A Refuge in Times of Trouble

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Nahum 1:7 – The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – We should be thankful that we are able to take refuge in God. We can trust in His goodness. We can believe that He will take care of us. No trouble is bigger than His ability to take care of it.

My Advice – When you are in trouble, trust God and take refuge in Him. He is good and will care for you.

 

Beautiful Feet and Big Shoes

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Romans 10:14, 15 – How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (NIV 1984)

My Musings – Steve Persson, Bill Badal, and Nate Miller.  Pastors at my home church, First Baptist Church in Sycamore, Illinois (http://fbcnewsong.com/).  I’ve never really thought much about the beauty of their feet.  But I have thought about how big they must be, because I know without a doubt that their shoes would be mighty hard to fill.  Steve and Bill have impacted my life for many years.  They got me started teaching, writing and blogging.  As for Nate, well I watched him grow up for a big chunk of his life, and I am confident that he will make a similar impact on my life (for what’s left of it) and the lives of others in our church that are coming up behind.  He already is.

My Advice – Express your appreciation for your pastors.  Let them know they are impacting your life.  And a shout-out to the pastor of my youth (instrumental in leading me to Christ), Dick Stahler!

Holds Out Against Sin

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James 4:7Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (NIV 1978)

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My Musings – Sin. Our earthly nature. We read the items on the list (sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed – among others) and are outwardly repulsed by them. Yet, because we still have a sin nature (our old self) we Continue reading “Holds Out Against Sin”

The Scarlet Beast

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THE SCARLET BEAST[The woman was] sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. When I saw [the beast], I was greatly astonished. Then the angel said to me: “Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of … the beast [that the woman] rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns. The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction … This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while. The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction. “The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.” The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to give the beast their power to rule, until God’s words are fulfilled. (Revelation 17:3-14, 16-17)

Identity of the Scarlet Beast – The scarlet beast is the same “beast coming out of the sea” mentioned in Revelation 13:1 (the anti-Christ). There he is also described as “having seven heads and ten horns.” This description indicates that he is Continue reading “The Scarlet Beast”

Dishonest & False

Micah 6:11 – “Shall I acquit a man with dishonest scales, with a bag of false weights?” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Scales and weights. They imply accuracy and precision. Just because they allow us to cheat and get away with it, does not make it right. Not getting caught is not the same as being right.

My Advice – Make sure you are honest, not only in your personal life, but also in your professional life. Your job will require persuasion, make sure you do it honestly and not deceptively.

What Does the Lord Require?

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Micah 6:8 – He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – God’s requirements for His people are not a burden. They are in fact what we really want for ourselves. To be treated justly, to be shown mercy and to not be subjected to arrogance. What we want for ourselves, we should be willing to show others.

My Advice – Walk with God. It should produce justice, mercy and humility in your character. Character is the only thing you can take out of this life into the next, so make it count while you are here.

A God Who Relents

Jonah 4:3 – “I knew that You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.” (NIV 1978)

My Musing – Many times we feel that God is just waiting to come down hard on us. He would rather not have to do that. His grace and compassion is greater than anything we could do, and if we confess our sin and return to Him, He will relent from bringing harsh discipline into our lives.

My Advice – Thank God often for the grace, love and compassion He shows you. Be especially thankful following times of rebellion, after you’ve returned to Him. You can never know how much calamity He may have spared you from because you’ve retuned to Him.