“For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths, from the realm of the dead” (Psalm 86:13 NIV).
I encourage everyone to read this entire Psalm get a better understanding of the focus attempted here.
If it had not been for God’s great love for me, where would I be? If He had not provided deliverance, through Jesus Christ, I would still be on the path to hell!
Not that I’m a perfect person now, but when I look back at the things that I did, and remember the way I sometimes treated people, I can honestly say that “heaven was not an option” for me, then. I did not commit any murders–unless we count what I attempted to do to others by undermining their self-worth. I did not commit grand theft–unless we count stealing hearts deliberately and then letting them dangle and rot. There were days when I was not a very nice person. I did what I wanted to do with little thought for how my actions would affect others. I was on a mission to debilitate every male I met because of what had been done to me as a child. I was so foolish that I thought I’d never live past 50 and when people told me I’d end up in hell, I’d say, “well, it will be a party because everyone I know will be there.” How foolish is that?
But O how great is our God! It was His love that saved me and got me on the right path. He put people in my life who would not give up on me and they helped me to see that “heaven was not only an option; it was assured.”
So, if I offend anyone reading by praising God–please understand–I have a right and I will praise Him with everything in me. You don’t know like I know, what He’s done for me! You don’t know how He set me free–from anger and bitterness and unforgiveness. You don’t know how He saved me from the pit I was digging deeper every day for myself. You don’t know! I will praise Him every waking hour, in my sleep, online, in my books–wherever and whenever I can–I will praise His Holy Name. I know without a smidgen of a doubt, that had I been the only person on the planet, Jesus would have made that great sacrifice–just for me! If He did for me; He’ll do it for anyone else who chooses to receive His love! How great is His love towards us! Hallelujah! Thank God for saving me!
This analogy fits well with my book, “Saved, But Not Yet Delivered.”
“But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life” (Jude 1:20,21 NIV).
In this passage of scripture, we find a reminder that we are not to think too much about what “scoffers and unbelievers say or do” since they are operating without benefit of the Holy Spirit’s guidance in their lives. Indeed, we are told that they are only concerned with their fleshly desires and allow those desires to dictate their actions and influence others to do likewise.
But we are reminded that we can “build up our faith” and pray in the Holy Spirit to keep ourselves in right standing with God (receiving all His benefits) as we wait for the return of Jesus Christ for our eternal resting place. Upon reading all of Jude, we understand that the persecution and downright ridicule of believers is not new and we are warned that the things occurring right now, were foretold long ago. It’s just human nature. Whenever human beings think that appeasing flesh is more important than anything else, we have upheavals in spiritual matters (faith in God, etc.) and an open season on believers who dare to adhere to The Word of God and do so in public forums.
We know that God’s timing is not ours and we can rest assured that we will receive that eternal resting place promised to all believers and just as we will receive the promise made to us; so will others who choose not to believe, receive what they were promised.
Lord, have mercy on those who walk in unbelief and provide for them an opportunity to see You for who You are and what You mean in their lives. Stop the mouths of those who are influenced by the enemy and who would cause many to turn away from You and Your goodness. Provide those who do believe with wisdom and direction in promoting the Gospel so that we can stand before You, justified in being obedient, knowing we have done all we can do to bring others into a right relationship with You. Fill all with Your Spirit that we might have peace in the land while we are yet present in this realm until Jesus reappears. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!
“The blessing of the LORD, it make one rich, and he adds no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22 paraphrased).
For everyone who has ever tried a “get-rich-quick scheme” and failed, there is a way to assure riches and that way only comes from God through His blessings. Solomon understands that the blessing of being obedient result in abundant wealth. Just look at life!
When Solomon had an opportunity to receive great wealth from God, he asked for wisdom. And because he did not ask for wealth, and because he was obedient, he received great wisdom and abundant wealth, until he was influenced by his flesh instead of his faith in God.
But The Word reminds us that God has given us “power to get wealth” through the Holy Spirit. When we allow the Holy Spirit to reign in our lives, we can expect to see the promise made to Joshua (fulfilled in our lives) when God told him that “whatever he put his hands would prosper” when he was obedient.”
When God blesses a person, He does not add any sorrow (regret) to the blessing, but sometimes we end up with sorrow and regret because we did not know (had no wisdom) how to handle the blessing. We see this in those who have won large jackpots in lotteries and still end up miserable and broke. For many, who do not understand, the blessings of the Lord are not just material things, but happiness, joy, peace and good health. When we can appreciate these things and are willing to hear and obey, we have access to receiving great riches.
If we want great riches, we must hear and obey and have faith in His Word. Lord, give us wisdom in how to receive all that You desire to give us and in what to do with that knowledge and wealth so we can to help eliminate the struggles of others.
Worth thinking about!
This infrequently used blog has awakened for a timely guest post from Eddie Hatcher.
I’m a racist. There is no known cure, so best I can hope for is to minimize the symptoms. I’ve struggled my whole life to do just that, but I still can’t help but feel partially responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death. I carry this guilt because nothing I do is enough to combat the system I once gladly took part in.
I grew up in a small North Carolina town surrounded by farms and factories. What I learned about racism, I learned hanging out in hunt clubs, on farms, in country stores, and in gun shops. We often talked about race, but never about racism. Everyone knew that racism stopped existing after Integration. In our minds, we were not discriminating against anyone because of their skin color; we were simply describing the way people acted, their…
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“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance”(2 Peter 3:9 NIV).
Isn’t it good to know that God’s timing is not measured by our timing? Hallelujah! If His timing was calculated based upon how “we determine time,” most of us would be in trouble.
The Word tells us that Jesus is coming back–does not specify time–but for those who truly believe, we know He’s coming back. Many people have doubted The Word because they do not understand God’s timing. We are told in The Word that with God, “a thousand years is like one day and one day like a thousand years”. This is how God measures time. If we, as human beings, could ever get past the notion that we can–define, demonstrate, illustrate, or explain God based on our own finite knowledge of anything–God would have a better chance of accomplishing some things through us. As it is, we miss God’s best for our lives because we attempt to bring Him down to our level of thinking instead of allowing Him to bring us up to His level of thinking and doing.
He also reminds us that, “His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways”. Why? Because He’s God–the omniscient One, all-knowing God–the One who created us and not the other way around. Once we accept this simple fact, we put ourselves in position to receive His best–in His timing, not ours. Think about it! If we truly thought and acted like God, the world would be in a much better place because all we would do is “love one another” as He has commanded us to do.
So, the next time you get a little frustrated waiting to see God’s promises fulfilled in your life–know this! His timing is not ours, but He is not a man that He should lie. If He promised it, He will bring it to pass! Hallelujah!
“Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you” (Psalm 73:25).
The real question by the Psalmist here is, who can I really trust, but You, God? He acknowledges that there is nothing on earth worth having or desiring than God in his life.
Have we come to the end of ourselves and realize that we can do absolutely nothing without God in our lives? Do we realize that even when we fall short in His eyes, He is yet there to forgive and bring us back into a place where we understand His love for us?
There are times when I look at the things that take place in our society and wonder to myself if Jesus has any regrets about sacrificing His life for us. So many seem to take life for granted–they do whatever they want to do, treat people any kind of way, are totally thoughtless about the welfare and well-being of others–and they do all of this to make sure they have what they want, no matter how they get it. I shake my head when I watch the news with the horrors that I see committed against the vulnerable, the poor, and those who don’t look like the presiding policy-makers.
What have we come to when we do not recognize the plights of those who cannot fend for themselves? Why don’t we make better attempts to educate those who vote for law-makers when we know they do not understand the process? Why do we who know better, do nothing except complain?
Lord, forgive us for our apathy. Help us to take on your nature in caring for others and remind us daily that You are really the only One we can truly trust in times of need. Thank You for loving us and giving us chance after chance to get living right before You! Hallelujah!
We ask for Your intervention and for rain for the western states engulfed in flames that no life may be lost. We thank You for being a loving God, full of mercy and grace. We praise You for being the only wise God and thank You for hearing and answering prayers. In Jesus’ name, we pray and thank You, Amen!