Thursday, March 26, 2015

Faith, Hope, Charity

Failing to find peace in the life that I
Acknowledging sin, my way I forsake
Inspecting God's Word, its path to take
Turning to Jesus Who died for my sake
Having true peace, His life I partake

Happily anticipating a joyful end
Opening the Book that God did send
Promised blessings of my Faithful Friend
Exercising confidence--on Him I depend


Crying over the sufferer's plight
Humbly serving in Jesus' might
Asking that sinners receive their sight
Rejoicing in The Truth, The Light
Iniquity causing me no delight
Taking reproach without holding a spite
Yearning that others come out of the  

And now abideth faith, hope, and charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
        I Corinthians 13:13

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
          I John 4:10

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Danger of Doing Things My Way or Proverbs 3:5-6

Do you remember the story of the 12 spies that went to spy out the land of Canaan? They saw many great sights--a land flowing with milk and honey, grapes that took two men to carry a cluster, and GIANTS!

10 spies saw the obstacles....

 2 spies saw God's promises

These men saw! They walked on the land God had promised! 10 spies let the enemy defeat them without a battle.

How could this happen????

1. Rebellion-they chose their own way of seeing and doing. God's way is found in the Bible.

2. Complaining-infecting others with rebellion.

3. Doubting God's ability, character, and Word. This breaks down absolute truth making everything subject to opinion.

4. Fear-Without the boundaries in God's Word, who will know what is safe?

5. Unbelief-The spies chose to walk away from God based on the decision that He was not worthy or able to lead them.

When man chooses to be his own "god", he ignores God's good and perfect way.

" As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.". Psalm 18:30

There were two other spies. Caleb and Joshua were different. They trusted God--even though the rest of the Israelites were planning to throw rocks at them until they died!

God led Israel back into the Wilderness. Those 10 spies died in that Wilderness. Only Caleb and Joshua went into the Promised Land--40 years later with the next generation. Were they a failure for having to wait??? NO! This was a growing time for them and their families!

They found that truly:

"Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds."

 "How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings."

Psalm 36:5 and 7

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

 In all thy way acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

Proverbs 3:5 and 6

"That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

For everyone that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be manifest, that they are wrought in God.

John 3: 15-21

The danger of doing things my own way is that I will miss God's way. He has the only way of salvation:
1. A person recognizing self as a sinner in need of a Saviour (Ro. 3:23)
2. Recognize that Jesus Christ took the punishment for sin on the cross. He bled, died, and rose again to become our Saviour.
Ro. 10:9, 10, 13
3. Ask for Jesus to save their soul

He has the only way to an abundant life--because Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Psalm 145:3, 8, and 18

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.


Our God is so great that we will never understand all His greatness!
 His way is perfect! I am so glad I can call upon Him in truth! That truth is the Word of God--it is also the Risen Son of God. What a Glorious God!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Master, Which Am I?

Matt. 26:47-56--Judas's story
He talks of the Way, the Truth, the Life
A Spiritual Kingdom that has no end
The things I see mean more to me
Thirty pieces of silver...
Small price to deliver
The Man who calls me "Friend"
 And I say, "Master, is it I?"

Matt. 26:36-46--John's story
He kneels to pray in the Garden
No companions travail with His soul
My spirit was willing, but flesh was weak
He said, "Watch and pray"
But I didn't obey...
Oh to try again
To be my Master's Friend

Matt. 26:69-75--Peter's story
He stands alone in Pilate's Hall
Crowned with thorns, a silent Lamb
I turn from Him--my comfort seek
Warmed by world's fire...
 Three times a liar
"I do not know the Man!"
My Master I deny

Matt.27:29-33-Simon's story
He stumbles up the Calvary Road
Bearing our sorrows, acquainted with grief
Compelled by others to carry His Load
I look at His face...
Accept this disgrace
My God became a servant
Master, make me Thine!