Friday, February 23, 2018

A Cherished Possession

A Cherished Possession
1 Peter 1:18-19
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Satan has lied to us in the down times of our lives. He has deceived us when we’ve been the most vulnerable and susceptible to physical or emotional attack. He’s lied to us about our worth in this life and whether we are valued by those we love most. The sad part is that we have listened to what he has said and allowed our hearts and minds to entertain those thoughts. We are all guilty of feeling defeated, stressed out, and lonely, from time to time. Culpable of replacing the truth of God’s Word with the harmful lies of Satan. If we listen to Satan’s lies and not to the Word of God, we will miss the joyous, radiant life Christ offers.

We cannot for one moment hope to attain self-worth from the world, the news, the TV, magazines, books, jobs, friends or family. Our worth comes from what Christ did for us on the cross and not what we can do for ourselves or for one another. We have been bought with a price, ransomed by the payment with an overwhelming cost. Every day we can take pleasure in His grace that He has so freely given us. 

We can indulge ourselves in His magnificent love–––an immense benefit of our so great salvation.  God has loved us through our darkest hours. He has lifted us up out of the pit of despondency when we needed Him most. He has planted our feet on a solid foundation and prepares our course. He has put a new song in our hearts with praise to God. He loves and cares for us, for He has mercifully and compassionately rescued us from sin.

Lord, thank You for rescuing me out of the pit of despair and redeeming me with Your precious blood.

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Love of Christ

The Love of Christ
Romans 8:31-39 KJV
 If God be for us, who can be against us?   

To separate means to disconnect, detach, breakup, split, parting (of the ways), estrangement, rift, rupture, breach, divide. Paul declares Christ’s love for us by posing this question; "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?" The fear of separation from God is not possible to those who are Christ’s. If we are truly born again by the Spirit of God, we can know and experience the boundless, unwavering love of Christ.  What security this brings to the believer. There is no need to ever fear the past, the present or the future––– we are secure and protected, in the love of Christ.

God assures us that the hard things in life are working for our good and not against us. He encourages us that we are more than conquerors through him that loved us (Romans 8:37). God may allow the trials of life to come so that He may use them in our lives for His glory. He will never desert us, for He is closest to us when we go through the most difficult times of our life. We, my friend, are victorious in Christ. We need not fear what may come into our lives because–––He gives the victory with no conditions attached.

Believers can experience defeat, discouragement or depression at times. Our God is concerned with the trials we face and what could cause us to give way to frustration or despair. All our suffering will one day be gone and we will be with Christ in glory. The best is yet to come for us and we are to anticipate His coming! What hope we have in Him who will one day take us home to heaven. This should cause our hearts to rejoice, knowing; victory is ours through Christ, who loved us enough, to die in our place. We are His beloved and nothing can separate us from His deep affectionate love.

Lord, thank You for Your sacrificial love shown on the cross of Calvary.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Challenging Christ

Challenging Christ
Luke 10:25-29

The lawyer in Luke 10:25-29 was known as an expert in the Talmud or the Law. He was trying to test Jesus and so cuts to the chase in asking Christ an extremely important question, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answers with a question, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” The lawyer is smart and attempts to challenge Jesus. He answers with, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

This could sound as though Jesus was teaching salvation by works and what the lawyer could do to inherit eternal life. If you want to be saved under the law, then do this. It is impossible for us to be saved by keeping the law. We cannot keep the law perfectly that’s why Christ came and died for our sins on the cross. We can do nothing to inherit eternal life it has been done completely, totally and entirely by Christ for us.

The lawyer was desiring to justify himself and prove confidence in the law. He asked, “Who is my neighbor?” He skipped the part about loving God and went directly to the neighbor. This was a clever trap that the lawyer set for Christ. He was trying to make the law achievable. Jesus upheld the absolute meaning of the law trying to get the lawyer to admit his failure in upholding the law flawlessly to the point of perfection. Can we love God or our neighbor purely and wholly? No, we are but sinners, hopeless before Him. If it were not for His mercies made new every morning (Lamentations 3:21-24), we could have no possibility of entering heaven. If it were not for His grace (Romans 3:20-24), to justify us by faith, we would be utterly and entirely without hope. Christ is the assurance of our eternal life.

Lord, thank You for my eternal security.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Have You Failed?

Have You Failed? 
I Samuel 15:24 
And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.

Benjamin Franklin once stated, “How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them!” There is an example of that truth found in (I Samuel 15:3,9). Saul, the first king of Israel, had been given a divine command but he failed to obey. When he was confronted by the prophet of God, Samuel, with his disobedience, Saul refused to admit his guilt. After continued rebuke, the king finally confessed, “I have sinned,” but with his confession, he gave an excuse for empty words (I Samuel 15:24). Because of his improper response concerning his sin, Saul’s kingdom was ultimately destroyed. It is foolish to indulge in our own lust and try to make a useless attempt to conceal our guilt.

Another example of one of God’s men failing in his duty as king was David. As Israel’s King, David reflected on his own guilt and afflicted state. Sleep escaped him, his energy was drained by emotional despair and he was feeling the chastisement of the Lord upon him. David’s problem was that he regarded the words of the Lord with little value and treated them lightly (II Samuel 12:9). Undoubtedly this meant that he had an improper view of God’s Word and of God Himself.

What is your view of God? Do you fear Him? Have you expressed your guilt before Him and repented of your sin? Have you experienced God’s grace not only in salvation but in repentance and restoration? Such great conviction and strength are given in Psalm 51 where we find David’s confession of sin and restoration of his spirit to the Lord. David could have easily thought that God had given up on him but in His great mercy and grace, God lovingly forgave him. 

Lord, I confess I am guilty before You and ask for forgiveness of my sin.