Archive for February, 2017
This is one of the great promises in the Bible, repeated numerous times. It includes a sense of belonging in general, but goes much further. Apart from God, there is no eternal life. There is no real purpose in life without God, just a slow, painful journey to the grave.
When we are chosen by God and made part of his people, we discover meaning in the midst of absurdity. We have hope that can withstand any challenge. We have purpose, value, and, above all, life.
But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicaly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. (Acts 19:9)
Some people will not believe the truth and will even slander those of us who believe. The only way to not have this happen is to not tell people about Jesus. Offend some in our culture or offend God. Choose God over culture.
“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.” (Psalms 95:6–7)
We are neither coincidence nor accident. We were created. On purpose. Created by a loving God.
Today, let’s take time to worship our Lord and Creator!
But because our fathers angered the God of heaven, he handed them over to Nebuchadnezzar the Chaldean, king of Babylon, who destroyed this temple and deported the people to Babylon. (Ezra 5:12)
There are consequences to disobeying God. Sometimes he allows hard consequences in order to bring us closer to him. He knows best, so stay faithful.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
We need to confess our sin, both to ourselves and to God. God has promised to forgive us when we do so, and he always keeps his promises.
Confess your sins to God. Seek his forgiveness. He will cleanse you from what you’ve done wrong.
And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him. (Mark 15:20)
We often speak of the way that Jesus endured the crucifixion without lashing out at those who were killing him. But he also had to endure their making fun of him, Mocking him as he prepared to die for them. And for us.
“When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened.” (Jonah 3:10)
Prayer changes things. God reacts to the fervent pleadings of people who believe in him. He is anxious for a chance to forgive and will do so when people seek him.
Turn to God. Ask his forgiveness. Do the things that he asks of you.
God is faithful. God will forgive.
His parents did not know that this was from the Lord, who was seeking an occasion to confront the Philistines; for at that time they were ruling over Israel. (Judges 14:4)
God has plans that we may not know, and might not understand even if we did know. We are part of something bigger than ourselves.
“For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise. God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.” (Psalms 47:7–8)
Sometimes it doesn’t seem like it. The nations seem to be out of control. Satan seems to be on the throne. The Bible itself describes Satan as the prince of this world.
Yet God is the rightful King. One day, everyone will know that it is he and he alone who reigns over all. Satan will be defeated and destroyed. Sin will be no more. God’s kingdom will be visible throughout all creation.
For the Lord had said to Moses, “Each day one leader is to bring his offering for the dedication of the altar.” (Numbers 7:11)
Lead by example. This is true in families, in your circles of influence, and in the church. Lead by doing, not just telling.