A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

Have you ever felt like you just don’t fit in?  I have!

Most of us have felt like the odd man out at one time or the other.  It’s particularly sad when you feel that way in God’s house.  It seems that a group of people, imperfect as we are, while committed to the ways of God, should make some effort to be inclusive instead of forming little secret clubs within the body.  It’s maddening to those who are looking on from the outside.

A cardinal rule of blogging is that you are never to repeat yourself…  and I’m about to break the rule…  at the risk of repeating myself, I will say, WHOSOEVER MEANS ANYONE.  God doesn’t care about what you did yesterday, but He cares a great deal about what you will do today and from this moment on.  People are not as forgiving, sadly – they like to throw things up at you – but we’re just going to pray for them and keep moving forward for the Lord.

Christ wants everyone to be saved and live forever with Him in Heaven.  It’s His desire that you be in the ark of safety, because one of these days, He will come back to take His own to Heaven.  I don’t know when that will be – nobody knows except God.  Jesus doesn’t even have that information.  But one day, God will tell Jesus it’s time to snatch us up – and there will be no time to be saved at that point – it will be too late for anyone who has not made a decision to follow Christ.

Have you ever been in a church that seemed too good to be true?  Everything just seems to run as smooth as silk and the people are all happy?  That’s the congregation that has found the real secret – they know that each of them as individuals has to have a great relationship with their Heavenly Father, through His Son, Jesus, before they can relate to each other.  When we practice the Fruits of the Spirit, we will practice the principles with one another – won’t we?  There won’t be a lot of pride or rudeness.  We will mesh because we know that the LORD said…  WHOSOEVER – it means me – and it means you.  You’ve not gone too far down the spiral – that’s the enemy talking.  Just turn from it and run to God – right now.  There’s not a sin that God through Christ will not forgive except the sin of rejecting Him.

Once you are in His loving arms, find support in a church where you feel His Spirit at work.  Learn and grow in your faith.  Today is the day to be saved.  Tomorrow may be too late.  Be a part of God’s beautiful puzzle – His masterpiece.

God so often speaks to my heart through music.  Today I have an especially nice hymn running through my mind – it’s an oldie but a goodie.  Enjoy!

I am happy today, and the sun shines bright!  🙂

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

Yesterday we talked a bit about faith.  Today I want to continue with this portions of Scripture and talk about baptism, which is an outward expression of an inward work done by God’s Holy Spirit when we’re saved.  My baptism was sort of funny – my pastor was a sweetheart, but he was even shorter than me when I was 13 years old – and I’m short!  I remember having some fear that he wasn’t going to be able to get me back up out of the water.

Now…  you have to understand – I have a horrible fear of water.  I know it’s irrational – but when I was about 7 years old, my dad decided that I was going to learn to swim – and he got tired of trying to teach me – so one afternoon he threw me in the deep end and thought I was going to figure it out.  I didn’t.  I sunk like a stone!

So, knowing that this slight built, short man was going to be in charge of keeping me from drowning…  well – it left me less than confident.  I know Brother Clopp (yes, that’s his real name) had probably done hundreds of baptisms – and I wasn’t going to back out because I knew that if I did drown, I’d be okay – I mean…  I was saved, so…

I know some would recommend that I just skip it – saying that God would understand.  I just felt like I had to be baptized.  It must be an important step because even Christ felt He should be baptized.  It must matter – and most  people understand the significance – when you go under the water you are symbolically ridding yourself of your old life – your old self is gone – and as you come out of the water, you are a new person – and I can’t explain it – but that’s really how it feels!  It’s like you are clean and forgiven and life will never be the same.

I’m so very thankful that whosoever means me too!  Believe on the name of Christ and you’ll be saved.

We’re washed and covered with Christ – then there’s water baptism…  an outward symbol representing the inward work.  🙂

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

Why is there a music staff at the top of this design?  Well, I’m glad you asked…  because every time I read these verses, I SING THEM!  It’s one of many songs I learned as a child and I can’t shake it – not that I’d want to…  but earworms can be…  um – distracting.  Every teacher will tell you that memorizing Scripture is easier if it’s done with a tune – and it’s true.

I taught Sunday School for over 30 years…  I have a lot of Scripture earworms, but this one is my favorite.  I love that calypso beat – and imagined myself relaxing on a beach somewhere on particularly stressful days.  Hey – every child is not well-behaved, but for the most part I taught some sweet kids, I must say.

Just as Amazing Grace is a favorite hymn worldwide, this is without a doubt the favorite portion of Scripture for Christians everywhere!  Why?  Because it sums up the gospel of Jesus Christ and His sweet promise to those who will believe with their whole heart and mind.  We are promised eternal life with Him.  That’s quite a promise indeed!

Equally as exciting is that God didn’t send His Son to earth to condemn us – there is no condemnation.  For those who have accepted Christ into their hearts and lives…  there is only salvation!  We don’t even have to think about condemnation of any kind – and if that doesn’t make you happy in the Lord, I don’t know what would.

Why would God’s children want to suck lemons instead of drink sweet lemonade (sweetened with Splenda, of course)?  Christians have a great reason to smile…  we have a blessed HOPE.  So many times, though, we look a bit like…

I mean – unless you are Stonewall Jackson, who ate lemons (skin and all)…  there’s no reason to be sour.  Because lemons are so sour, they are to be used sparingly – a slice in your water or tea.  It improves your alkaline and rids your body of acid.  An acidic body tends to promote cancer.  Yet Stonewall Jackson died in spite of his lemon eating habit…  huh.

But… sour is not the reaction we expect when such good news is announced!

Praise God for His indescribable gift to you.  Words don’t do it justice…  ’nuff said.  🙂