“In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.” (1John 4:9 NKJV)
The Bible teaches us that sin is much more that simply breaking rules or commandments whether issued by man or God. Sin relates to our rebelling against God and His principles, but also to the falling short of His righteous standard. The problem is that our sinful nature prevents us from completely obeying God’s principles when we try and it propels us from Him when we are tempted to rebel.
Ps. 34:1 “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
David was in a difficult spot. He had just learned of the intention and determination of Saul to put him to death. He was now a fugitive, an outlaw. Although this was a low point in David’s life, he was still able to praise the Lord and look to him in spite of adversity.
“…Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. (Lam 3:22-23)
I have been a Verizon customer for almost 20 years. That is a long time to be a customer of any business really. Can they hear me now?
This morning as I was considering the promise of the rainbow in Genesis 9, the fact that it comes after the rain struck my heart. What a powerful picture that God will see us through the storm and gives the rainbow as a promise upon the dark and bleak backdrop of our sin and trial in this world. I may have broken every law of poetry, but I pray you are blessed.
Christmas is a wonderful and awesome time. We love the food, the smells and sipping hot chocolate or Russian tea by a warm fire. Hanging out with family and friends, attending musicals or concerts, and even the various Christmas parties, are all events we gladly participate in during this season. But probably the most notable aspect of Christmas is the giving of gifts and presents to one another.
“And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.” Matthew 27:51
No small miracle was performed in the tearing of so strong and thick a curtain; but it was not intended merely as a display of power—many lessons were contained in it.
Hebrews 2:9 – “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.”
“…do this in remembrance of Me.” (Luke 22:19)
On the night Jesus was betrayed He gave thanks for the bread and cup representing His body and His blood. His body would be broken so that man might not exist in a broken relationship with God any longer. And His blood that was shed on the cross reveals that His entire life was poured out and expended for the benefit, and on behalf, of mankind.
“And Abram moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.” (Genesis 12:8)
God had told Abram to get out of his country and go to the place God would show him. God’s commands rarely come with reasons, though sometimes we feel the right to demand them.
“Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening.” ~ Genesis 24:63
Isaac’s evening occupation was very admirable. If those who spend so many hours in idle company, light reading, and useless pastimes could learn wisdom, they would find more profitable society and more interesting engagements in meditation than in the vanities that now hold such appeal for them. We would all know more, live closer to God, and grow in grace if we were alone more often.