Hope does not eliminate hurt. Even Jesus wept at the tomb of a loved one.
not eliminate the feeling of hopelessness: “Abraham against hope believed in
hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which
was spoken, So shall thy seed be” (Romans 4:18).
not eliminate our participation in hope: “He that ploweth should plow in hope;
and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope” (1
abounds when our life is filled with God: “Now the God of hope fill you with
all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power
of the Holy Ghost” (Romans 15:13).
SINS THAT WE SIN There is something wrong with what is wrong. Society almost daily moves wrong things into the “it is now right column” and the sins that we sin are now brushed aside as normal human failings or wrongly conceived ideas from an uneducated past. Few acknowledge sin as serious or a “God problem” anymore. But Sin still breaks God’s heart and there are some truths you need to know about it. Sin is common (All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God-Romans 3:23), costly (The wages of sin is death- Romans 6:23) and very complex. Sin can be something INSIDE our heart or mind (lust, covetous) or OUTSIDE our body (murder, robbery). Sin can be the WRONG we do (think Ten Commandments) or the RIGHT we fail to do (“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin”-James 4:17). Sin can be disrespecting others (“If ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin”-James 2:9) or disregarding personal faith (“whatsoever you do that violates your faith is sin”-Romans 14:23). And Sin will find you out; some sooner, some later (“Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after” 1 Tim 5:24). God’s Grace is Good News about our sins. This does not mean, however, that we should “continue in sin, that grace may abound” (Rom 6:1). God thought Sin was so serious until He allowed His Son to die to pay its penalty. That’s intense!
All around us are wonderful wonders which can elevate and inspire us. Simply lift up your eyes “unto the hills of goodness” surrounding you instead of focusing on the mud and muck of media driven “drama” depressing and disheartening you.
The springing forth of nature from its winter drab into blooming flowers and trees is certainly a wonder and awe inspiring but I want to look at wonders that are a little deeper than that. I want to look beyond “eye candy” and wonder at the wonders of life.
The Timelessness of Time is a wonder. People are born and die. Nations rise and fall. But day after day there is day after day. There is coming a day when “there shall be Time no longer” (Re 10:6) but until that glorious day we should wonder at Time and use it wisely.
The fact that God put the earth into exactly the right orbit, in exactly the right universe, so it could support and sustain life, is a wonder. The marvel of Adam “knowing” Eve producing a world changing world of people on this earth, each with a unique personality and potential, is a wonder.
But the most wonderful wonder is that God would love a sinner like me, allow me to be born again into His family, empower me to live victoriously here, and then tell me I get to spend eternity in a wonderful place He has prepared me. No wonder I wonder at the wonders supplied by a wonderful God!
Love is the heart throb of any real relationship. Without Love, people exist in the same house as a corporation instead of for companionship (Corporations seek to profit from others. Companionship seeks a heart sharing partnership). Without real love family members end up in the same room staring at a TV, or a phone, or an IPad building walls of isolation instead of bridges of intimacy.
It does not have to be this way. Solomon said (Song of Solomon 8:7) that “if a man would give all the substance of his house for love” the price would be worth the result! Love will work if we work at love.
Find time to spend time with those you love. I understand that to many people a long leisurely talk on the porch sounds good but they are so busy they cannot even remember if they have a porch! Just remember that ten minutes of heart to heart with loved ones will have a much greater impact than six hours of “reality” shows, Snapchat, or killing a thousand aliens in a game.
We can keep the Light of Love burning brightly in our lives when we take time to “stroke the fires of love”. No matter how big your home, or how fancy your possessions, they are simply “things” without love and companionship. Make time for those you love (especially on Mother’s Day!) and joyfully see love making a difference in your life.
Jesus has victoriously returned to Heaven but it is important to remember four things He left when He left:
His personal Possessions: Jesus died on a borrowed cross (Barabbas), borrowed someone to care for His mother (John 19:26-27), and was buried in a borrowed tomb (Joseph of Arimathaea). He lived with nowhere to lay His head (Matt 8:20) and died without even a shirt on His back! [His Robe was gambled for at the cross]. Even His burial clothes were left in the tomb! Shouldn’t that make you reassess your priorities?
A Plan to change the world by changing people: Jesus left us with a Plan to reach the world with Good News, the promise of coming Power (Holy Spirt), and a Place of service in His Body. Now we are somebody with the power to do something!
A Promise of a prepared Place: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you (1 Peter 1:3 4). He left us hope for a home in Heaven.
A perfect Pardon:For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. (Hebrews 10:14). It is finished! Jesus left us with the knowledge that it is not God’s fault if you face God with your faults.
Does your idea of “love” violate the judgment of God (A thought far beyond this difficult illustration)
As American Society continues to collapse and God’s
judgement rapidly approaches my “thru the Bible reading” led me to a chilling
thought- Is kindness a kindness when the kindness may kill your kin and hinder
God’s judgment (When those who have food are approached by those who have made
no preparation should they give to a man who will probably turn into a mob
taking all your food and destroying your family?). The verse: Then said God, I will not feed you: that
that dieth, let it die; and that that is to be cut off, let it be cut off; and
let the rest eat every one the flesh of another (Zechariah 11:9).
When Jesus fed the multitude they were without
food for three days and were fainting in the way before He organized them into manageable
groups and ending up with more than He started with.
Isn’t this a thought for a lot of prayer and
Whose words and world view are shaping YOUR view of life?
The Influence of “Fake News”. TEN Bad Reporters caused an entire nation to disbelieve and disobey God so that an entire generation died in the desert! (And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. Numbers 13:32).
Waiting for a funeral to begin Friday I decided to write some of my life goals. 1) Something to say, somewhere to say it, and the ability to say it powerfully and correctly. 2) Blessed with enough that I can be a blessing to others. 3) Wisdom to know what to do and Knowledge to do it correctly. 4) Live by Faith until I can finally see Him face to face whom so long I have known heart to heart.
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. (Romans 12:9)
Dissimulation is a Greek word meaning without hypocrisy so Paul is telling us to have non-hypocritical love. I want to look at the various stages of love and see how we can experience love “without dissimulation”.
1) Coupling Love- Desire for companionship or to satisfy physical needs (First came to God because I wanted something done about the desire and control of sin).
2) Compulsive / Corrupted Love- “Dream World Love” that expects your partner to be perfect. Jealous love that wants to control (Had to learn that God’s people have pimples and it is God’s House to control, not mine).
3) Compelled / Circumstances Love- Staying together for the sake of the kids or for economic reasons (Some attend church because of the social stigma that would result if they quit. Others because of business connections).
4) Comfortable Love- Satisfied with each other- finish each other’s sentences (Many Christians are lukewarm. They show up at church and go through the motions because that is what they have been taught to do).
5) Committed Love- Take vows serious- Til death do us part. (Committed to a “heart that burns within us” when we walk and talk with God).