Devotional thought 12-8-2016

​so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.

He 9:28 NASB

There is one indisputable fact about Christianity and that is if any of what God has promised us does not fulfill itself we are to be pitied above all men. For each promise builds on the last one. It’s not just that Christ died for our sins. What good would that be if we also died never to live again. But He died and rose again and sits at the hand of the Father, but what good is that if we are stuck on Earth? But we are not since He said He will come and get us, but what good is that if we still have the prospect of death? 

No, this only “works” if He died for us, rose, went to heaven, comes back for us and we live eternally with Him. So that is why we eagerly await His return.

Devotional thought 12-7-2016

​Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

1 Co 1:25 NASB

We think we are so smart. With all our technology and science and yet we still stumble at basic stuff like how to love each other. And then some of us have the nerve to challenge the wisdom of God. 

We accept so many things in this world yet question Him on what He is doing. That makes no sense and shows us how foolish we really can be.

Devotional thought 12-6-2016

​Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,

Jas 1:2 NASB

When I  read the book of James I get the feeling that James was one of those old school believers. One of those people who said it didn’t matter what was happening to you, that God was still in control. You know like your grandma.

Cause it takes a different faith walk to say when the trials come on you consider it joy. But he understood this fact: trials are a way that we are purified. And things cannot be truly purified unless they are tested in the crucible of fire. The purification burns and causes us to react. The imperfections burn away until all that is left is pure faith and a pure heart. So when the tests come consider it joy for God is perfecting you.

Devotional thought 12-5-2016

And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

Hebrews 13:16 NASB

I’ll be honest with you, I do grow weary of doing good. If for no other reason than it seems that it never “pays off”. You do something good on your job and the person you helped out stabs you in the back. You try to help out at church and people spread gossip about you. On and on it goes until you question your sanity for continuing to do good and share with this world. And this feeling is expected when we aren’t in the right mental state, when we are doing good because we expect something in return and not because it’s what God would have us do.

But I notice that the text says God is pleased with these sacrifices. So even if it means I am exposing myself to hurt I should continue doing good. After all, He did good for all humanity and exposed Himself to rejection. 

Devotional thought 12-4-2016

​Delight yourself in the Lord ; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

Ps 37:4 NASB

Context is everything. We read the scriptures but don’t think about the context of what we are reading. Take the text for today for example. Some people look at it and say if I delight in God I’m getting that new BMW, that new house, that promotion. What is the context of this passage though? The writer wasn’t concerned about new houses (at least for himself) or earthly possessions. David was seeking after God’s own heart. So when the text says delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you what your heart desires, the premise is that your heart’s desire is to be like Him.

Context.

Devotional thought 12-2-2016

​Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.

Ps 42:11 NASB

We struggle with adversity when it comes our way. It’s almost as if the trouble descends on us and we forget everything that we have been taught. And all the stories of God’s delivering power are forgotten as if your problem is too big for Him.

But if we hope in God. If we will but praise Him in the midst of the trials we will find that we will not be in the pit of despair. We will be able to rest in the hope of His deliverance.

Devotional thought 12-1-2016

​”God thunders with His voice wondrously, Doing great things which we cannot comprehend.

Job 37:5 NASB

Sometimes you have to sit back and think about God. I know I do that and I’m continously amazed at the things He does and is doing. Like the text says they are ‘great things we cannot comprehend’. For example, they found a planet that was a diamond. Not had diamonds on it, the whole planet was basically a giant diamond. And when I thought about a diamond the size of a planet I started laughing at the sheer thought. The idea of it was beyond my comprehension. 

And the more we dwell on God the more He is able to reveal Himself to us and to show us His power. The more we think about Him, the more awesome He gets.