God’s building

Except the LORD build the house they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city the watchman waketh but in vain
– Psalms 127:1

This morning, I woke up with the above verse in mind. Though applicable in many ways, I’m today thinking especially of our church intention to canvas a new neighborhood this Saturday, tomorrow. Jesus said that if we intend to spoil a strong man’s house  – he must first be bound. We are looking to spoil the enemy’s house on Saturday, and he is a very strong man, much stronger than we, yet Christ has already defeated him. We desire to see the Lord’s house built in doing so, yet to build on our own is futile.

Let us approach all our lives through prayer. We cannot build but hay and stubble should not the Lord do the building, and we cannot succeed against the enemy, should not the Lord first bind him. We must deliver all to the Lord in prayer, asking Him both to bind the strong man – and build His house, His church, and then go in faith trusting for God to work. Romans 14:23 tells us that whatever is not of faith is sin – and this would include good things such as our plans. Let us go in faith, but first bathe the work in prayer. God can bind the strong man, God can build His house, and God can, and desires to, use us in doing so, but we must do God’s work His way should we desire to see eternal fruit.

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Loving God’s Word Ps. 119 Mem

O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day… for they are ever with me… for thy testimonies are my meditation… How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea sweeter than honey to my mouth!
– Ps. 119:97-103 – selections

God’s words ought always to be in our hearts and minds. Cleaning the kitchen this morning, these verses from a favorite section of my favorite chapter in the Bible came to mind.

What value is there in words? We all appreciate words, when someone praises us, telling us what good work we did, or how the appreciate us doing ____ for them, it means something. Depending on what was said, who said it, and the level of perceived truthfulness (how genuine), we may place more or less value on those words.

I’ve heard it said that one of the surest ways to change the actions of another are to praise them when the do what you like. I’ve not forgotten a friend who about 10 years ago was constantly praising his dishpit (commercial size dish cleaning) team, and seemed to always be enthusiastically speaking good and kind things of his family. Words have tremendous power to either build up, or else tear down.

Though words of people mean much to us, how much more ought God’s words to mean? His words are the words of life, they tell us how we can know our Creator, how we can have a relationship with Him, how we can be forgiven of our sins.

The psalmist here writes of what God’s words mean to him. They are so sweet to his taste, that he thinks on them all the day. When he wakes up… he is meditating, when he works, eats lunch, speaks with others, and goes to bed… God’s word is always on his mind and tongue. So ought we to be. Throughout the rest of this chapter, the longest in scripture, a great many wonderful reasons are given as to why we ought to love God’s word, why it ought to always be on our hearts and minds.

How can we get it to be this way? We must love the Author of the book enough that we delight in His words, that we read them anytime we are able, and then they will sink into our minds and hearts. When God’s ways are our delight, then we will rejoice in His word, it will always be on our hearts, and through faith, we will be able to live lives well pleasing to our gracious Lord and King!

How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweater than honey to my mouth!
Ps. 119:103

Edit: I just noticed it is also Valentines day – A day when people often send notes with… words… to people they care about. God already gave us His word… Have you opened it yet today, or do you prefer words from friends and family here on earth?

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Jonah’s God

Today I had opportunity to listen to a message titled “The God of Jonah”. Mark Rogers brings out some interesting points in this message, which I’ve never considered despite having studied this book in some depth a few months ago. I’ll continue below with interesting points, many of which are from his message.

One of the key points we see throughout the book of Jonah is God’s mercy. Assyria had a cruelly bloody history by the time Jonah came around, and news of their impending judgment was music to the prophet’s ears. I find this sadly like some believers who rejoice to think of the judgment the wicked will soon face, yet, as we know our God, one who reaps where He didn’t sow, so we ought to look out on the harvest fields, white and ready, and weep, not rejoice. There is no cause for us to rejoice in seeing the wicked on the brink of destruction – Christ died for them also!

We ought to weep, but we ought to go. God commanded us to go, to tell all people what great things He has done for us – which as we’ve been attempting to touch on over the last few articles, is far beyond anything we can ever account for. Before Christ, I was poor beyond measure, spiritually speaking, yet today, ano domini, I am rich beyond measure, for God gave me His riches – at Christ’s expense!

God commanded Jonah, His prophet, to go and warn the Ninevites, yet he did not go, because he wanted to see them destroyed. In the end, through God’s miraculous – note, outside the natural, and therefore unexplainable by science – intervention,  God brought Jonah to Nineveh, where he did preach and warn the people. When they repented, Jonah mourned.

It was here, that God allowed the hot sun to bother Jonah, as he watched and waited for the pending destruction, raised up a vine for shade for Jonah, and then had it destroyed the following day. Jonah mourned over the vine, but God had done this for a picture – Jonah had mercy on a vine, how about this people? On this question, the book ends.

How about you? God died for all this people on earth. Will you warn them, or do you rejoice to see them pour over the brink into destruction? Perhaps you are just unfeeling, having little care for them, yet how about your Lord? He cared so much He sent His Son to die, Christ cared enough to die for you. What about them? Will you warn them? God desires to show mercy, are you willing to be used in that?

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The Effect of Fearing God

Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
Prov. 31:30-31

Thinking during lunch today, this verse came to mind. Though once again, time to write is short, there are a few key points that stand out to me.

First of all, the context of this passage is Solomon’s mother, teaching him what kind of woman he ought to marry. Though I’m going to apply this passage to all of us, per II Tim 3:16, keep in mind the original context as well.

The key point I wont to look at is in the second verse quoted above. When a person fears the Lord, their actions will be different, and although others may not believe in the Lord, the selflessness of their actions will generally be commended nonetheless. Even the most wicked person has some appreciation for the person who has Godly charity, stemming from fear of the Lord, though it may be merely due to how they are able to take advantage of them. Throughout this chapter, we see this commendable woman giving, giving, and giving. Her hands and mind seem to stay busy in service for her family and others, but in the end, we find the root of it all. She does what she does, not for the praise it will garner, nor for the pleasure it brings her – for it consists of much labor, but rather she does it because God is watching, and He is who she cares most about.

The secondary point to make today, is a warning, both to men and women. As a man, I’ll start with the warning to men. The world, and over my few years, my ears as well, have been filled with stories of men who chose their wives and friends based solely on appearances. In the Bible, we see David’s fall with Bathsheba, based on what he saw, rather than what he thought, Samson and his wife, and later Delilah, his downfall, and a great many other examples of those who made poor decisions based on what they saw, rather than the actuality of substance. In the end, what matters most is not what kind of body a person lives in, though they would do well to take care of it, remembering it to be God’s temple, but rather who lives within. This woman is commended throughout the chapter, not for her appearance, but rather for her character. All or most of the stories I’ve known of people choosing based on appearance have had sad endings.

Next, the warning to women. I’ll not claim to understand all parts of this, but sadly, a great many women spend far more time and effort on appearance than the inside. Scripture does not say to forget appearances, for in fact, in several places, most notably Solomon’s song, we see some (there, us as the Church for the Lord Jesus), adorning themselves. As such, it seems to me there is little room either for Christians to focus overly much on appearances – or to excuse sloppy carelessness! However, as we are currently looking at this passage, and also as our American culture has much more difficulty with this extreme than the other, let us look at the passage clearly stated here, “beauty is vain.” It comes, and it goes. Interesting to me, many of those who have worked hardest to attract attention in their youth, have the most to overcome as time passes. That which matters most is the inside. As vain means hollow, so beauty is a shell, if there is nothing inside, it is vanity, if filled with the Spirit of God, it is a truly beautiful thing.

So for all of us today, what is it when people see us? Are we hollow, empty, vain people, or are we living for the Lord, caring but little what people think, but rather pressing forwards for the eternal crown which does not fade with time? For those who are doughnut lovers, how about a cream or jelly filled doughnut… with no filling? It would be a disappointing and empty pastry. So are we, when not filled with the Lord. Let’s live lives looking to God for commendation, and letting the rest be what it may. God’s praise lasts, the world’s passes away – and that right quickly!

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God’s Safety

[KJV] Psalms 4:8
I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.

This morning, I have but a very short time to write, but rose this morning with the above passage on my mind. This Sunday, I plan to teach on how God is one, Deut. 6. Part of this is how He is unchangeable. He is the one who protects us, false gods cannot. I can lay down in peace and sleep because I know God protects me. Money cannot, friends cannot, power cannot – why, even the president of our country has no certainty of safety with all his body guards!

I am safe, for as long as God desires me to be on this earth, He will keep me in safety. Because of this, I can have other-worldly peace while still present on this earth. I can have a joy in my heart – one that the world cannot give, for the Creator of all is my protector!

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God’s Grace

Perhaps I keep writing on the same thing… but God’s grace is something which I cannot, and hope I shall never, come to comprehend or ‘get over.’ He has done so much for me, ‘The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad!

Sadly, I think many of us have little desire to serve the Lord, or little gratefulness for the place from where he took us. I’ll not quote the whole passage here, but I often feel like I am Jerusalem as mentioned in Ezekiel chapter 16.

Though blessed to have been born and raised in a good and Christian family, I was born a son of Adam, born under the curse of sin. Thus, I was much like as we see in this chapter.

3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto Jerusalem; Thy birth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan; thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite. 4 And as for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water to supple thee; thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all. 5 None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the lothing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born. 6 And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live. … 9 Then washed I thee with water; yea, I throughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil. 10 I clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee with badgers’ skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered thee with silk. – Ezekiel 16:3-6, 9-10 KJV

Thus was I, and thus were you, dear reader – and such are you still if you haven’t yet turned to the Lord in repentance to be washed clean in Christ’s blood, and clothed in His righteousness.

However, I did repent, I did turn to the Lord, by His grace which hath appeared to all men [mankind], and thus He kept His promise and cleansed me. Sometimes when we read verses like John 3:16, I think we look at it much like we do people and things we naturally love – He loved us because we were lovable. That is far from true, for, “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly” [Rom. 5:6]. We were like Jerusalem above, born into the world, of the flesh, and awash in our own pollution, just like Jerusalem above. We had no chance of cleaning ourselves up, no possibility to please the Lord, and only righteous judgment for our sins in hell to look forward to. However, it was at this point that Christ loved us, at a point where we would never naturally love another, even here it was that He saw us, adopted us, and made us kings and priests [Rev. 1:6].

31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:31-39 KJV

What shall we say to these things? God picked us up out of our own filth, sin of our own making, sin also resulting from our nature – that of Adam’s race – and cleansed us, those who have trusted in Him.

When we see people in a ‘low estate,’ beggars on the corner, drunks in the bar, people with ugly disfigurement, etc., our natural response is to shrink away from them, to leave them alone. Those are but physical things though, God saved us when we were far uglier in our spiritual condition. It is with the eyes of faith that we see now what has been given to us, and so with eyes of faith can we see somewhat of ‘the beauty of His holiness’ [If I may quote a song] through the scriptures.

What then? God has done all this for us, who is going to bring up the charges against us for what we have done? It is Christ that condemneth. He is the only one who can bring up charges before God’s judgment seat for what I have done, because He is the offended party. How so? Why, when He died for me, He paid all my sin debt, and therefore as my surety – the one who paid what I couldn’t, which is everything – all other creditors are paid and only He can bring up charges.

As only Christ can bring charges against me, and He did everything He did for me out of love, it was a gift, and he is the one who is, verse 34, standing at God’s side pleading on my behalf! His Father, and mine through adoption, is the unswervingly righteous Judge, Jesus is the prosecutor, plaintiff, but He is at the same time my intercessor. He will not press charges, for He already paid them.

What then? I am free and clear of all my past, due 100% to what Christ has done. With all this as true, what then can separate me from Christ’s love? Not hard times on earth, not pain, persecution, or privation, though “we are killed all the day long: we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter” yet we think nothing of these, for “the love of Christ constraineth” us!

Some go out and share their twisted faiths in hope of earning their way out of hell. I share what He has done, because JESUS PAID IT ALL! There is no more to be had, as soon as Christ paid it, I am free! What more could one wish? I have no sin before the judge, the prosecutor is my defense attorney, I’m adopted into the Eternal King of king’s family, and I am loved with an everlasting love by He Who cannot lie!

What is left to say? He pulled me out of a horrible pit, and set my feet upon a rock, He saved me and loved me regardless of who I was, and gave me power to live in a way that pleases Him. I have nothing left to do but serve Him with a pure heart fervently looking to please Him Who died on my cross, and paid my debt on it. He took the Father’s wrath, so that I could have only His love! No matter what should happen on earth, no mater what kind of difficulties or pains I will face, my God is enough! It is all of grace.

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God is REAL: Obey Him

Imagine with me for a moment that we are fish swimming in water. The temperature stays a balmy 80F, and twice per day, food appears. We live a happy life without predators, just eating and swimming in our water. One day [stretching it here…] we start to talk to each other. I say, I think the greatest thing in existence is this water, every day it keeps us comfortable, every day it feeds us. I think the water is the greatest being or object in existence. After a time of thinking, you, being a smarter fish, point out that the food always comes from upwards, and therefore there is probably something greater than the water above it, for the food doesn’t come from the water, but rather above the water, and therefore you choose to worship a greater ‘god’, the sky above the water.

Now, let us step outside our imaginary world a little. Now we are the aquarium keepers. Every day, we feed the fish, and keep the aquarium heated to the proper temperature so that we can enjoy a little world of beauty inside the aquarium.

The fish used the knowledge they had to determine what was the greatest ‘thing’, yet they were wrong, though sincerely so. They had no clue that they lived inside a little world carefully maintained solely for our pleasure.

Now step further forward into reality, this time into history, very far back, in fact let’s go to the 4th day of time. Here we see God creating the sun and moon, and setting them as ‘rulers’ over the day and night. Who made these? God did.

Some hundreds or thousands of years later, people around the globe were worshiping the sun and moon as gods. They looked to them as the source of everything, as they gave heat, light, time, grew the plants, and so on. Yet, they, like those fish, looked from inside a very limited scope. The reality of the matter is that God made the sun and moon, and is therefore far greater than are they.

Today, we have ‘progressed’ as society beyond worshiping that which God made to rule the cycles of the earth and life to worshiping… the creature. Rather than being the fish worshiping the water or sky, we’re more like the fish… worshiping themselves. They say, look at what a good life we have created for ourselves, what can be greater than us? We therefore go about measuring everything by our own understanding and calling all those who believe in a ‘higher power’ superstitious. We, or rather society, declares that we are the greatest, and therefore are responsible not just for the preservation of ourselves, but also that of other organisms on the planet – and even the whole universe. That’s like the fish now claiming they are responsible for keeping the plants in the aquarium alive with them.

We as humans are unable either to give life to anything, or else to keep it in it after it’s time is expired. We are unable to clearly explain or replicate how life could come into existence through non-life, and that as complex as we see today. We have not progressed, but rather gone backwards, for we have gone from worshiping the ‘rulers’ of the day and night, or other similar things, to worshiping ourselves as the greatest beings. How foolish, for should we merely look a bit further out, or listen to He Who knows all, we could know the truth.

There is a God who rules in the affairs of men, and “his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation” [Dan. 4:3]. We would be wise to stop looking to ourselves for the answers and start listening to him that “liveth forever, who’s dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom from generation to generation: and all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among all the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?” [Dan. 4:35-3]

God is the ruler of all, He it is Who makes the nations as nothing. It is God who will teach the nations that they are ‘but men,’ and He it is Who not just is able, but will, humble those who walk in pride, those who worship themselves.

On a related topic, have you ever seen people who know all this, and yet live in opposition to it? Alas, it as all to common among Christians. We confess with our mouths that God rules, yet either try to ‘do His job’ ourselves because we aren’t happy with how He does it, or else, when experiencing His blessings, disobey Him in order to obtain more, or else retain those blessings by natural means. God blesses when we obey, but when we walk in pride and try to get those blessings through natural means, we then experience His judgment.

Consider for a moment Israel in the days of the kings. God would bless them for their obedience and following His ways, just as He promised. Later, they would realize that the other nations did different things to have good lives, and so they try to get a better life ‘freed of the yoke of God’, by doing things their own ways. Over and over, God showed them that disobedience resulted in judgment.

Sometimes we as Christians are pretty silly, or else foolish. We profess God, but then disobey Him, we seek faith, but won’t do what we already know is right for fear of the natural consequences. God desires truth in the inward parts, for He is the one who sees our hearts.

This week, will you consider what God thinks of your actions? He sees all, and will bring about consequences for our actions. Do not try and get the ‘world’s good’, but exchange God’s blessing for it. I had rather have only God, than all the world, for what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world, but lose his own soul? Remember the fish. God is real, though He is beyond our comprehension. However, we can know Him, and we can know what He wants, for He has already revealed it in His word. Remember, to obey is better than sacrifice, God wants us to do what He already told us to do.

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Saved!!

Have you ever considered how great a gift salvation is?

While driving home from work today, I couldn’t help but consider what grace it was which God gave to us to carry out His the plan of redemption through Jesus Christ. All of us have been found guilty by God, we have all been condemned by His purity and justice to an eternity in hell. The most holy of us have sinned before God, and the only ones who deny their guilt are liars, or those who have no clue of God’s righteousness. The more I learn of God’s holiness, the dirtier my offense seems, and the more I come to value the gift He gave to me in sending Christ. Romans 5:20b tells us that ‘where sin abounded, grace did much more abound,’ much as Jesus said of the sinful woman in Luke 7 who washed His feet, “Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.”

Our sins are all great, for they are all offenses against the Lord Who died for us. God is pure, and our sins are unclean. Like Cain of old, we cannot balk at God’s judgment of a life-sentence to the burning lake of fire “where their worm dieth not,” for it is the just punishment for our wickedness before God, no matter how great or small we may measure it to be here on earth. When we in pride try to pay off our great guilt, we set ourselves against God, but when we, like Cain, say, “my punishment is greater than I can bear,” and turn to the Lord’s mercy, then we begin to see who He is. When David sinned greatly in counting the people, he repented and said, “I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech thee, O Lord, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly” [2 Sam 24:10]. God did forgive him in his repentance, however, there were still punishments. In choosing between three options, David chose wisely saying, “I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand of the Lord; for his mercies are great…” [2 Sam 24:14].

God’s word has already condemned us guilty, but those who turn to the Lord’s mercy find grace through faith in Jesus Christ [Romans 4:5]. Seeing the greatness of my sin, the holiness of God, the price which my redemption cost God, and the holiness, purity, and adoption into God’s family which I receive, I have no power to either express, or else thank God for what He has done. He has given so much, I owed so much. He didn’t just give me forgiveness for the past, though that would have been astounding, but he also gave me power to live right in the future. Not only did He make me pure in the past, present, and future, give me power to live right, but He clothed me in Christ’s righteousness, and as so, adopted me into His family. What grace, what forgiveness!

There is much application which could be drawn from this, but I had rather leave you, my friend, here to stand in amazement at our God, at His great grace, mercy, and love, to say with the apostle John, behold, what manner of love the Father hath given unto us, that we should be called the sons of God! Though rarely short on words, I cannot find words sufficient to express my gratefulness for God’s love and forgiveness to me. The hymnist said it better than can I:

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.

Refrain

O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.

When years of time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men, who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

Refrain

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

Refrain

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New Life: New Desires 1 Pet 1:23-2:2

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever… But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
1 Pet 1:23-2:2

Friends, have you tasted that the Lord is gracious? Have you been born again, not of the corruptible seed of earth, but of the living word of God which is alive and sharp? If so, if you have tasted of the Lord’s grace, if you have been born again, there must be a change.

  1. You must desire more of that which you originally tasted.
    Peter here compares us to babies. Babies have a sort of insatiable appetite, always crying for more. Whereas I eat, and am full, or else content for a time, babies eat, and are then hungry again! That is how we must be with the word of God if we are to grow spiritually. A baby who doesn’t desire to eat is either lifeless, or very sick. So a Christian who has no desire for God’s word… is either lifeless, or very sick. If you want to experience the joy of the Christian life – and the joy of the Lord is our strength, then you MUST feast regularly on scripture. How often you ask? How long does a baby go without eating? Job said that he esteemed God’s words more than the food he needed to survive (Job 23:12)!
  2. You must lay some things aside
    Peter writes that precedes the desiring of God’s word… with obeying it. In essence he writes, “While putting aside the wrong things you do, desire God’s word.” It is not one and then another. Cares of this world will choke out love of God’s word. You can’t love God’s word and the world at the same time, it is impossible (1 Jn.), and so if we desire to know and love God’s word, we must lay aside the things that come between it and us knowing and loving it. Specifically noted here are malice, guile, hypocrisies, envies, and evil speaking. Most of these are relationally oriented, and as such have a great effect on our testimony. Failure to live a right life before others, to forgive, to live genuinely, to speak good and true things, failure to do these things, is to make a mockery of our professed faith.

Have you tasted God’s gracious favor? Have you experienced the joy of re-birth into Christ’s family? If so, take Peter’s exhortation and lay aside, and push forward! Love God’s word, by choice and action. Live a life that shows to others Christ’s power in your life.

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A Worm – Job 25:6

How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?
– Job 25:6

Have you ever considered how little and insignificant we are?

Small footprints by mine

While on a run last weekend, I came across some small footprints, the ones in the photo to the right. My footprint looks quite large in comparison. Can you imagine our comparison to God? In the passage above, speaking in reference to God’s greatness, one of Job’s friends declares us to be worms. In Psalm 22:6, David identifies himself as the same:

But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

I don’t know who left the footprints before me, but it was certainly someone a bit smaller. I wonder what mine would look like next to God’s, were He to leave a footprint large enough on earth to show His glory. Actually, the whole earth is just His footstool – Is. 66:1 and several other passages. If the earth is God’s footstool, I am nothing – and that is exactly what we see in comparing us to worms. But do you know what? God is gracious on worms. He gave the lilly its beauty, the bird it’s feathers, and He made us in His own image! I may be a worm, but God has compassion on worms, as long as they know what they are. Psalm 138:6 tells God knows the ‘proud afar off.’ He is distant from them, because they think they are something without Him. If we want to know God, we must first see who we are – nothing but a lowly worm, but a worm who God delights to show Himself powerful for and through.

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