Are you committed to the church…or simply dating it? 1 Corinthians 12:12, “the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.”
What does this teach us? DELEGATE! Do only the things no one else can do. This is not a principal of laziness to get out of work…but to ensure the work is done.
(1) God is Our Lord and Master. Psalm 16:2, “I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord.” You cannot expect to take refuge in God, If you haven’t first been saved by God. Refuge and protection in this life is worthless without refuge in eternity. God has planned his eternal refuge through the death of His Son so that God’s justice would be accomplished as Christ took our sin debt. If by faith we receive God’s grace we will have eternal refuge.
As mother’s day is coming tomorrow morning, it gives us time to reflect on the wonderful woman who endured painful labor to bring us into the world and in some cases even more pain raising the stubborn and sinful child.
As I think of my mom, I think of Proverbs 31. First of all the greatest love she showed to me, is her love of my dad (31:12). A great example of how to have a loving home, and also the humility to admit when things were not done according to God’s design so that I could learn from her mistakes. Strength and dignity were in fact my mom’s clothing (31:25) as she modeled integrity and a quiet strength. My mom was instrumental in imparting wisdom, “She opens her mouth with wisdom and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue” (31:26). These along with many of the other traits of a godly woman in Proverbs 31 causes me to rise up and call my mom blessed.
I am grateful to my mom for her years of investment in my life, and I am also grateful that I now have a wife that is modeling these same traits to my children. To my wonderful mom and to beautiful wife of my children, I love you both. Happy Mothers Day.
Psalm 57 is a Psalm written of David that according to the prescription was written when he fled from Saul and hid in the cave, probably referring to 1 Samuel 22 or 24. The Psalm begins with David crying out for mercy, that God what protect him. (vs. 1-2). He then moves into confidence knowing that God in fact will come down from Heaven and not only rescue him, but disgrace his enemies (v. 3). I love the fact that David cry’s out to God, not neglecting prayer and still expecting something to happen, but longs for God’s mercy, and knows that God will hear him and take action.
David then gives some poetic ways of describing his circumstances (vs. 4-6) by stating he’s surrounded by fierce lions who desire to devour him, that his enemies have set a trap to ensnare him, but ends with although they have dug the pit for him, it is they who have fallen into the trap.
What would your response be in a life threatening situation such as David’s? Better yet, what would your response be in a trivial difficulty in comparison? Would it be to complain? Murmur? Point the finger at God? What is David’s response? Unashamed praise to God! Psalm 57:7-11 (NLT):
I was asked by a coworker today this question, “What is your favorite bible verse?” My initial reaction was to give him a verse that has been a staple in my spiritual growth, a so-called life verse if you will. So I told him Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
As I began to think about that question throughout the rest of my shift and even tonight, I was struck with how frivolous an answer I really gave to him. To pick one short statement out of the entirety of God-breathed, infallible Scripture is almost unthinkable. The right answer may be as obvious and simple as a child’s answer when you ask them what they learned in Sunday School…they say about Jesus. The entirety of Scripture is equally important as it lays out the framework of redemptive history from the fall of man into a depravity of sin, the promise of a coming Messiah, the Messiah’s substitutionary death and resurrection to pay the penalty of our sin debt and give the hope of our future resurrection, culminating in the exaltation of Christ for all eternity where we will not just have paradise, but have sweet communion with our God and Savior Jesus Christ for all eternity.
What is your favorite bible verse? All of it!
Soli Deo Gloria
Those who have gone through the horrors of sexual abuse face multiple trails even after the attack. Whether it is fear, shame or the multiple other emotional turmoils. This post on The Resurgence is a great reminder of the grace of God in such circumstances.
A book I would recommend also is from the Resurgence Literature library also known as Re:lit, entitled, Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault.
With the recent death of Osama Bin Laden, my thoughts immediately did not jump to answer this biblically. Like many Americans, my initial reaction was relief and to some extent joy, I mean this man was a mass-murderer of thousands of Americans and has continued to terrorize in many ways. How should we react in situations where wicked, evil men are destroyed, especially when they have caused you or others close to you great pain?
First, it is right to desire justice for sin. Especially for the murder of innocent lives, in fact justice must be carried out, Genesis 9:6, “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.” In Revelation souls that have been martyred for their faith in Christ cry out for justice. Revelation 6:10, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”
Second, do not take pleasure in the death of the wicked. This is where many of us in situations such as these cross the line into sin. We know justice must be played out, but we take pleasure in seeing their demise. Ezekiel 33:11, “As I live, declares the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways…” God does not take pleasure in the death of the wicked, no matter how wicked they are and neither should we as believers in Christ. Our desire should be that they turn from their way, turn from their sin and to God and live. Do we truly pray and desire for the salvation of Muslim terrorists that they would turn from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light?
As Christians we should praise the Lord for His justice when He judges the wicked, but also be saddened as we realize another soul has perished to eternal hellfire. Let us be faithful to preach the gospel to every person, realizing that we too would be bound for the same eternal punishment if it were not for Christ’s complete and redemptive work on the cross.
Soli Deo Gloria