Lessons Worth Re-Learning

This is my journey that the LORD Jesus Christ has taken me on in my life. So don't be surprised, this is a Christian site written by a Christian. Most of us have lived our Christian lives such that if we bloomed where we were planted, we'd be mushrooms in a cave! If you would like to subscribe to this blog, please send me an e-mail.

My Photo
Location: Farmington, New Mexico, United States

I am just like everyone else: I make it one day at a time with a little bit of humor. The Word of God is a fire in my heart that burns all the way down to my bones and I cannot hold it back. Jeremiah 20:9

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Resurrection Day!!!

This is the day when most Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ. But to be more accurate, it happened on the 17th day of Nissan, 3 days after Passover, or March 28th this year. Whichever day you celebrate, HALELUJAH!!!

Here is Mark 16 which concludes with the Great Commission. Those are His last instructions to us:

Mark 16 (ESV)

The Resurrection

1. When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3 And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?" 4 And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. 5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. 6 And he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you." 8 And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

9 Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 11 But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

Jesus Appears to Two Disciples

12 After these things he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. 13 And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.

The Great Commission

14 Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. 15 And he said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."

19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.

English Standard Version (ESV)The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers

Friday, March 29, 2013

Homosexuality and What I Believe

I hope and pray that there are still unwavering Christians in this life. People who will follow the LORD even to the death. Those who have not compromised their faith with complacency, unrighteously interpreting the WORD of GOD, diluting the personality and severity of our GOD.

Lot may have lived in Sodom, but the sin around him grieved him in his spirit. How many of us grieve on a daily basis the sin that is allowed to perpetrate itself in our society?

How about in our Churches? How many feel that tiny pain that is the Holy Spirit when we do something in agreement with the crowd even though we know it grieves God ?

How many pastors dilute their messages so as not to offend somebody and lose their attendance (and tithes)? It is already against the law to preach against certain sins, a pastor could get arrested right from the pulpit.

When GOD led the Israelites out of Egypt He gave them very specific instructions NOT to associate with the remnants of the inhabitants of the land that He (GOD) was driving out from before them. They were to kill them, annihilate them. Kind of harsh, you say? Well, now we don't go around killing people and I am not advocating any kind of hate crimes. So how does this relate to us?

Let me put it this way, GOD knew that logic is very pervasive. You can prove any point you want to with even twisted logic. Logic is an enemy of faith. Social pressure is very powerful as well. The more you become friends with someone of an opposing view, the harder it is to hold onto your own. "They aren't so bad." "I need to be more understanding." "Unity in diversity" "A loving god wouldn't be so limited in his view." And on and on.

So just how do we keep to the tenets of our faith in a modern society?

In the society as a whole, you have to remember that everyone is entitled to their own opinions. GOD created mankind with the ability of choice. We are singularly endowed that way. As a people of faith, belonging to a religion, we have sets of rules handed down to us from our GOD. Different religions have different rules, of course. The government has to keep the peace in a society. Therefore there are rules from the government concerning how we treat each other in a society. Here in America we have separation of Church and state. The government doesn't want religion to run them. By the same standard, government has no right telling your religion how to run itself or the members within the confines of that religion.

It would be so much simpler if everyone believed the same thing, wouldn't it? But we don't. That free choice thing again.

In the world and age we live in there are a myriad of peoples and points of view. We CAN'T possibly live one day without offending someone. And that is before we even start to talk about religion. We have to have respect for other people. But if you are going to join a certain religion, you have to abide by the tenets they believe in. If you are not ready to do that, then you shouldn't join. In other words, you do not have the right to change GOD into your image of what you think is right and wrong.

GOD says that the unbeliever cannot understand Him or His wisdom. They can only see their own point of view, or whatever satan wants them to know. Only The Holy Spirit of GOD can draw a person and reveal the truth to them. We are to be spreading the seeds of truth IN LOVE. May the Holy Spirit be our teacher and comforter today.

GOD also says that He hates sin (which is the commission or omission of something) but LOVES THE SINNER. And as Christians we had better ought to be treating people the same way. Otherwise we are hypocrites and giving our dear LORD and Savior a bad name in this world. Ooops! Too late. And you wonder why people hate Christians and religion in general.

We have the right to speak our minds. They have the right to speak their minds. We are not to fight about it. Let's all try to get along, ok?

That being said, I want you to read this passage from Ezekiel:
Ezekiel 3:16-21 (ESV)
A Watchman for Israel
16 And at the end of seven days, the word of the Lord came to me: 17 "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. 18 If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul. 20 Again, if a righteous person turns from his righteousness and commits injustice, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die. Because you have not warned him, he shall die for his sin, and his righteous deeds that he has done shall not be remembered, but his blood I will require at your hand. 21 But if you warn the righteous person not to sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he took warning, and you will have delivered your soul."

As a servant of GOD, I have the utmost respect and reverence for my LORD, and holy fear. If He tells me to say something, I'm going to. He holds the keys to death, hell, and the grave, people do not. It's kind of like telling your children not to play in the street, or whatever they want to do that might hurt them. They are going to kick and scream and throw a fit, but you have to stand firm. Otherwise they could get harmed! I raised 2 boys, I know what I'm saying. And I didn't always win the fight.

Jesus said in John 15:18-21 (ESV), 18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. 21 But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me."

There are things that GOD considers abominations, worse than breaking the commandments:
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (ESV)
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous[a] will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,[b] 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
[a] 1 Corinthians 6:9 Or wrongdoers
[b] 1 Corinthians 6:9 The two Greek terms translated by this phrase refer to the passive and active partners in consensual homosexual acts

Our great country that has been blessed since it's conception is headed for a great fall. It will be an act of GOD because of His judgement. People, homosexuality is wrong. It is a choice. Just like anything else you do. By engaging in this activity, you are telling GOD that He didn't create the human race good enough in the beginning. You are telling GOD that you know better than He does. You are that little kid standing up to his parents with a smart mouth.

Now, that is one problem. Number 2, you say you have the right to get married (for tax purposes?). A civil union would give you those tax breaks. Even common law relationships give you that. You can get married before a justice of the peace.

The problem I see is that you are wanting the government to tell religion to marry gay people. In other words, you want to get married with GOD's blessing. THAT IS AN ABOMINATION! Even in most all major world religions, GOD would never agree to that, and the government doesn't have the right to tell religion to do it anyway.

So why are these cases before the Supreme Court? Because unbelievers don't understand GOD. And they don't understand separation of church and state.

Homosexuality is not a fad, it's been around the whole time. It was used in pagan rituals. If GOD had not said "Do not steal" you would not have known not to steal. GOD has said not to pick up the practices of the heathen that He drove out. If you think you are a homosexual because of some physical condition, He says to keep your vessel (body) honorable by choosing not to engage in that kind of sex.

Number 3, you may say, "but I'm a Christian!" Your church is doing you a great disservice if they allow you to continue in sin. And they put themselves in danger of GOD's judgement as well. Anytime Jesus dealt with people, He would heal them, and then say, "Go and sin no more." You may be a believer in Jesus, but unless that puts you on the path of holiness, that does not make you a disciple. Even the demons believe, but at least they have the good sense to tremble. They know where they are going.

GOD doesn't hate you, and neither do I. He does hate sin, and more than that, He hates willful sin. You make the choices. We all make our choices. It could be gluttony (did you know there are more scriptures about gluttony than alcoholism?), or alcoholism, or thievery or whatever.

Let him who has ears to hear, hear.

English Standard Version (ESV)The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Lord Is My Light and My Salvation

Psalm 27 (ESV)

1. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold (refuge) of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
2. When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall.
3. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.
4 One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in His temple.
5. For He will hide me in His shelter in the day of trouble; He will conceal me under the cover of His tent; He will lift me high upon a rock.
6. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the LORD.
7. Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me!
8. You have said, "Seek my face."
My heart says to You, "Your face, LORD, do I seek."
9. Hide not Your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O You who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O GOD of my salvation!
10. For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the LORD will take me in.
11. Teach me Your way, O LORD, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies.
12. Give me not up to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and they breathe out violence.
13. I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living!
14. Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!

English Standard Version (ESV)The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Who is Jesus to you? Pt. 2

I'm sorry I haven't posted anything for a few days, but the LORD has had me in two separate studies and I didn't think to post some of the scriptures. There are well over 200 names for GOD in the Bible and when I sat down and just started jotting down the names of the ways He has revealed Himself to me in my life, 29 names came up.

That turned out to be a good exercise! Try it yourself, you may be surprised with what you come up with. GOD kind of whispers in your ear, "Remember when . . .". And "Don't forget this time!"

Here is another article from Charles Spurgeon. Enjoy!

Charles H. Spurgeon
Morning and Evening

Evening, March 25

"The Son of man."
John 3:13

How constantly our Master used the title, the "Son of man!" If he had chosen, he might always have spoken of himself as the Son of God, the Everlasting Father, the Wonderful, the Counsellor, the Prince of Peace; but behold the lowliness of Jesus! He prefers to call himself the Son of man. Let us learn a lesson of humility from our Saviour; let us never court great titles nor proud degrees. There is here, however, a far sweeter thought. Jesus loved manhood so much, that he delighted to honor it; and since it is a high honor, and indeed, the greatest dignity of manhood, that Jesus is the Son of man, he is wont to display this name, that he may as it were hang royal stars upon the breast of manhood, and show forth the love of God to Abraham's seed. Son of man—whenever he said that word, he shed a halo round the head of Adam's children. Yet there is perhaps a more precious thought still. Jesus Christ called himself the Son of man to express his oneness and sympathy with his people. He thus reminds us that he is the one whom we may approach without fear. As a man, we may take to him all our griefs and troubles, for he knows them by experience; in that he himself hath suffered as the "Son of man," he is able to succor and comfort us. All hail, thou blessed Jesus! inasmuch as thou art evermore using the sweet name which acknowledges that thou art a brother and a near kinsman, it is to us a dear token of thy grace, thy humility, thy love.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Who is Jesus to you? Pt. 1

This is another of my favorite videos (I have a lot!). I am going to be talking in the next few blogs about just who we believe Jesus is so I am laying a foundation down. Remember, or copy down what Dr. Lockridge said about "That's My King" to use later.

"He Is"
by Aaron Jeoffrey
from: ChristianLyricsOnline.com

In Genesis, He's the breath of life
In Exodus, the Passover Lamb
In Leviticus, He's our High Priest
Numbers, The fire by night
Deuteronomy, He's Moses' voice
In Joshua, He is salvation's choice
Judges, Law Giver
In Ruth, the kinsmen-redeemer
First and second Samuel, our trusted prophet
In Kings and Chronicles, He's sovereign

Ezra, true and faithful scribe
Nehemiah, He's the rebuilder of broken walls and lives
In Esther, He's Mordecai's courage
In Job, the timeless redeemer
In Psalms, He is our morning song

In Proverbs, wisdom's cry
Ecclesiastes, the time and season
In the Song of Solomon, He is the lover's dream

He is, He is, HE IS!

In Isaiah, He's Prince of Peace
Jeremiah, the weeping prophet
In Lamentations, the cry for Israel
Ezekiel, He's the call from sin
In Daniel, the stranger in the fire

In Hosea, He is forever faithful
In Joel, He's the Spirits power
In Amos, the arms that carry us
In Obadiah, He's the Lord our Savior
In Jonah, He's the great missionary

In Micah, the promise of peace
In Nahum, He is our strength and our shield
In Habakkuk and Zephaniah, He's pleading for revival
In Haggai, He restores a lost heritage
In Zechariah, our fountain

In Malachi, He is the son of righteousness rising with healing in His wings

He is, He is, HE IS!

In Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, He is God, Man, Messiah
In the book of Acts, He is fire from heaven
In Romans, He's the grace of God
In Corinthians, the power of love
In Galatians, He is freedom from the curse of sin

Ephesians, our glorious treasure
Philippians, the servants heart
In Colossians, He's the Godhead Trinity
Thessalonians, our coming King
In Timothy, Titus, Philemon He's our mediator and our faithful Pastor

In Hebrews, the everlasting covenant
In James, the one who heals the sick.
In First and Second Peter, he is our Shepherd
In John and in Jude, He is the lover coming for His bride
In the Revelation, He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords

He is, He is, HE IS!

The prince of peace
The Son of man
The Lamb of God
The great I AM

He's the alpha and omega
Our God and our Savior
He is Jesus Christ the Lord
and when time is no more
He is, HE IS!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Law of the Lord Is Perfect

Here is another of my favorite Psalms. As a matter of fact, vs. 7-10 is a song we used to sing in church. I think it really makes worship so much more powerful when you sing the scriptures!

Psalm 19 (ESV)

1. The heavens declare the glory of GOD, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.
2. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.
3. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.
4. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
In them He has set a tent for the sun,
5. which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
6. Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
7. The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul;
The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
8. The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
9. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever;
The rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.
10. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
11. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
12. Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
13. Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.
14. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight,
O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

English Standard Version (ESV)The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers

Friday, March 15, 2013

Nebuchadnezzar's Humiliation

This is a message we all need to take to heart. We all think more highly of ourselves than we should. Which one of us has said, "I am strong. I will never fail!" Or after the LORD has given you a great deliverance and you are enjoying His peace, after some time you notice that life goes on and the excitement you once felt is replaced with day-to-day affairs and even boredom. The kingdom in your heart needs to be submitted to the LORD and it is a signal to curl up in His lap more often. Remind yourself of the greatness of GOD and of all the wonderful things He has done for you. Try singing little psalms during the day, sing at the top of your lungs with Christian music as you drive your car. Lately I have been going to sleep at night in the arms of my savior, praising His Holy Name and thanking Him for specific things He has done in my life and the lives of my family (sons, actually). Notice the change in Nebuchadnezzar's heart.

Daniel 4:28-37 (ESV)
28. All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar. 29. At the end of twelve months he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, 30. and the king answered and said, "Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty?" 31. While the words were still in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, "O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom has departed from you, 32. and you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. And you shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will." 33. Immediately the word was fulfilled against Nebuchadnezzar. He was driven from among men and ate grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair grew as long as eagles' feathers, and his nails were like birds' claws.

Nebuchadnezzar Restored

34. At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; 35. all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, "What have you done?"
36. At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my majesty and splendor returned to me. My counselors and my lords sought me, and I was established in my kingdom, and still more greatness was added to me. 37. Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.

English Standard Version (ESV)The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The LORD will protect us from this generation!

Psalm 12 (ESV)

1. Save, O LORD, for the godly one is gone; for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.
2. Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
3. May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, the tongue that makes great boasts,
4. those who say, "With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us; who is master over us?"
5. "Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise," says the LORD; "I will place him in the safety for which he longs."
6. The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.
7. You, O LORD, will keep them; You will guard us from this generation forever.
8. On every side the wicked prowl, as vileness is exalted among the children of man.

English Standard Version (ESV)The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Enjoy the wonderful Psalms and receive the Blessings from God!

It occurred to me that when I read in Psalms, David is always saying things like: "For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you. The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers. You destroy those who speak lies; the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man."
Psalm 5:4-6 (ESV)

I used to identify with the evil person, the sinner, and because of that I was not opening myself up to His blessings, His mercy, His grace, all the positive things He also would say in the scriptures. I felt I had fallen through the cracks because of my sins. I wasn't worthy to receive His forgiveness.

OMG!!! This is such a lie from hell!!! As soon as I realized that as soon as I had repented, God was faithful and just to forgive me my sins and washed me clean from all my filth.

I read those passages now and remember what it was like to be unforgiven, but can concentrate now on the blessings that God wants to bestow on me! satan is the one who wants to keep us in the dark and not receive forgiveness. He is the one who reminds us of our failures and then hands us the baseball bat so we can beat ourselves up!

I continually read the scriptures now and all the blessings jump out at me and when I read about the wicked and satan reminds me of my sins, I say out loud, "God has said that I have repented. God has said that He has forgiven me. God has said that He sees me as the righteousness of Christ. God has said to leave me!"

And for once in a very long time, I have peace!

English Standard Version (ESV)The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers

Friday, March 08, 2013

Save Me, O My God

Psalm 3 (ESV)

1. O LORD, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me;
2. many are saying of my soul, there is no salvation for him in GOD.
3. But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.
4. I cried aloud to the LORD, and He answered me from His holy hill.
5. I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.
6. I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.
7. Arise, O LORD! Save me, O my GOD!
For You strike all my enemies on the cheek; You break the teeth of the wicked.
8. Salvation belongs to the LORD; Your blessing be on Your people!

English Standard Version (ESV)The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers

Sunday, March 03, 2013

A Reminder from the LORD

This is truly a Lesson Worth Re-Learning! God gave me this scripture February 13, 2006! His presence confirmed it then, He still confirms it. His Word is eternal. His love is eternal. His mercy is eternal. PRAISE THE LORD WHO REIGNS IN GLORY! FOR HIS LOVE IS EVERLASTING!

Isaiah 41:9-14 (ESV)

9. You, whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, "You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off";
10. fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your GOD;
I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
11. Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish.
12. You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them; those who war against you shall be as nothing at all.
13. For I, the LORD your GOD, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, "Fear not, I am the one who helps you."
14. Fear not, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel! I am the one who helps you, declares the LORD; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.

English Standard Version (ESV)The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Proclaiming Christ Crucified

1 Corinthians 2 (ESV)

1. And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of GOD with lofty speech or wisdom.
2. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
3. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling,
4. and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
5. so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

English Standard Version (ESV)The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers

I don't have this blog because I want to prove anything. I'm not wiser, holier, or better than anybody. If anything, I am weaker and more foolish. But GOD has let me sink to the lows that I have to come to trust Him more! I tell you about it so that you can come to trust Him too! GOD is great! And greatly to be praised! When the things of this life are shaken (because they are temporary) we know we have a Rock to hold on to (because He is eternal!)!!!!!

GOD doesn't hate us because we sin, He hates sin but loves us! He has done so much to ensure our places with Him in Glory! We can't earn it or get there any other way except to trust Him by faith!

Friday, March 01, 2013

GOD is my Strong Habitation

I just had to share this with everyone. I love Charles Spurgeon! He may be a little archaic in his speech, but he wrote during the 1800's (he died in 1892). But this devotional that I am reading, 'Morning and Evening' has so much encouragement packed into it, it is well worth your time to let his words sink in! Enjoy!

Morning, February 27

"Thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation." Psalm 91:9

The Israelites in the wilderness were continually exposed to change. Whenever the pillar stayed its motion, the tents were pitched; but tomorrow, ere the morning sun had risen, the trumpet sounded, the ark was in motion, and the fiery, cloudy pillar was leading the way through the narrow defiles of the mountain, up the hill side, or along the arid waste of the wilderness. They had scarcely time to rest a little before they heard the sound of "Away! this is not your rest; you must still be onward journeying towards Canaan!" They were never long in one place. Even wells and palm trees could not detain them. Yet they had an abiding home in their God, his cloudy pillar was their roof-tree, and its flame by night their household fire. They must go onward from place to place, continually changing, never having time to settle, and to say, "Now we are secure; in this place we shall dwell." "Yet," says Moses, "though we are always changing, Lord, thou hast been our dwelling-place throughout all generations." The Christian knows no change with regard to God. He may be rich today and poor to-morrow; he may be sickly today and well to-morrow; he may be in happiness today, to-morrow he may be distressed—but there is no change with regard to his relationship to God. If He loved me yesterday, He loves me today. My unmoving mansion of rest is my blessed Lord. Let prospects be blighted; let hopes be blasted; let joy be withered; let mildews destroy everything; I have lost nothing of what I have in God. He is "my strong habitation whereunto I can continually resort." I am a pilgrim in the world, but at home in my God. In the earth I wander, but in God I dwell in a quiet habitation.

Charles H. Spurgeon
Morning and Evening