Well – sorry, it doesn’t work that way.

There are so many variables involved.  We have free will – and some people think that’s a bad thing, but here’s the deal.  God wants to have a relationship with us, but He will never force us to love Him or pray to Him.  He loves us so much that He gives us the ability to choose to accept or reject Him.

When our hearts are so full of ourselves…  our pride, our ambition and love as the world knows it, there is no room for God’s Word, God’s voice or God’s will.  He cannot abide in us until we make Him more important than ourselves.  Only then can we seek God’s will for our lives.  He wants the best for us, but we need to get out of His way so He can work in us.

If we choose to make our judgments according to God’s Word and His will, doesn’t it make sense that we acquaint ourselves with what that may be?  If we spend some time every day reading the Bible and praying, then we will have more than a nodding acquaintance with right, wrong – good, bad.  We are given boundaries to protect us – believe it or not, those THOU SHALT NOT’s are not there to keep us from having fun.  God wants the best for His children.  He really does.  🙂

 

 

ROMANS 3:25 ON 3/25

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 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished.  – Romans 3:25

WORDS WITH CHANGE

Have you ever stopped to consider that God willingly gave His only Son to die on the cross just for you?

Did He do that for angels?  No.  The angels were there, watching and weeping, but the work of redemption on Calvary’s cross was not to save the angels.  They understood the majesty and wisdom and goodness of God toward man.  As God provided the perfect Lamb for unworthy sinners, the angels had a bird’s eye view and watched intently.

Did He do that for Satan and his demons?  No.  They have already rejected God and see the cross only as the point where Jesus bruised the serpent’s head.  Evil sees the cross through its own eyes with its own twisted interpretation.  They do not admit defeat even then and will never declare the powerful truth that Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords.

The one and only reason God sent Jesus to die on the cross was for your salvation.  Now it’s up to you to either accept this precious gift that was purchased with His blood – or reject it.  You were given free will by your Creator to either follow Christ or follow Satan.  There’s no in-between.

Remember, if you’re headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns!  – Allison Gappa Bottke

ALL BECAUSE OF GOD’S AMAZING GRACE

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Amazing grace O how sweet the sound,
That saved a poor sinner like me!
Though once I was lost, yet now I am found,
Though I was blinded, now I see!

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And it’s all because of God’s amazing grace!
Because on Calvary’s Mountain he took my place!
And someday, some glorious morning,
I shall see him face to face,
All because of God’s amazing grace.

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Through disappointment through danger, too,
Through labors and sorrows we’ve come!
But God’s grace has guided safely through,
And someday it will take us home!

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Then with the ransomed around God’s throne,
We will praise our Redeemer and King!
We will tell how his mercy for sin did atone;
Through countless ages this song we’ll sing;

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It was all because of God’s amazing grace!
Because on Calvary’s Mountain he took my place!
And someday, some glorious morning,
I shall see him face to face,
All because of God’s amazing grace.

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Amazing grace how sweet the sound,
And someday, some glorious morning,
I shall see him face to face,

Tag.   All because of God’s amazing grace!

God’s grace…  it’s pretty amazing, huh???  🙂