Friday, January 12, 2018

A Historical and a Biblical Guarantee

A Historical and a Biblical Guarantee
In the beginning days of becoming an independent nation, the 13 Colonies were determined to break the bonds of England’s insistent control. During the time of the American Revolution, Pierre Eugene du Simitiere was responsible for developing the design for the Great Seal along with our nation’s motto. The motto was written in Latin and read,  E Pluribus Unum meaning: “Out of many, one,”  “One out of many” or One from many.”  The Latin term Annuit coeptis reads, “He approves the undertaking” and Novus order seclorum is interpreted, “New order of the ages.” This was adopted by an Act of Congress in 1782. 

The saying, E Pluribus Unum was our countries’ first motto and stayed our first motto until 1956 when Congress passed an act adopting “In God We Trust” as our official motto. The words, E Pluribus Unum are written on the Great Seal of the United States and is still used today in our present-day currency and the Great Seal as a national emblem. It appears on official documents such as passports, the seal of the President, Vice President, Congress, House of Representatives, and the seal of the Untied States Supreme Court. 

A seal is a guarantee, a formal promise or assurance (generally written words) that certain conditions will be fulfilled. The greatest seal of all and of the utmost importance is the seal Christ has placed upon us. 2 Corinthians 1:22 says, “who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” There is one significant promise or guarantee Christ has given to us and that is He has promised to save us and give us eternal life. When we by faith, believe or put our trust in Him, He miraculously cleanses us from all sin, adopts us into His family and gives us everlasting life. Sola fide ("by faith alone”),  Sola gratia (“by grace alone”) through Solus Christus (“through Christ alone”) are important Latin words which deem us free and biblically guarantee liberty.

Lord,  my faith is in You.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Will I Hear?

Will I Hear?

 Psalm 85:8 
I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints:

The Lord is encouraging us to listen to His Word and His heart when He says, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).

The soul that hears the Lord and receives the words of comfort from His lips is truly blessed. The divine whispers of God cannot be compared to the complaints, protests, and grievances of this sinful world. When our ears listen to the voice of God and dismiss the voices from without, we are more inclined to hear what truth teaches. To have our eyes closed to exterior things and matters of this world and have our eyes fixed upon Christ, brings true contentment, rest and peace. 

The Lord gives understanding to the hearer and His Words are strength and life to those that listen. For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding (Proverbs 2:6). We are to write the Words of God on our heart (Proverbs 3:3) and meditate (Psalms 63:6) on them earnestly for temptation will come and we will need strength to overcome. We are to walk before the Lord in truth that we may be defended against the attacks of evil.

Are you listening and attentive to the truth of the Word of God? Is there a longing for knowledge and wisdom to live your life on His behalf?  In the still of the night, does He hear your prayer or do the clamorous voices of this world drown out His sweet voice?

Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee (Psalm 143:8).

Lord, I want to hear Your Word and heed what it is saying.