Friday, October 24, 2014

~ "The row we hoe..."

"But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning; for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble."  (Ps 59:16)

God's constant love is our place of safety in a wicked world.  He is our strength, our comfort, our refuge throughout our lives.  There is NOTHING that touches us that has not passed through his hands first, so we know that even though these "happenings" do not feel like blessings when they are occurring, they will, at some point, be revealed as such.  We need only wait on the Lord.

The wicked are never satisfied.  They are always looking for more.  They do not have the peace within themselves that comes from knowing God.  Until such time that they have accepted their place in the grand scheme of things, they will forever search for more.  They aren't willing to relinquish their self professed importance, nor are they willing to bow the the power of God and accept what he has deemed righteous and just.

All in all, we, as Christians, need to remember that only by the grace of God are we saved.  We, too, could have remained ignorant when called...but we chose wisely.  We chose Jesus.  Not all who call themselves "Christians" have chosen to follow without a complete and total commitment.  Some have chosen to acknowledge that Jesus is the Messiah and that only through him are we saved, but have denounced the very word of God calling it outdated or even extinct.  God's word does not change to fit society; society is tasked with changing to abide by God's word.  It comes down to a very simple question:  who is the Master?

Don't look to re-write what is perfectly written.  Believe and hold the truths contained in the Word with respect and reverence.  This is what the Father has said to us.  This is our constitution for a better way of life.  This is the foundation for blessings.  This is the Word of God!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

~ "Gone from bondage..."

"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."  (Gal 5:1)

Christ died to set us free from sin and from a long list of laws.  We are not free to do what we want simply because that would lead us right back into the sin created by our selfish desires.  We are, because of Christ's sacrifice, able to live unselfishly.  This freedom is not permission to have our own way (through sin).

There are so many areas that we must be cautious in: sexual immorality, lust, hostility, jealousy, anger, conceit, envy, murder, idolatry, drunkenness, cheating, adultery, greed stealing, lying, and the list goes on.  We'd be better off to focus on the virtues as opposed to the vices: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.

Although we are no longer bound under the law, we are bound by faith.  Faith in what was done for us, faith in what will be given to us and faith in what our Savior taught us through his example.  His parables hold so much knowledge and serve as a mean to teach, causing us to think "outside the box".  We are no longer confined by strict laws, yet we are still bound by them.  We are given the freedom to choose the way we worship, the time we worship and extend of our worship.  We are even free to not worship, although that's probably not in anyone's best interest.  The bottom line is we have a choice.

Choosing to go through life doing what we desire, telling all those who will listen that on our death bed we can accept Jesus fully, is not a wise choice.  I know far too many people who live their lives with that goal in mind.  Live your life as Christ instructed us to live it.  Don't wait for the last minute to get your affairs in order.  Live your whole life as that son or daughter of the King - live it with honor, live it with meaning and set an example that exemplifies Christ!