The word #Christian gets thrown around a lot these days. Some use it as a #putdown others wear it like a #shield. Is it the opposite of #atheist? Does it depend on where you were born or to which family? Are you a Christian because you joined a church or got baptized? What does the Bible say about true followers of Jesus Christ? How can imperfect people claim to be like Jesus? If Christ died for everyone, why isn’t everyone saved? Can you miss Heaven by 18 inches? We call Jesus, Lord and Savior. Many want Him as Savior but hesitate to make Him Lord. Can you do enough good deeds to get into Heaven? Does a Christian do good deeds? Why?
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The #bodyofChrist, the #bloodofChrist, what do they have to do with a #wedding? Today, we use the word ’betrothed’ to mean married, but it actually is a step in the process. Where did the groom stay during the process? How did the bride prepare? How did the groom arrive? What do all these customs have to do with us today? Who are the groom and the bride? As the bride waits, what is she supposed to be doing? In case, you couldn’t tell by his voice, Brother Tommy was always looking for the announcement of the groom’s coming. Are you excited yet? If not, how can you get ready?
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#Exercise is constantly mentioned for benefiting our #health, #strength, and #well-being. Whether we choose the latest strength developing gadgets, weights, stair climbers, treadmills or sport drinks, it seems they all work to stretch, extend, lunge. squat and hydrate. I had never equated the LORD with EXERCISE; however, as I was reading Jeremiah 10:24….”I AM THE LORD WHO EXERCISESLOVINGKINDNESS, JUSTICE, AND RIGHTEOUSNESS ON EARTH; for I delight in these things.’ declares the LORD.” Ps.36:5-9 “Thy LOVINGKINDNESS, O LORD extendsto the heavens. Thy FAITHFULNESS reaches to the skies. Thy RIGHTEOUSNESS is like the mountains of God. Thy JUDGEMENTS are like a greatdeep. O Lord thou preservest man and beast how precious is Thy lovingkindness…Theydrink their fill of the abundance of Thy house; and Thou dost give them todrink of the river of Thy delights. For with Thee is the fountainof life in Thy light we see light. O continue Thy LOVINGKINDNESS to those who know Thee, and Thy RIGHTEOUSNESS to the upright in heart. Let not the foot of pride come upon me. And let not the hand of the wicked drive me away. There the doers of iniquity have fallen; They have been thrust down and cannot rise.” “Do you not know: Have you not heard? The Everlasting God the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. . He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired and stumble badly; yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; “ Ps.40:28-31
Whose #looking at #YOU NOW? Ever play #hide and #seek? Jeremiah 23:24 “Can a man hide himself in hiding places, so I DO NOT SEE HIM: declares the Lord.”Which satellite, computer, tv, or phone is watching you? Yet, before all this technology existed Jeremiah 16:15,17 tells us “As the LORD LIVES…..MY EYES are on all their ways. They are not hidden from my face nor is their iniquity concealed from MY EYES” I am shocked with so many people wanting to expose their debased behavior before God and the world without shame. Jeremiah 32:19 “Lord, God great in counsel and mighty deeds, whose EYES ARE OPEN TO ALL THE WAYS of the sons of men, giving to everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds.” Jer.20:12 “LORD SEES THE MIND AND THE HEART” 1Sam.16:7″…. GOD SEES NOT AS MAN SEES, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD LOOKS AT THE HEART.”
Have you thrown away your #empty Valentine #heart shaped box after #searching, testing, and trying to get the best chocolate in the selection? The #Bible tells us that God looks, tries, and searches our hearts for the #sweet and the #bitter. “I, the LORD SEARCH the HEART” Jer.17:10 “Lord looks at the heart”1Sam.16:7 “For the LORD SEARCHES ALL HEARTS, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him: but if you forsake Him He will reject you forever.” 1Chron.28:9 “SEARCH ME, O GOD, and KNOW MY HEART; TRY MEand know my anxious thoughts; see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.” Ps.139:23
#Inflated or #Deflated are terms we have heard on every newscast lately addressing the football’s air pressure. This brings back my thoughts to rules, laws, standards of any game or sport or contest. There has to be an official to make the appropriate call according to the rules of the game which can be challenged by a review/replay in football. How does this work with our game plan for living our life? Have you seen people totally deflated/depressed or others arrogantly puffed/ inflated with self importance? We are to ‘stand guard at our station to keep watch for God’s Word’ just like Habakkuk. Hab. 2:4 “Behold for the proud one , His soul is not right within him; but the righteous will live by his faith.” Bible speaks of “WOE” which is a miserable state. “Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity….Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil..” Is.5:18-22 The Living Lord is the head official for our game of life and He already has an instant review…. HIS PREVIOUS CALL STANDS! ISAIAH 3:13 “THE LORD STANDS UP TO JUDGE THE PEOPLE”
Are you #driving yourself #faster and faster, yet always #behind? In our fast-paced #society, are you on a purposeful path or just trying to get to the next quick fix? A champion runner, Oswald Chambers said, “Never run before God gives you His direction” First we have to ASK GOD as in Ps.143:8 “Show me the way to go,for to you I entrust my life“ No one likes to ask for directions when traveling, but all of us need instruction on long uncharted paths. “I know, O LORD, that a man’s way is not in himself; nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps. Correct me LORD” Jer.10:23 “The mind of man plans his way, but the LORD DIRECTS his steps“ Prov. 16:9 “Now may our God and Father Himself and Jesus our Lord DIRECT OUR WAY to you and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all men, just as we also do for you; so that He may establish your hearts unblamable in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints” 1 Thess.3:11-13 Drive safely on your life’s journey following true Heavenly Directions to that great meeting!