2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – The world keeps getting worse all the time. We would like to blame the worldly for the problems our country faces. But we cannot. The responsibility rests squarely with those called by His name: Christians.
My Advice – Be humble, not arrogant, boastful or proud. Pray often, do not be a stranger to God. Seek His guidance rather than the counsel of those that the world consider wise. Do not follow the ways of the world, but rather go in the opposite direction. Do these things and you can be confident that God will hear, heal and respond.
Study 6: Our Response
God offers the only remedy that works. But to end the separation, to get to the other side where God eagerly awaits us with open arms, we have to take the bridge.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
We are not mystically transported to the other side without our knowledge simply because Jesus died on the cross. While it is true that He died for all, not everyone accepts Him. Nor are we herded across to the other side against our will. We can reject Him. There is no toll charge, no price that we can pay to gain the crossing. The price has already been paid. We simply have to accept Him and the sacrifice that He made. In so doing, we willingly cross over the bridge that He built back to Him. We cross over from death to life. We are born again. Continue reading “Study 6: Our Response”
Getting Back To Where You Once Belonged
1 Samuel 7:3 – “If you are returning to the Lord with all your heart, then rid yourselves of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths and commit yourselves to the Lord and serve Him only, and He will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – You cannot return without turning around. You have to stop going in a direction that is against God in order to return to God. You have to turn around and go back towards God.
My Advice – When you have been out of God’s will and you want to return to Him, make sure you do so wholeheartedly. Do not try to hang onto what got you outside of God’s will in the first place. It just will not work. Rid yourself of it and recommit yourself to God.
Who Will Intercede?
1 Samuel 2:25 – “If a man sins against another man, God may mediate for him; but if a man sins against the Lord, who will intercede for Him?” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Today, of course, we know that the answer to this rhetorical question is Jesus Christ. He is qualified to intercede and is accepted by God.
My Advice – You have a relationship with God because you have a relationship with His Son. Make sure you maintain a good relationship with Jesus, by trying to live your life in a way that would be pleasing to Him. If it is pleasing to Him, it will be pleasing to God.
Judges 3:12, 15 – Once again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord. Again the Israelites cried out to the Lord, and He gave them a deliverer. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – This is a recurring theme throughout the book of Judges. Israel falls into sin. Israel gets into trouble because of the sin. Israel cries out to God for help. God delivers Israel. While it is much better to obey in the first place, God’s mercy and grace is abundant.
My Advice – Life is full of spiritual set backs. Often it is the same nagging sin that we had trouble with not so long ago. Do your best to resist temptation. But when you do sin, never fall into the devil’s trap of thinking that God will not forgive you this time. God will always forgive if your confession and repentance are sincere. His well never runs dry.
The Blame Game
Take a look at the today’s “amusing” cartoon. Ever had that experience. Dumb computer, it cannot possibly be my fault could it?
In reality, this is just a new spin on a very old problem. Take these for example: (all from NIV 1984). Continue reading “The Blame Game”