Zephaniah 3:17 – The Lord God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – These are all things that God desires for us. His might saves us so He can delight in us, love us and rejoice over us.
My Advice – God has richly blessed your life. Show your gratitude to Him by continuing to live a life that He delights in and rejoices over.
James 4:7 – Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (NIV 1978)
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”
Hosea 6:6 – “For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – God is merciful. He will freely forgive. But He would much rather that we not break His commandments and need to ask forgiveness.
My Advice – Better to obey God in the first place than to sin and have to ask His forgiveness.
Daniel 6:4, 5 – At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find charges against Daniel…but they were unable to do so. Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges…unless it has something to do with the law of his God.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – What a tribute to Daniel that the only thing they could find fault with was in his obedience to and worship of God.
My Advice – Consider it an honor when people find fault with you for being a Christian and for serving Christ.
1 Kings 19:13, 15 – Then a voice said to Him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” The Lord said to Him, “Go back the way you came.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – We often find ourselves where we should not be. Sometimes we fall suddenly and others we wander away gradually over time. But God pursues us and asks through the conviction of the Holy Spirit “What are you doing here? Go back the way you came.” We would do well to heed Him.
My Advice – Ask yourself on a regular basis, where am I at, how did I get here and what am I doing here? If you don’t like the answer, ask God to show you how to get back the way you came. He will gladly help you.
Study 4: Man’s Remedies
Aware of His separation from His creator, if not also of the dire consequences that he faces, down through the centuries man has sought his own solutions to bridge the gap. But no matter how well intentioned or sincere, all of man’s so-called remedies fall far short of bridging the gap or of building a stairway to reach our creator. They leave us perplexed, frustrated, and perhaps a bit frantic, yet still seeking the answer to an age-long question: what must I do to be saved?
It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. (Romans 9:16) Continue reading “Study 4: Man’s Remedy”