Monthly Archives: August 2013

Seeking But Not Finding

Seeking But Not Finding

What are you seeking?

King Solomon had it all. His wisdom was world renowned. His wealth was beyond comparison.

Did all of this satisfy him?

No, it didn’t.

“What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” Mark 8:36

You see, King Solomon had it all but he wanted more. More wives and concubines. More wealth. More fame.

And it all crashed.

There was a time Solomon listened to God but wealth, fame and lust became more important to him. He turned his back on living in a way that was obedient to God and instead married women and had mistresses who did not believe in the one true God. Foreign gods were allowed into Israel and sin and corruption entered in as well.

What are you chasing?

Do you have peace and contentment in your life?

You can.

It’s only by following the narrow path that you can finally find happiness. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

I Kings 8:58 says, “May He keep us centered and devoted to Him, following the lift path he has cleared, watching the signposts, walking at the pace and rhythms He laid down for our ancestors.”

Whose path are you on?

Leave Your Baggage at the Train Station

Leave Your Baggage at the Train Station

Lean on the Lord

Leave your baggage at the train station.

When changes happen in our lives such as job loss, death of a loved one, unplanned pregnancy, illness, etc., it can cause us to lose hope.

Have you ever found yourself looping that negative event over and over in your mind?

I have.

When an uncle passed suddenly at the age of 35, I simply could not comprehend it. How could I make sense of this loss?

Three weeks later, my uncle’s father suddenly passed away.

I think it was the very first time I felt afraid of the unknown.

Have tragic events caused you to feel as if your life is spiraling out of control?  Is your stress level completely out of whack?

How do you move beyond looping these events over and over in your head?

The Lord provides healing but we have to give Him our baggage.  So, now instead of continually playing this event over and over in our heads, we have to hand it over to Him.

He’s more than capable of handling it.

You see, when you turn over your grief or sorrow over to the Lord, an incredible weight is lifted from you.

Trust in the One who truly loves you.  Leave your baggage at the train station.  He can more than carry it.

 

 

Therefore Now No Condemnation

Therefore Now No Condemnation

My Help Comes From the Lord

Therefore now no condemnation!

While driving to work recently, I saw a humorous sight.  A gray heron was sitting on the bank of a pond. Just the sight of his very long wiggly neck made me smile.  As I drove on, the Lord reminded me that all of His creations are awesome and beautiful.

And He also has a wonderful sense of humor.

Isn’t it soothing to watch a beautiful sunset? Or, how about listening to a gentle rain?

When the stresses of this life seem overwhelming, it’s important to remember where your help comes from.  Just how do we continue to live our lives successfully in this world?  How do we live a life that is victorious?

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help?”  Psalm 121:1

The answer lies in trusting the Father.  When we feel insecure or unworthy, we must remember that the Father loves us.  We are His children.

Do you believe God sees you as a failure?

On the contrary.  He loves you dearly.

Take the time to talk with Him daily.  Read His Word.  Remember to look at His beautiful creations. You’re one of them!

Meditate on the Lord.  You will experience a peace that passes all understanding.

“…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:7

Not by Works But by Faith

Not by Works But by Faith

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Not by works but by faith…

Romans 5:1 states:   “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

I was taught as a child that I could literally work my way to Heaven.  But God’s Word says quite the opposite (see the verse above).  Not by works but by faith.

What does God’s Word say about sin? Check out the following verse in Romans 3:23:  “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

As we see, God’s Word says we ‘fall short’.  If God’s Word says we’re all sinners and we, therefore, do not measure up to His standard, what can we do? Romans 6:23 says:  “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Notice that God offers eternal life as a ‘gift’ to us.  Jesus is that gift. But what do we have to do when someone holds a gift out to us?

We have to take it.  God has His hands held out offering His gift of salvation through the blood sacrifice of Jesus.

How much does God love us? Here’s what John 3:16 says:  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

So, what do you have to do to accept God’s gift of salvation?

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Confess to Him that you are a sinner (remember Romans 3:23 above).

Next, accept His gift of salvation by saying “Yes, Lord I believe Jesus died for me. I accept your gift of salvation.”

And then, what’s next?

Baptism by immersion is next. It is a picture of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

It’s important to connect with a Gospel preaching church so that you are fed spiritually. Remember, not every church preaches the Gospel, so use wisdom and seek God’s Will as to where He’d have you go.

Everyday…read God’s Word in the Holy Bible. Let Him transform you through His Holy Word.