A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

This is a verse that is familiar to Sunday School teachers because at some point we work with kids to memorize it.  Some say this verse disproves the concept of the Trinity, but I don’t think it does.  I still believe in the three in one – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Paul is addressing the question whether there’s more than one God because a pagan said there was.  On behalf of Christians everywhere, he’s affirming that there is only one God, creator and ruler over the wide universe!  The fact that he didn’t go on to say anything about the Trinity does not mean it doesn’t exist.

Doth not all nature around me praise God? If I were silent, I should be an exception to the universe. Doth not the thunder praise Him as it rolls like drums in the march of the God of armies? Do not the mountains praise Him when the woods upon their summits wave in adoration? Doth not the lightning write His name in letters of fire? Hath not the whole earth a voice? And shall I, can I, silent be?  – Charles Spurgeon

When we praise the Lord, it’s the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.  – John Piper

As we trust more in the faithfulness of God, we are better able to open our hearts to others.  It’s amazing how much joy fills our lives as we put all our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  It’s my hope and prayer that we all will believe in the blessed Trinity and lean fully on the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in our everyday lives.  Remember – the more we praise the LORD in His presence, the more of His power we will see in our circumstances.  He inhabits our praise and answers all our prayers.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 CORINTHIANS 8:6 ON 8/6

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…yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.  – 1 Corinthians 8:6

Lately I’ve heard about different gods.  In this verse we are told that there is one God – the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob.  The Father of our Savior, Christ Jesus.

There are terrorists running around the world trying to kill everyone who does not share their belief in Sharia Law – the infidels.  They hate Christians and want to kill us.  They yell the name of their blood-thirsty God before they start killing – and they don’t think it’s a big deal to die and plan to be rewarded handsomely  on the other side.

Isn’t it sad that they are rewarded for murder by their god – and I’m rewarded for loving others by mine?  Have you ever seen the annoying bumper sticker that says COEXIST – ?  Sigh…  well – I can’t think of a way that Christianity and radical Islam can do that – seriously.

It’s messed up to think that it could ever happen.  I’m not going to go looking for trouble, but neither do I condone letting this cancer spread until it gets bigger and bigger.

My God is just.  Life may not be fair – but I’m sure that God is.FIX OUR EYESAllah is not my God.  My God is about love, not hate.  My God is about life, not death.  My God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son, Christ Jesus, to die for everyone.  If you believe in Him you will be saved for eternity and when you die you will go to heaven to live with Him.  John 3:16.

Forgiveness, not revenge.  We accept diversity, but share our faith.  If any deny what we say, we accept it and walk away – but we continue praying for them.  We don’t hate or kill anyone who disagrees with us.  We just share – we plant seeds and pray that God will help those seeds to grow.

THEY'RE NOT GONNA WINGod is faithful and the battle is His.  He has a plan for you and one for me.  Be very vigilant in prayer and confident in His ability to take good care of you.  We serve a mighty God who is good and strong.  He knew from the beginning what was going to take place in the last days.  He will walk with us every step of the way.  🙂

 

JUST PRAY NO! WORLDWIDE WEEKEND OF PRAYER AND FASTING

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Against the persecution of a tyrant, the godly have no remedy but prayer.  – John Calvin

This is the last day of the JUST PRAY NO!  WORLDWIDE WEEKEND OF PRAYER AND FASTING.  Right now 200 million people face persecution for believing in Jesus and 60% of those people are children, according to Christians in Crisis International Ministry, a prayer advocacy ministry for persecuted believers.

If your faith won’t fit in the door that opens, then, I argue, do not walk through that door.  – DeVon Franklin

As Christians are being persecuted and killed for their faith around the world, it’s easy for us to feel helpless and defenseless – but when you stop to think about it, we have the greatest defense available – prayer!  We are a non-violent people, and we put our lives and the lives of our brothers and sisters around the world in God’s hands.

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.  – Philippians 1:21

We know that if we follow Christ, we win regardless.  That’s not the point.  The point is, even children are having their lives cut short because of such evil in the world – evil that believes there should be one religion – and it should not be Christianity.

I can’t think of any decision in my life big or small that I have not prayed my way through. – Roma Downey

I know many of you have a medical condition that keeps you from fasting for long periods of time.  You can still pray along with everyone else.  Fasting is a spiritual discipline that is much like the season of lent – where for a while we give up physical food and replace it with spiritual food.  I have to be careful because my blood sugar can dip down too low.  God takes very good care of me though because I’ve not had any dangerously low blood sugars.

It’s important to stay well hydrated, so keep a bottle of water with you during a fast.  Your body can live without food for a few days, but it can only go without water for a few hours.  Don’t let yourself get dehydrated.  I have a water bottle that is BPH free – it was not all that expensive.  I think I found it at Wal-Mart or somewhere like that.  It’s a good investment if you want to measure how much water you’re taking in.  Mine holds a liter.

Choose an instance where God’s people have been in peril, but God has seen them through safely.  There are many accounts, but here’s where my focus has been this weekend:

Then Nebuchadnezzar in furious rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought in; so they brought those men before the king. Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods and you do not worship the golden statue that I have set up? Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble to fall down and worship the statue that I have made, well and good. But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire, and who is the god that will deliver you out of my hands?”

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to present a defense to you in this matter. If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire and out of your hand, O king, let him deliver us. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods and we will not worship the golden statue that you have set up.”  – Book of Daniel

If you didn’t get to start yesterday, you can begin today.  Pray the Scriptures for those around the world who are suffering and dying just because they claim the Name of Christ.  I never dreamed I’d see such terror in my lifetime – but here we are.

We have to stay strong and remember to read our Bibles and pray.  This weekend is just one more opportunity to join together and lift our prayers to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.