All at Once


The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past and every sinner has a future: Oscar-wilde
The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past and every sinner has a future: Oscar-wilde

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!
1 John 3:1a

Isaac Newton worked on it in the seventeenth century, then Albert Einstein wrote about it in the early twentieth century: time. Generally, time has three dimensions: past, present, and future. Right now you are in the present. But a few seconds from now, this moment will be in the past. There is a seamless transition at work in our lives as the present retreats to the past and gives way to the future. God exists outside of time; past, present, and future are one to Him. God sees our redemption (past), sanctification (present), and glorification (future) at the same “time.”

The Bible speaks of both God’s and man’s perspective on time. God is both eternal (Deuteronomy 33:27) and infinite (Psalm 147:5). And the apostle John speaks of our past, present, and future with God in 1 John 3:1-2. God has bestowed His love on us (past; verse 1), resulting in our being children of God (present; verse 2a). And the future is ahead of us when “we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (verse 2b).

Praise Him today that His love is all-encompassing. Our past, present, and future are in His hands.

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Love Not the World


 

devils triangle
Lust of the eyes, Lust of the flesh, Pride of life

All that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not from the Father but is of the world.
1 John 2:16

Actor Jim Carrey said, “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of, so that they can see that it’s not the answer.”

The apostle John warned us against falling in love with anything that is in the world, and he highlighted three dangerous areas for every believer:

Our appetites—the lust of the flesh. God made us with certain needs, such as food, water, and comfort. But the devil exploits these against us. We eat too much, drink too much, and engage in addictive behavior. How we need the Spirit’s control!

Our acquisitions—the lust of the eyes. Living in a materialistic age with the power of making purchases instantly, we must remember our possessions are temporary.

Our approval ratings—the pride of life. The applause of men is short-lived; but the joy of pleasing God is an eternal pursuit.

The world will take priority in our lives if we do not make a purposeful choice to deny its attractions and focus on growing in our assurance of our faith.

His Footsteps Our Pathway


Righteousness will go before Him, and shall make His footsteps our pathway.
-Psalms 85:13

The Appalachian Trail is approximately 2,200 miles long, winding up and down and through rugged mountains from Georgia to Maine. It takes thru-hikers an average of 165 rigorous days to make the trip, and it requires about 5,500 calories a day to sustain their strength. That’s equivalent to nearly 10 Big Macs daily. Hiking the entire Appalachian Trail in one summer is grueling, but it simply requires putting one foot in front of the other—about five million times.

The Bible often compares our Christian life to a walk—but it’s no easy stroll. It’s an arduous hike requiring perseverance. When we begin our walk with God, we’re like infants taking their first steps—we are filled with glee—but we don’t know quite what we are doing. But as we mature, this should change and our footsteps should become more stable, firm, and determined.

If you’re tired on the trail, don’t give up. Psalm 85:13 says He has gone before us, and we’re simply walking in His footsteps. And Psalm 86:11 offers us a prayer: “Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name.”

The Trump Card


President Trump, just did the unthinkable. He just made a statement that was purely trumpish…  he also garnered a significant populace behind him. All the Christians who were like  trumph…. blah… just got a rude wake up call ( that includes me). Any Bible believing christian would agree that this is not coincidence,  this is prophesy.

I have often disagreed with other Christians about the illegitimacy of Trumps president-ship ( not because he did something illegal, mostly because I think he won by fluke… and also because people voted against Clinton… because she seemed like a player),  his tomfoolery and his immature tweets. Now I have to reconcile that whether he is a fool or  “The President of America”, he is unequivocally GOD’s tool.

Trump just defined his presidency and by extension redefined the role that the US of A has to play on the world stage.

I think more than Trump, it’s a call towards Christians  to accept and embrace the prophesy foretold in revelations.

These are interesting times for sure….. I just hope that we will weather it with grace.

 

 

 

To Love Is to Obey


Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.
1 John 2:3

Every parent experiences the disconnect between a child’s words when being put to bed at night—“I love you, Mommy”—and a willful act of disobedience the next morning. That disconnect between profession and practice illustrates the intimate connection between love and devotion (or obedience).

To be sure, a child is immature and not to be held to adult standards of understanding and practice. But the illustration serves its purpose in a way that is instructive for us as adults. When we say we love God but do not obey His commands and desires, we make ourselves out to be liars (1 John 2:4). “But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him” (1 John 2:5). So obedience to God is a kind of barometer, a measure, of our love for God. Just as small children learn to combine love and obedience in their relationship with their parents, so we grow in the same understanding in our relationship with God. The relationship between love (faith) and obedience (good works) is a key theme in the letter written by James (James 2:14-26).

Give thought today as to how your obedience to God reflects your profession of love for God.

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Obedience to GOD is the way to Blessing
Deuteronomy 11: 26-28