My Musings – The first few words of Genesis say the “In the beginning God…” If I might interject, “in the beginning God“ was already there to create “the heavens and the earth.” The unmoved mover, the uncreated transcendent being – the Alpha. In the first few verses of Revelation God goes on to state that He is also the Omega. When these heavens and earth come to an end and are made new He is still there. He had no beginning and will have no end. “Who is, and Who was, and Who is to come.” In other words “I AM.“
In Exodus, Moses asked who he should say sent him, and God told Him to say “I AM.” When Jesus came the first time and was put on trial before Pilate, He was asked if He was a King. Jesus replied, “I AM.” Finally, in the closing verses of Revelation, Jesus states “I AM coming soon.” He promised He would.
My Advice – Is He coming for you (to take you home with Him) or is He coming to you (to send you away from Him)? Right now, to can make that decision for yourself. When He comes (no man knows when) it will be too late. You may never have the opportunity again.
My Musings – Testimony is a solemn declaration by a witness, a firsthand authentication of a fact. It is not information received from other people that cannot be adequately substantiated. That would be hearsay, which in a court of law, would be disallowed. John spent three years being taught (discipled) by Jesus. He was with Jesus 24/7 for those three years, which certainly put him in a position to see if Jesus’ talk was Jesus’ walk. He was at the foot of the cross when Jesus died and was able to see the Roman soldiers certify that He was in fact dead. On more than one occasion he saw and spoke to Jesus after His resurrection from the dead. In every respect, this is firsthand authentication of the facts. His testimony was corroborated by other witnesses. He was imprisoned because of his adherence to his testimony. Other witnesses were executed. John likely lived out his days under the same threat of death. None of these recanted.
In light of all this, John testimony proclaiming that “he who has the Son has life, he who does not have the Son does not have life,” is more than credible. It removes any reasonable doubt.
My Advice – Testimony demands a verdict. Deliberate carefully. It is an eternal life and death matter.
My Musings – No fine print here. It is a small word, but it begins the sentence – “if.” It is not a trap for the unwary, it merely establishes the sentence as a conditional clause. When the conditions are met, the promise that follows is assured (God cannot lie, He is “faithful and just“). He not only forgives us, but He purifies us, removing the stain of sin altogether.
Until the conditions are met, however, there is no obligation to fulfill the promise. Confession must precede forgiveness. Why would be expect our sins to be forgiven if we do not even admit that we have any?
My Advice – Do not let pride get in the way of forgiveness.
My Musings – He’s watching and listening. Nothing escapes or distracts His attention. So when things appear to be going amiss, we need to ask ourselves why that might be. Have we wandered where we do not belong? Is there something He’s trying to teach us? Has He got something better planned? It certainly is not because He has not been paying attention. He is well aware of what’s going on.
My Advice – Maybe its time for us to keep our eyes “on” Him and our ears attentive to His “voice.” Of course, it’s always time for that.
My Musings – A life of keeping the law is like a chain of various size links representing little laws (though shalt not lie) and big laws (thou halt not murder). In terms of the results, it matters little which law is not kept (little or big), the chain (our relationship with God) is still broken.
My Advice – Do not count on keeping the chain (relationship) whole by your own efforts. Rely instead on the effort of Christ.
My Musings – In recent years, we’ve heard a lot about litmus test – a test in which a single factor (such as an attitude, event, or fact) is decisive. If there is a God, then His Word (the Bible) should be decisive in all matters of faith, conduct and morality. It’s a living (not dead or obsolete), active (not deactivated) document. It can determine the finest points of contention, penetrating to the heart of the matter, exposing what might not be so evident on the surface (inner thoughts and attitudes behind outward words and actions).
My Advice – When the issue to be considered is important, you want resources that are authoritative. Opinions are a dime a dozen and there are a multitude of self-appointed “authorities.” Consult the God’s Word on matters great and small in all questions concerning faith, conduct and morality. It is the only authoritative source document that is above reproach.
My Musings – So, if God did not give us a spirit of timidity, where did it come from? If He gave us a spirit of power, why does the timidity win out so often? Satan is the master of deception, convincing us of what we cannot do, when he knows very well the power that is within. A power that he does not want unleashed.
My Advice – Listen to the Spirit of the Lord, and turn a deaf ear to the spirit of the enemy. Unleash the power, but do so in love and self-discipline.