Stain Remover

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Isaiah 1:18Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – No stain in our life is so set that God cannot cleanse it completely.

My Advice – Never let Satan fool you into thinking that any sin you may have committed is too bad for God to forgive. Or that you have been in a sinful state for too long to be let out. God is greater than anything you might have done.

Awakening

Song of Songs 2:7Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – All too often, we rush into relationships thinking that it is love, only too get burned. Better to wait for the love that God has planned for us.

My Advice – Wait for the love that God has planned for you. Matches are made in heaven, and they are perfect. He knows who is best for you and who you are best for.

Is Christ-Like in Attitude

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Matthew 11:29 – “Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – It seems almost contradictory that the Creator of the universe, exhibiting the fullness of God, with everything under His power, would choose the role of a servant. Knowing that everything was under His power He could have exercised that power. Instead Continue reading “Is Christ-Like in Attitude”

The Third, Fourth and Fifth Bowls

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THE THIRD BOWLThe third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say: “You are just in these judgments, you who are and who were, the Holy One, because you have so judged; for they have shed the blood of your saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve.” And I heard the altar respond: “Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and just are your judgments.” (Revelation 16:4-7)

The third bowl extends the judgment of the second bowl on the sea to the fresh-water rivers and springs, which also turn into “blood.” John heard the angel in charge of the waters proclaim that God the Holy One is “just in these judgments.” This judgment is God’s response to the shedding of the blood of the saints and prophets.(1) In God’s system of justice, Continue reading “The Third, Fourth and Fifth Bowls”

Unsharpened Edges

Ecclesiastes 10:10If the axe is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success. (NIV 1984)

My Musings – Aptitude may come natural, but skill requires practice. We may have an aptitude for understanding God’s Word, but not skillful in using it. We need to be skillful in the use of God’s Word. This is done by regular reading and meditation.

My Advice – Do not wait until trouble comes or decisions need to be made to consult God’s Word. Your skill in discerning will be dull and require more effort because it has not been sharpened. Discernment is sharpened and success made easier by regular study of His Word.

Meaningless on Earth

Ecclesiastes 8:14There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: righteous men who get what the wicked deserve, and wicked men who get what the righteous deserve. (NIV 1984)

My Musings – So it seems. But our perspective is so limited, compared to eternity. God is just and wrongs will be righted.

My Advice – Do not be disheartened when good things happen to “bad” people and bad things happen to “good” people. It only plays out this way in this life. After that, for sure, God will deal out justice and set things right.

Those Were the Days My Friend

Ecclesiastes 7:10Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions. (NIV 1984)

My Musings – We can learn from the past, to help us live in the present, not to relive the past successes or repeat the past failures.

My Advice – Do not live in the past (thinking they were better) or dwell on the past (regretting mistakes made). The past is the past, the present is a gift.