Friday, April 23, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I love this passage of scripture! Here is what is popping out to me today:
He loves me.
I want to seek Him early --- early each morning and early before making decisions or taking a certain path. Seek Him early for my children (praying now for their future spouses, etc.)
Here's the Greek:
a) (Qal) to look for diligently, seek
b) (Piel) to seek, seek early
With Him are honor, durable (!) riches and righteousness. Ahhhh.....peaceful.
The fruit He yields is priceless.
Walking in righteousness and justice, He causes those who love Him to inherit substance. Inherit substance! I love that!
To look more closely at these scriptures, click here: Blue Letter Bible
What is popping out at you today from these scriptures?
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Some things in life just leave me scratching my head. Sometimes things just don't make sense. Why is my rain coat "dry clean only"? Seriously. Rain coats are made to get wet. Why are they often "dry clean only"? I'm sure it has something to do with the fabric and so on and so forth, but really....can't I just wash it on the delicate cycle in my washing machine? Scratch, scratch, scratch my head.
While there are many things in this life I don't understand, there are some things for sure: the treasures of truth in God's Word are sure and trustworthy. In freedom I raise my hands and proclaim, "I know nothing except Jesus Christ and Him crucified." And with sharing that message of the gospel, the Spirit's power is demonstrated, and faith rests on God's power. How perfectly beautiful!
God's power. Not men's wisdom. No scratching my head there!
Knowing Christ, Him crucified and raised from the dead is sufficient. That's the gospel. The gospel itself holds God's power for those who believe. "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile." Romans 1:16
"Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commands." Deuteronomy 7:9
I know God's ways are not my ways. His thoughts are not my thoughts. Oh how freeing! "'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,' declares the LORD. 'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.'" Isaiah 55:8-9 I don't always understand God's ways and what He is working out in my life, the lives of those I love and in the world. But I do know a few things for sure. I know Love. I know God loves me perfectly. I love my family more deeply than I ever could have imagined. I know my family loves me. I know this: "God is love." 1 John 4:8
I know His ways are perfect. His Word is flawless. He is my shield. "As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him." Psalm 18:30
I find such freedom in not knowing so much and in not resting in men's wisdom. I find freedom in seeking out His ways, His precepts, His Word, Him. "I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out Your precepts." Psalm 119:45
I certainly don't know all the answers, but I am content knowing the One who does. I don't claim to know it all, I only claim to know the All-In-All, His grace, His mercy, His forgiveness, His truth and His perfect love.
What are you scratching your head about? And what do you know for sure?"Jesus said, 'If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'" John 8:31-32
"Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent." John 17:3
"For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power." 1 Corinthians 1:17
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Saturday, April 10, 2010
"Then the word of the LORD came to me: 'The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. Then you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you. Who despises the day of small things? Men will rejoice when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.'" Zechariah 4:9-10
Friday, April 9, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Isaiah 49:5 (NIV)
As we celebrate our Risen Savior, let's consider the sacred "Womb With A View"...
Jesus loves the people of the world perfectly and completely. We needed a Redeemer because of our sin, rebellion and independence from God. Jesus’ view from Mary’s womb must have been both glorious and heart-wrenching. His creation and His people spread out before Him, He viewed the necessity of the cross. With His death and resurrection on the horizon, He viewed the new life that only His saving grace could bring. “…how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!” Romans 5:15 (NIV)
“Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother's breast. From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother's womb you have been my God.” (vv. 9-10)
“I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death. Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing. But you, O LORD, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me.” (vv. 14-19)
“The poor will eat and be satisfied; they who seek the LORD will praise him— may your hearts live forever! All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations.” (vv. 26-28)
“They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn—
for He has done it.” (v. 31)
Romans 3:21-16, “But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.”
"Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord." Philippians 2:5-11