A Christian Journey

Archive for January, 2014

God Proves His Love

“But God shows and clearly proves His own love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:8

When some people read this scripture they look at their life and say, I’m not a sinner.  A sinner is a bad person, like a thief, a murderer, or a liar.  That’s true, those are sinners – but can you honestly say you’ve NEVER told a lie, stolen anything, or came close to hurting someone?  Then you are a sinner.

As our verse today says though, Christ died for us because God loves us so much.  This is not a blanket salvation, else those who continue in sin would receive it, but for those who turn to God and ask for His forgiveness.  Does that mean we never sin again? No, we are human, but our “want to” changes and we seek to please God because we love Him so much.

Upright In Heart

“The Lord opens the eyes of the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the uncompromisingly righteous, those upright in heart and in right standing with Him.” Psam 146:8

God is love, He is a loving Father.  He opens the eyes of the blind. This doesn’t mean just those who are physically blind, but I believe His bigger concern is for those who are spiritually blind.  Those who only see this world and think that’s all there is.  

Those who bow before Him He will lift up.  He loves the uncompromising, those who love to do what He says is right and will not waver from it. 

Those who are upright in heart, what does that mean?  To be upright is to be vertical, pointed in His direction.  To not be upright is to be horizontal, lying even with the ground.  We should always be seeking to rise up to Him in our hearts, it pulls us further away from that which would hold us down.

All The Days Of My Life

“Your eyes saw my unformed substance and in Your book all the days of my life were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.”   Psalm 139:16

The Lord sees us in the womb and sees where we will go.  Some lives go on to glorify Him and bring others to spend eternity with Him. Some lives go on to glorify themselves and bring themselves to a tragic end.  Sadder still though, are the lives that never have a chance to do either, because they were snuffed out by abortion.  Every life deserves a chance to make their own decision as to how their life would go, their mother had that chance.

The Help Of The Lord

“And Adam knew Eve his wife and she became pregnant and bore Cain, and she said, I have gotten and gained a man with the help of the Lord.”    Genesis 4:1  (Amplified)

In this verse we have the first human conception, and Eve thanked the Lord.  This is the first use of the word pregnant and it meant to be with child.  The Merriam Webster dictionary defines the word pregnant as carrying an offspring within the body.  How is it today that though the definition of pregnant means there is a life inside a woman that we can take that life.  If you don’t stop a pregnancy you will get a baby, it’s that simple, so to argue that when a woman is pregnant it’s not a life is stupid!

This week is Sanctity of Life week, tomorrow is the 41st anniversary of the holocaust of abortion.  Please take the time to consider what you can do to stop the tragic murder of innocent babies, and if all you can do is pray, then please do that.

Life and Good, Death and Evil

“See, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil.”   Deuteronomy 30:15

The Lord laid out a very simple equation a long time ago.  Life is good and death is evil.  Sounds simple, doesn’t it.   Then why do people continue to choose death, taking any life is death.

This is Sanctity of Life week, this Wednesday is the 41st anniversary of Roe v Wade, the supreme court decision that legalized abortion.  Since then 50 million babies have been murdered.

Based on our verse today America has chosen death and evil.  Pray that this holocaust comes to an end and choose life.

Love Is A Commandment

“I give you a new commandment that you should love one another.  Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another.”   John 13:34

Since the new year we have seen God showing His love for us through His word.  Now we must take that love that He so richly showers on us and show it to the others around us.   When it is hard for you to love someone, think about how much God loves you.

Remember, we are in a spiritual battle, the devil loves it when we are mean to each other.  Don’t give him the victory.  God will help you love others if you ask Him to.

God So Greatly Loved

“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He even gave up His only begotten unique Son, so that whoever believes in, trusts in, clings to, relies on Him, will not perish but have eternal, everlasting life.”  John 3:16  (Amplified)

This is one of the best known bible verses in the world even for non believers.  It is the centerpiece to salvation, but a lot of people misunderstand it.  Some believe that God send Jesus to earth to die for everyone, blanket coverage, but that’s not what this verse says.   The verse says it’s for whoever believes in Him.  That doesn’t just mean that you acknowledge He existed, that’s been proven historically.  The verse says to believe in Him is to trust, cling to and rely on Him.  He should be our guide to life, our shepherd.   All because God so greatly loved us.