The Race

 

 

It’s sad, really.

Just the other day I heard of an athletic competition where a player was intentionally injured by opponents in order to insure a victory.

Also, this week I watched a movie where the same type of thing occurred.

Someone occupying first place in a race tried to actually injure who was in second place.

If they were no longer competing, that would secure a certain win.

But what kind of victory would it have been?

Not one to be proud of, that’s for sure.

In many competitions, the stakes are high.

In the participants’ minds, there is much to lose and much to gain.

Trying their hardest, many times there is only one winner.

A single prize won or lost.

How happy we should be to know that we are not competing for God’s love, His forgiveness or His blessings!

God’s love is not limited to a specific amount.

There is no need to discourage others from accepting His love in order to be assured that there will be love enough for you and me.

We are not competing against each other to earn the coveted prize of salvation.

Jesus purchased that prize for us when He died on the cross in our place.

Like a cross country race, we are all running at our own speed.

It is our privilege to welcome others onto the course to run with us.

And as we run, it is our joy to encourage each other with every step, even pausing to care for the needs of those who may have stumbled and fallen along the way.

But what about the finish line?

It’s in a different place for every participant.

We don’t have to be faster, better, smarter or richer to gain approval.

Jesus has won the victory over sin and death for us.

If He had not given His life, we would all be lost.

Because He did, those who accept Him as their Savior are gained.

 

 2 Timothy 4:7-8:

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

 

 

 

 

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And Not Only to Me

 

 

 

It’s sad, really.

Just the other day I heard of an athletic competition where a player was intentionally injured by opponents in order to insure a victory.

Also, this week I watched a movie where the same type of thing occurred.

Someone occupying first place in a race tried to actually injure who was in second place.

If they were no longer competing, that would secure a certain win.

But what kind of victory would it have been?

Not one to be proud of, that’s for sure.

In many competitions, the stakes are high.

In the participants’ minds, there is much to lose and much to gain.

Trying their hardest, many times there is only one winner.

A single prize won or lost.

How happy we should be to know that we are not competing for God’s love, His forgiveness or His blessings.

God’s love is not limited to a specific amount.

There is no need to discourage others from accepting His love in order to be assured that there will be love enough for you and me.

We are not competing against each other to earn the coveted prize of salvation.

Jesus purchased that prize for us when He died on the cross in our place.

Like a cross country race, we are all running at our own speed.

It is our privilege to welcome others onto the track to run with us.

And as we run, it is our joy to encourage each other with every step, even pausing to care for the needs of those who may have stumbled and fallen along the way.

But what about the finish line?

It’s in a different place for every participant.

God is in charge of it all.

We don’t have to be faster, better, smarter or richer to gain approval.

Jesus has won the victory over sin and death for us.

If He had not given His life, we would all be lost.

Because He did, those who accept Him as their Savior are gained.

 

 2 Timothy 4:7-8:

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

 

 

 

 

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Transformed by Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each person who entered the building was given a candle.

At the close of the evening church service, we sat in almost complete darkness.

One candle was lit.

With the flame from that candle, another was caused to light.

Within moments, the entire room was aglow.

The actual structure of the church has stood for decades.

Since that time, many have come to mature in their faith, worship God and serve others within those walls.

Some have passed from this life to the next, being transformed for eternity.

Though their hair may have turned gray as their skin wrinkled with time, all was renewed in God’s presence.

As candles were raised in the darkened room, a transformation of light took place.

What was unseen was seen; what had been seen now appeared differently.

A transformation of light signifying a transformation of life.

One day, we will be changed….

 

For we know that when this tent we live in—our body here on earth—is torn down, God will have a house in heaven for us to live in, a home he himself has made, which will last forever.  And now we sigh, so great is our desire that our home which comes from heaven should be put on over us;  by being clothed with it we shall not be without a body.  While we live in this earthly tent, we groan with a feeling of oppression; it is not that we want to get rid of our earthly body, but that we want to have the heavenly one put on over us, so that what is mortal will be transformed by life. God is the one who has prepared us for this change, and he gave us his Spirit as the guarantee of all that he has in store for us.

—2 Corinthians 5:1-5

 

 

 

 

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Cry Out

 

 

 

I don’t sit there as much as I would like to.

There is a small patio area in my back yard.

When I do find myself there, it is usually to enjoy the quiet of natural surroundings.

A place to gather my thoughts.

I have watched birds fly above me and listened as the engines of jet planes carried their passengers across the sky.

I have stood on the concrete at night, gazing at the stars.

What prayers have I prayed from that spot?

Though I have forgotten, God has not.

Wherever I am, He is with me.

When I call to Him, He hears.

 

 

He is near to those who call to him,
    who call to him with sincerity.

–Psalm 145:18

 

 

 

 

 

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Belong

 

 

 

Looking up at the sky, it seemed more vast than ususal.

The clouds were in a scattered array, puffy and white against a brilliant shade of blue.

The sun was the centerpiece, glowing white in the mid-afternoon.

I was glad to have the opportunity to just enjoy the canopy of light that God had crafted in the sky.

 

To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.

—Deuteronomy 10:14

 

 

 

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No Other Name

 

 

 

He came back over and over….

My friend has a bird feeder suspended from a tree in her backyard.

A cardinal was particularly interested in the seed that had been placed within it.

The tiny kernals were not hidden from view.

In fact, they were displayed openly through a clear plastic window.

It just seemed to make sense to the bird to fly with ease up to the feeder and enjoy the provision that was made for him.

He wasn’t afraid of it.

It looked good and it was.

Why is it that some people see God’s provision of salvation being proclaimed to them, yet they seem to fear actually making the decision to move closer for personal inspection?

Every church building is a visual invitation to consider God.

Every Bible lying on a waiting room table or a bookstore shelf silently calls to our hearts to acknowledge the Creator of Heaven and Earth.

Day after day, people choose to move away from what they really need—forgiveness from God and the gift of eternal life.

It’s somewhat difficult to imagine that cardinal flying by the feeder and choosing instead to search in the leaves on the ground, hoping to find something to eat.

Why should it be so with people?

 

 

 "Jesus is

“‘the stone you builders rejected,
    which has become the cornerstone.’

 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.

 —Acts 4:11-12

 

 

 

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Come Near

 

 

How significant is ten minutes?

This weekend, from two different sources, I have been drawn to the realization of how important it is to spend time with God.

A speaker I was listening to suggested that just ten minutes a day spent in Bible reading could be life changing.

In a devotional that I read, connecting with God was encouraged.

When certain ideas come to me from multiple origins, I take note.

It’s time for me to pay careful attention.

I truly do want to hear from God.

Reading the Bible will only bring about good in my life.

He is reminding me of that truth.

 

Come near to God and He will come near to you.

–from James 4:8

 

 

 

 

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The Bright and Morning Star

 

 

I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify

unto you these things in the churches.

I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

 

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.

And let him that heareth say, Come.

And let him that is athirst come.

And whosoever will,

let him take the water of life freely.

 

—Revelation 22:16-17

 

 

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Be Still

 

 

 

 

Is it hard for you to be still?

Is it difficult for you to let go of your concerns?

Consider these translations of Psalm 46:10:

He says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." 

(New International Version)

Let go [of your concerns]! Then you will know that I am God. I rule the nations. I rule the earth.

(God’s Word Translation)

It’s one thing to stop moving–to be still in that sense.

It’s quite another to let go of concerns.

Becoming quiet and still in our innermost being allows us to consider who God is.

Considering who God is can bring us to the place where we can let go of our concerns, trusting Him with them.

 

 

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Unfailing Kindness

 

 

 

 “At that time,” declares the Lord, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they will be my people.”

 This is what the Lord says:

“The people who survive the sword
    will find favor in the wilderness;
    I will come to give rest to Israel.”

 The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying:

“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
    I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
 I will build you up again,
    and you, Virgin Israel, will be rebuilt.
Again you will take up your timbrels
    and go out to dance with the joyful.
 Again you will plant vineyards
    on the hills of Samaria;
the farmers will plant them
    and enjoy their fruit.
 There will be a day when watchmen cry out
    on the hills of Ephraim,
‘Come, let us go up to Zion,
    to the Lord our God.’”

 —Jeremiah 31:1-6

 

 

 

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From Those Who Are Wise

 

 

 

 It was only for a minute or two.

A movie was on in a room that I entered.

As I watched in those brief couple of minutes, I took in a scene worth pondering.

I didn’t know the storyline.

I didn’t know what happened on the screen before I entered the room.

While I watched, though, there was definitely an "Oh, no!" moment.

A small airplane had, for some reason, landed at what looked to be a large airport.

Air traffic controllers were trying to get a message to the plane to get off the runway.

It wasn’t working…..

What the small plane was unaware of, the viewer begins to see.

Off in the distance, a very large passenger jet is coming in for a landing on the very same path.

The giant plane looming ever closer, the air traffic controller begins to scream over the radio:

"GET OFF THE RUNWAY!!!!"

Somehow, the small plane moves just in time to avoid a catastrophe.

A mental image I’m not likely to forget for quite a while, the contrast between the jet and the little plane is unsettling in that circumstance.

There are times when all of us are like the smaller plane.

For whatever reason, we are not where we should be.

We may be endangering ourselves—physically or spiritually, mentally or emotionally.

Friends may try to help us see the danger before it is too late.

After all, others can sometimes become aware of the harm that could befall us, even when we are oblivious to it.

Sometimes.

God, however, will ALWAYS be aware of the harm that could befall us.

When our friends try to warn us of the consequences of our decisions, we should consider their words carefully.

When God warns us of consequences, we should heed His guidance immediately.

After all, no one wants to be sitting on the runway when the big plane lands……

 

 

It is better for a person to receive a rebuke from those who are wise
than to listen to the song of fools.

—Ecclesiastes 7:5

 

 

 

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Possible With God

 

 

I cried today.

 

It wasn’t because I was sad.

I cried because my heart was full of the knowlege of God and His goodness.

I was reading an autobiography of a Christian man.

Throughout the years since he had asked Jesus to be the Lord of his life, he had been concerned for the salvation of his family.

Since I am a mother, there is a certain connection in my mind when reading about the relationship he had with his own.

Being a very committed non-Christian, she didn’t want to have anything to do with her son’s faith.

As this was related in the story, there came a point that her heart changed.

She became open to learning about what being a Christian was all about.

With this change, she even began to read a Bible every night that had been given to her by her son.

Such a dramatic change warranted my tears and my praise!

Doors that seem to be locked shut can open with God’s power.

Hearts that seem to be locked shut can be opened, too.

Nothing is impossible with God.

This has been a great reminder to me.

I do not need to give up on anyone.

Looking past the present, I can hope and pray for a different future in the life of another.

In the Book of Luke, Jesus is speaking about eternal life and who could be saved.

After being asked a question, he replied,

“What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

(from chapter 18, verse 27)

 

What possibilities are you hoping for today?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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time

 

 

 

I cried today.

 

It wasn’t because I was sad.

I cried because my heart was full of the knowlege of God and His goodness.

I was reading a autobiography of a Christian man.

Throughout the years since he had asked Jesus to be the Lord of his life, he had been concerned for the salvation of his family.

Since I am a mother, there is a certain connection in my mind when reading about the relationship he had with his own.

Being a very committed non-Christian, she didn’t want to have anything to do with her son’s faith.

As this was related in the story, there came a point that her heart changed.

She became open to learning about what being a Christian was all about.

With this change, she even began to read a Bible every night that had been given to her by her son.

Such a dramatic change warranted my tears and my praise!

Doors that seem to be locked shut can open with God’s power.

Hearts that seem to be locked shut can be opened, too.

Nothing is impossible with God.

This has been a great reminder to me.

I do not need to give up on anyone.

Looking past the present, I can hope and pray for a different future in the life of another.

In the Book of Luke, Jesus is speaking about eternal life and who could be saved.

After being asked a question, he replied,

“What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

(from chapter 18, verse 27)

 

What possibilities are you hoping for today?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All Things Were Made

 

If you’ve ever taken a child to a zoo, you know something about the element of surprise mixed with joy that can overtake them at a moment’s notice.

Merely turning the corner, only to discover a giant elephant or playful monkey brings a new delight every time.

I wonder what Jesus feels when we see the creatures He has made?

About an hour ago, I received a call from my husband who was returning from a trip out into town.

"There’s a big white bird standing on top of your car," he said.

Within thirty seconds, I was stealthily creeping down our sidewalk toward the driveway with my camera on and ready.

There he was, shimmering in the sunset’s glow.

Not the type of bird we typically see in the driveway or yard, I was particularly excited to see him so closely.

He didn’t seem to mind the slow-moving human with a small, black box walking steadily toward him.

My husband had parked his car in front of the home next door, so as not to disturb our impromptu photo session.

After several nice shots, he decided to fly—over to the top of my husband’s car!

With a long, straight beak and feathers as white as snow, he was striking in appearance.

I often feel that Jesus allows me to see what He has made so that I may delight in their beauty.

All the world is a "zoo" containing life in every form.

Like a child, my eyes open wide at the sight of the next new creation He allows me to see.

John 1:3 reads,

"All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made."

What a wonderful world He has made!

 

 

 

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Garland of Grace

 

 

 

If you are a parent, you probably feel as I do about your children.

No matter how old they are, you hope that they will be wise.

Perhaps not so much wise like the wise old owl depicted in cartoons, but wise as in the opposite of foolish.

 

We want the best for our offspring, and the best begins with wisdom.

God’s wisdom.

 

 

Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding!
Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
 “Do not forsake her, and she will guard you;
Love her, and she will watch over you.
 “The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom;
And with all your acquiring, get understanding.
 “Prize her, and she will exalt you;
She will honor you if you embrace her.
 “She will place on your head a garland of grace;
She will present you with a crown of beauty.”

—Proverbs 4:5-9

 

 

 

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Shine On You

 

 

 

When I arrived at work, the sun was just beginning to come up.

The sky was ablaze with color.

The clouds were like pink patches of cotton, floating in a sea of blue.

Noticing the solitary beam of light coming up from the horizon, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to photograph it.

Several years ago, there was a popular Christian song that spoke of the light of God.

Here are some of the lyrics:

Lord, let Your light
Light of Your face
Shine on us

Lord, let Your light
Light of Your face
Shine on us

That we may be saved
That we may have life
To find our way
In the darkest night
Let your light shine on us

(Shine On Us–Phillips, Craig and Dean)

Even though we do not see a physical beam of light shining on us from God, we certainly recognize it in our hearts.

His unfailing love, His comfort and peace and His miraculous deeds are like a brilliant beam from Heaven.

His light shines—-on us.

 

 

 

 

The Lord said to Moses,  “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:

 “‘“The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
 the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
 the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace.”’

 “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”

Numbers 6:22-27

 

 

 

 

 

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The Fruit of Lips

 

 

 

 At my friend’s home, a wire basket held an assortment of fruit on the table.

Ripe and colorful, they were pleasing to the eye and inviting.

They were also out in the open–not hidden in a pantry.

Displayed in the sunlit room, they were meant to be shared.

Hebrews 13:15-16 reads,

"Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.  And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased."

 

Do I openly speak of God with a sacrifice of praise?

Do I profess His name?

Do I share my time, my concern and my love with others?

 

How about you?

 

With these things, God is pleased.

 

 

 

 

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Blot Out Your Sins

 

 

 

You’ve probably heard the saying, "What happens in _______, stays in ________."

Inserting any city’s name, you get the idea.

Whatever actions or words that might be shameful or best not told to certain people—well, those just won’t ever be known.

But, is that possible?

Not exactly.

Even if what we say or do stays within the confines of trust where other people are concerned, they are not the only ones that know.

 

God knows.

 

In fact, He keeps record of everything we do and say.

That could sound frightening, if we think of all the things we wish we hadn’t done or said.

Understanding that we can ask for forigiveness from God can take away the fear:

I–yes, I alone–will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.

–Isaiah 43:25

 

Understanding that God is still aware of everything we do and say should serve as a cautionary reminder to temper our words and actions.

"What happens in ___________ is known by our Heavenly Father."

You’re not likely to hear that phrase, yet wisdom would instruct us to keep it in mind.

 

 

 

 

 

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On To Completion

 

 

 I winced, mentally, as I listened.

Just beginning the trip out, my car stereo had connected automatically to my cell phone’s music library.

Evidently set on "shuffle," a song began to play.

What song?

What artist?

Well, actually, it was me.

Me, about ten months ago.

And now, time for a flashback—-

Among other things in life, I am a musician.

It’s been almost a year now since I decided that I wanted to play a new instrument.

I had heard a recording of an Irish whistle and began to imagine myself playing one.

With some research, I found an artisan who makes them, located about 3,000 miles away. (seriously, the internet is wonderful….)

I ordered my first low Irish whistle.

What happened next was frustrating and challenging.

Unrealistically, I wanted to be able to play the whistle well—right then.

Never mind months and hours of practicing…

After a short time of trying, I decided to record myself playing a very simple tune from a movie I had watched.

The recording now lives mostly in solitary confinement on my computer and cell phone.

Now, back to the future.

My stereo was playing the recording of me that first week or so of discovering the Irish whistle and its many nuances.

Proud of my accomplishment at the time, I now heard every out of tune note with a disappointed ear.

Although I’m not quite ready for public performance, I have gained skill through these past months.

I had forgotten just how difficult it was in the beginning to try to make a pleasing sound.

It’s almost like, "Was that really me?"

No one actually gets to go back in their life and truly see what it was like.

Sure, we have photos and videos and scrap books, but what we used to be is gone.

That’s okay, because what we are now is here.

We’ve matured past those earlier days.

The "notes" of life that we were proud of then might make us wince as we look or listen back in time.

We know so much more now.

Will we be wincing a year from now at what we are like today?

Possibly.

Yet, mixed with the wincing , we could also find ourselves encouraged as we remember how God met us where we were and brought us farther still on the journey with Him.

Simple tunes pave the way for great symphonies.

God isn’t finished with us yet…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Let Us Love

 

 

 

 What is love?

 

It seems like I have heard that question since my childhood.

If you were to stop people for an impromtu interview on the street, asking them this question, there would be a great many answers.

What does the Bible say about love?

 

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

—1 John 4:7-12

 

Who can you show love to today?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Treasures on Earth

 

The house?

The car?

The clothes?

The electronics?

The retirement fund?

These are all important, but just how important are they?

 

The relationships with family and fellow believers?

The time invested in helping the homeless or the needy in your community?

The hours spent in prayer?

The quiet times of Bible study?

How do these things compare in value to things like a house or car?

 

Houses and cars, clothes and money will one day be gone.

Completely gone.

As you enter Heaven, they won’t matter.

What you spent your time doing while on the earth, will.

 

 

 

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

—Matthew 6:19-21

 

 

 

 

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The Leopard

 

 

My husband was watching a video recently about a man who had raised some lion pups.

Even though the lions had grown to be large adults, they still treated the man with tremendous love and gentleness.

The lions would put their paws and legs around his neck and hug him.

They would even lick him!

I told my husband that Heaven would be like that.

There will someday be a new Heaven and a new Earth.

Isaiah tells us:

 

The wolf will live with the lamb,
    the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
    and a little child will lead them.
 The cow will feed with the bear,
    their young will lie down together,
    and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
 The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
    and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
 They will neither harm nor destroy
    on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
    as the waters cover the sea.

 –Isaiah 11:6-9

 

Can you imagine what it will be like for all creatures to be at peace?


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Did God Really Say?

 

 

 

 

"Did God really say that you couldn’t do that?"

"Did God really say that this was bad for you?"

"Did God really tell you that you were forgiven?

"Did God really tell you that you were important to Him?"

 

The temptation to doubt…..

It can come in big doses or little ones.

It can jump right out in front of you, or deviously sneak around the corner.

It can burrow in under a blanket of grief and sorrow.

It can take root within the fertile ground of disappointment.

It can slither around the feet of immaturity.

It can pave the way for disaster:

 

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,  but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.  “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.  Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

–Genesis 3:1-7

 

Everything changed that day as the serpent’s words enticed the woman to doubt God.

Everything changed for her.

Everything changed for her husband.

Everything changed for you and me.

Adam and Eve are no longer here with us.

Satan still is.

We should be watchful and attentive to his schemes.

Does he want us to doubt God?

Does he want us to doubt our faith?

 

What do you think?

 

 

 

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Against All Illusion

 

 

 

I didn’t remember ever visiting the boardwalk before.

After getting out of the car, I walked closer to the water.

Looking out at the scene before me, I thought I saw a man standing on a very dangerous looking dock.

It appeared to me that he could just accidentally step off and fall several feet off an area just to his right.

Upon closer inspection, I understood that I was simply looking at a reflection of the water.

How realistic it was!

The surface of the lake provided a perfect mirror image.

There are a lot of things in life like that.

At first glance, things look one way, when in reality, they are quite different.

There are so many ideas about why we exist or how we should live, for example.

In the midest of a great many philosophies, there is only one true God.

There is only one right way.

There is only one truth.

The writer of Ecclesiastes puts it this way:

 

But against all illusion and fantasy and empty talk
There’s always this rock foundation: Fear God!

Ecclesiastes 5:7  The Message

 

 

 

 

 

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Trust God All the Time

 

 

 People, trust God all the time.
    Tell him all your problems,
    because God is our protection. Selah

—Psalm 62:8

 

Only days ago, I read a devotional about trusting God.

1. Trusting God no matter what is going on.

2. Remembering to tell God that you are trusting in Him.

 

I find myself thinking about my problems more than actually praying about them.

Sometimes the weight of what concerns me is heavy.

Forgetting to ask God for help, I try to figure things out on my own.

The best thing that I can do when a problem arises is talk to God.

He is my true protection in all matters.

Emotional matters.

Physical matters.

Spiritual matters.

I need to trust Him……..all the time.

Don’t you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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