Have you ever tried to build a structure? A #master #builder follows the #blueprint. My grandfather built the city hall, the brick church with sainted glass windows, and numerous homes many years ago in Clarendon, Texas. Then my father became a master carpenter following in his father’s footsteps. As a child, I remember seeing construction plans spread out on the table with detail instructions for commercial buildings. He would explain the ratios set forth on each sheet which had to be followed to insure the stability and integrity of the structure. Details were integral for a solid foundation. Today as I read the Bible, I am in awe of “THE MASTER BUILDER” as I see His blueprint “THE BIBLE” spread out on my table. 1Corinthians 3:9-16 “We are laborers together with GOD: you are GOD’S husbandry, you are GOD’S building. The grace of GOD which is given to me, AS A WISE MASTER BUILDER, I have laid the foundation, and another builds thereon. Take heed how he builds for other FOUNDATION can no man lay than is laid -which is JESUS CHRIST. If any man builds upon the foundation of gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble then every man’s work shall be shown up for what it is. If man’s work abides he shall receive a reward. Know that YOU ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD AND THE SPIRIT OF GOD LIVES IN YOU.”….23.”YOU ARE CHRIST’S, AND CHRIST IS GOD’S” Genesis 1:26 “GOD SAID, ‘LET US MAKE MAN IN OUR IMAGE AFTER OUR LIKENESS”
What does the word #redeem mean? It means to purchase back. Why does the #Bible use this term for #salvation? The unsaved are slaves to what? Another thing we are called before being redeemed is lost. God promises to do what when the lost cry out to Him for help? Those without the Lord are compared to prisoners, too. How do these prisoners break free from the condemnation of sin? What is the relationship between sin and sickness? Have you ever noticed in yourself or others the ways of sin tossing people about like sailors on the open sea? Who wouldn’t want a solution to these terrible situations? And once redeemed, who wouldn’t be grateful to the one who saved them?
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Is there someone who gives you #pleasure just to be in their presence? With all our electronics, video, TV, and phones, I observe less and less actual personal encounters. People seem to fear eye to eye contact. As I was growing up many years ago, I remember hearing …”Look me in the eyes and tell me that!” Today I hear, ‘what is right made out to be wrong and what is wrong being said it is right’. Now I know God can look through all this smoke screen of players and see the truth. Can the LORD find pleasure in you, His creation? I say, “YES” because His Word tells me so! Psalm 149:4 “For the LORD TAKES PLEASURE IN HIS PEOPLE; HE will beautify the meek with salvation” What a blessed promise from our LORD! Ps.16:11 “GOD will show me the path of life: IN GOD’S PRESENCE IS FULNESS OF JOY; AT HIS RIGHT HAND THERE ARE PLEASURES FOREVERMORE” < Now is the time to turn your eyes upon Jesus>
#Grace is not just a girl’s name. The definition I like is that grace is God’s unmerited favor. Here, Brother Tommy leads us through the passage that ends with, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ That is one of my favorite verses. But what does it mean? What is the purpose of God’s grace? Is it just to save us from damnation, or is there more to it? We are then called to serve, but for whose glory? What did Paul show us about the power of God’s unmerited favor? How can we, like Paul, live contentedly and accomplish great things for the Lord no matter our circumstances?
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Which #way do I go? All #roads do not take you to your desired #destination! In years passed the Indians had a scout to direct their path, and vikings looked to the stars for their guidance in sailing the seas. Today most drivers follow their audio GPA. Have you ever been taken in circles from those directions? We were driving in the smokey mountains using this “new” technology and kept seeing the same car passing in opposite direction. Each of us was being given instructions that lead us around the mountain in the same circling path. Then recently my granddaughter got a new car in which she was driving the family to lunch using the latest technological guidance system. I said, “oh, just one more block on the left”; however, Artificial Intelligence said, “Turn Here to your right” It was an alley that lead to an empty backlot parking lot of an abandoned building! As we looked out across a busy roadway – there was our restaurant! Why am I telling you all this? Because we need to follow the correct path in our life. (Is.30:21) We all make wrong turns, but corrections are possible with the right guide showing us the way. Isaiah 40:3 “Voice of him that cried in the wilderness, ‘Prepare you the WAY OF THE LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and rough places plain.” Dueteronomy 8:6 “You shall keep the commandments of the Lord to WALK IN GOD’S WAYS” Ps.18:30 “WAY OF GOD IS PERFECT” John 14:6 “JESUS said, I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE NO MAN COMES UNTO THE FATHER BUT BY ME.” HABAKKUK 3:6 “GOD’S WAYS ARE EVERLASTING” I choose to follow His way….”JESUS said to them, FOLLOW ME”