I love taking walks. I think it is so romantic just to take a walk. Imagine walking hand in hand with the one you love down a tree-lined path, his hand warm in yours.
Now imagine you don’t know the guy! Yikes! We have a relationship with someone based on a knowledge of that person. That seems simple and obvious doesn’t it?
I believe the primary reason we struggle in our relationship with God is that we don’t know Him. Far too often, we base our Christianity on how we “measure up” to the Christians around us, especially those Christians we feel are more spiritual.
Then we are left feeling empty and disillusioned when one day, we find out our measuring stick—that so-called spiritual person—isn’t who or what we thought she was.
Our emptiness and disappointment comes from the fact that we were trying to find fulfillment in the practice of the religion and not in the Person of the relationship.
So, who is God? Why does He care about me? And how do I get to know Him?
For thousands of years, philosophers and theologians have pondered and debated the concept of God. Go to the philosophy or religion section of any bookstore and there will be shelves full of man’s musings on the person of God.
When I first met my husband, I heard others talk about him—some good, some terrible. But I didn’t get to know him based on the opinion of others. When we started dating and were engaged, he began writing to me and I read those letters over and over. We would sit and talk for hours about nothing. (Now we think that if we get 10 minutes alone to talk we have had a special treat!) I got to know him and his heart through his words.
It’s the same with God. We get to know Him through His Word. God has personality, attributes, and feelings and He conveys all that to us through His Word.
When I think of God, one of the first things I think of is His Holiness. The other thing I think of is how much He must love me.
I took a doctrine class in Bible College and it was b-o-r-i-n-g. It seemed so mechanical to memorize:
God is holy.
God is omnipotent (all powerful).
God is omniscient (all knowing).
God is omnipresent (everywhere at one and the same time).
God is immutable (never changing), etc.
However, that boring class gave me a starting point from which I could take my Bible and get to know God.
What does it mean that He is holy and how does that effect me? One of my girls was taking doctrine in her homeschooling and I gave her an assignment that she found difficult at first. She had just read about the attributes of God and I asked her to write me a one-page essay on the subject of “How one of God’s Attributes effects me.” She had never thought about how the person of God had anything to do with her. When I made the assignment, it seemed like a no-brainer to me. But, I’ve been saved for 42 years and I’ve been through some minor fires and I’ve had to get a glimpse of who God was and what that meant to me.
All of that was an introduction to what will be a series of articles on who God is.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
“Christians are like the flowers in a garden, that have each of them the dew of Heaven, which, being shaken with the wind, they let fall at each other's roots, whereby they are jointly nourished, and become nourishers of each other.”
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
In the genealogy of Christ listed in Matthew chapter 1 and Luke chapter 3, we can calculate that the time from Adam to Jesus was 63 generations. A time period of roughly 4,000 years covered only 63 generations.
I have often sat bewildered trying to understand a generation that assumes that God should adjust Himself for the times. But He said He commanded his word to a thousand generations.
I for one am immeasurably grateful that I have a God who never changes.
by Pricilla Owens
We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love."
Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift, or firm remain?
It is safely moored, ’twill the storm withstand,
For ’tis well secured by the Savior’s hand;
And the cables, passed from His heart to mine,
Can defy that blast, thro’ strength divine.
It will surely hold in the Straits of Fear—
When the breakers have told that the reef is near;
Though the tempest rave and the wild winds blow,
Not an angry wave shall our bark o’erflow.
It will firmly hold in the Floods of Death—
When the waters cold chill our latest breath,
On the rising tide it can never fail,
While our hopes abide within the Veil.
When our eyes behold through the gath’ring night
The city of gold, our harbor bright,
We shall anchor fast by the heav’nly shore,
With the storms all past forevermore.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
We live in a world where mindless seems to be okay. One of the late-night talk shows has a segment where they randomly interview people on the street and ask them questions that seem to have obvious answers. I guess the answers aren't quite so obvious.
Question: "Who is the president of the United States?"
Answer: —blank stare—
This happens more times than we want to think.
Mindless eating … mindless entertainment … mindless violence … mindless work … mindless behavior … (you get the picture.)
But God wants us to be mindful — mindful of His covenant: His covenant which He commanded to a thousand generations.
How much of His covenant are you mindful of? Did you read your Bible today? Have you studied it this week? this month? this year?
Are you passing His covenant on to the next generation?
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
"Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;"
"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."
"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;"
"By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name."
"Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen."
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Kind just means pleasant and gracious. This really is one of the easy be ye's. Do you know if you cultivate kindness in yourself, you will be much more likely to behave yourself as a Christian showing God's love to those around you? A kind woman will speak pleasantly to the checker at the grocery store who may be speaking rudely to you. You never know, maybe she is having a terrible day and your kindness can make all the difference. I have experienced that many, many times.
If you are a kind person, you will act with kindness towards those around you.
Be ye kind.
Monday, July 21, 2008
As I read the words "be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed" I remembered something I had heard a pastor say:
If you will be what you are supposed to be, you will do what you are supposed to do.
And it got me to thinking … how many times did God say, "be ye." This all happened so long ago, that the Bible program I had on my little Mac SE was limited and would not search common words like "be" and "ye." So, I got out my trusty Strong's Concordance and that was a no go, too. Do you know how long it took me to look up just 5 or 10 occurrences of the phrase "be ye"?
So the thought was placed on the back burner for a while. Then we got a more powerful computer and Bible program and viola!! I could look up the phrase!
There are so many times God says "be ye" that it will take a while to cover it. I may cover a few, take a break and revisit the study but over the coming weeks and months, I hope you find the study as interesting as I do.
For today, think on this one:
"Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not."
In my observation over the past 40+ years of salvation and church attendance, it is, I think, when Christians forget that the Lord is returning; earth is temporary; there is a life in heaven ever after that Christians struggle more with serving the Lord.
If we "be ready" then we will be compelled to serve Him.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
“His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness"
Words by Thomas O. Chisholm
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
Friday, July 18, 2008
- Walk in the ways of the Lord
- Walk in the light of the Lord's countenance
- Walk in the ways the Lord commands
- Walk in a perfect way
- Walk at liberty
Thursday, July 17, 2008
- Walk worthy of the Lord
- Walk by faith not by sight
- Walk in the light of the Lord
- Walk after His commandments
- Walk in the way of good men
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
- Walk in integrity
- Walk circumspectly
- Walk after the Lord
- Walk after the Spirit
- Walk in newness of life
My Life and Ponderings Michelle is an amazing sweet Christian who's insight has always challenged me to think.
ByGrace Someone else I've known since before we connected in cyber-space. When my husband first started our church in Kansas City, Susan's husband came with a group of young men to knock doors and hold a revival service. They were such a blessing to us. Susan shares her daily life on the mission field in Canada.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
- Walk before God
- Walk in the light
- Walk in the truth
- Walk in the Spirit
- Walk in His paths
Monday, July 14, 2008
- Walk in Love
- Walk Honestly
- Walk Uprightly
- Walk in Wisdom
- Walk in the Law of the Lord
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Haldor Lillenas, 1918
Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Greater than all my sin;
How shall my tongue describe it,
Where shall its praise begin?
Taking away my burden,
Setting my spirit free;
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.
Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus,
Deeper than the mighty rolling sea;
Wonderful grace, all sufficient for me, for even me.
Broader than the scope of my transgressions,
Greater far than all my sin and shame,
O magnify the precious Name of Jesus.
Praise His Name!
Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Reaching to all the lost,
By it I have been pardoned,
Saved to the uttermost,
Chains have been torn asunder,
Giving me liberty;
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.
Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Reaching the most defiled,
By its transforming power,
Making him God’s dear child,
Purchasing peace and heaven,
For all eternity;
And the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.
Friday, July 11, 2008
- Wise people listen to instruction, especially the Word of God.
Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.
Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
- Wise people fear the Lord.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
- Wise people associate with wise people.
That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
- Wise people preserve what they’ve gained and they use it.
The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing.
- Wise people flee from sin.
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.
A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.
- Wise people discipline their speech.
In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
- Wise people are diligent in their work.
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
- Wise people seek to influence others to trust the Lord.
There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
However, having a clean, healthy body is part of the preparation for serving the Lord. Not only is our strength increased if we are clean and free from germs, but our testimony is also increased. Don't you hate it when the dirty, scary guy is holding up a Scripture sign? It's not a great testimony.
This is a pretty simple concept, but in order to prepare yourself to serve the Lord, take a shower!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"
"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?"
"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
So I'm going to do something different. I'm going to ask you. If you have any ideas, Scriptural and or practical for supporting your strength for serving the Lord with the things that you eat, post a comment and let me know.