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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

July 19, 2017

In two sentences, how would your life be summarized and described? Hopefully like this:

"
Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem; and his mother's name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath. He did right in the sight of the Lord and walked in all the way of his father David, nor did he turn aside to the right or to the left." (2 Kings 22.1-2)

In an evil age, an eight-year-old boy ascended to the position of king. The prominent mention of his mother indicates she likely was an important factor in his righteous life. But, the choice was still his to make when he became an adult. He chose wisely and righteously.

We may never come into a position of governmental or cultural importance, but our life is having an impact; likely greater than we will ever know. Nothing greater could ever be said or written than that we "did right in the sight of the Lord," and that we did not "turn aside to the right or to the left."

The record of our lives is not yet completed. Regardless of what might be written or said about our past life, we have the opportunity today for a new legacy. May we deliberately choose to do "right in the sight of the Lord," and not veer from the course of righteousness as we are led by Messiah Jesus and the indwelling Spirit of God.


Steve
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July 18, 2017

Things of importance require maintenance. Neglecting regular oil changes, tire rotation, and filter changes on your car will have consequences. If you value your means of transportation, you will tend to maintenance. "we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it." (Hebrews 2.1)

Salvation is a grace gift, but that doesn't mean we coast through life with it on autopilot. Maintenance is required. Like a brightly-lit "check engine" light is this important reminder: "how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?" (Hebrews 2.3)

I well remember a church attender years ago, who placed their Bible on a shelf after services, and then picked it up again the following Sunday. Apparently they didn't have a need for it the other six days. A Sunday Christian should have reason for concern in light of the teachings of Hebrews 2.1 and 3. Careful attention to the disciplines of Bible reading, prayer, Christian fellowship, and service are key maintenance issues.

So-called "browbeating" is not intended here, but rather an encouragement to tend to maintenance of something of utmost importance. If you value God's grace through Christ (and I trust that you do), you will gladly and joyfully tend to that which will enrich your experience as your journey toward the kingdom of God and immortality. As members of the family of God, we're in this together, to help and encourage one to aspire to the greatest. May these words help you to that end.


Steve
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July 12, 2017

If you think it is important, you will make it a point to talk about it. That's why weather, sports, and politics are key discussion topics. But, what about our faith?

 
"I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective and powerful because of your accurate knowledge of every good thing which is ours in Christ." Philemon 6, Amplified Bible)


The more we think about it and diligently study it, the more valuable we find it to be. And, that increased sense of value leads to more talk and discussion. Thus, it's important that we be pro-active in exploring the depths of what we have in Christ. A lifetime of exploring will never exhaust this subject!

In an age of superficiality, we have a wonderful opportunity to share something of substance and meaning, if we've first explored and discovered it ourselves. It's a winning combination to have something to share concerning what we've personally experienced, and what we've discovered through diligent study.

May our faith be powerful and effective as we gain "
accurate knowledge of every good thing which is ours in Christ."


Steve
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July 11, 2017

Here is a prayer truly worth praying. "O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, today let it be known that You are God in Israel and that I am Your servant and I have done all these things at Your word. Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that You, O Lord, are God, and that You have turned their heart back again." (1 Kings 18.36-37)

That's a prayer that got results. Fire came down from heaven to confirm that Yahweh is God (which just happens to be what Elijah's name means). Zeal for the reputation of the One True God was the driving force in Elijah as he boldly called for a showdown between the false prophets and gods and the reputation of Yahweh.

The pressing need today is that lost people come to know the only true God, and His Son, Jesus Christ (see John 17.3). Nothing is more important than that it be known of us that we have "
done all these things at Your word," and that "this people may know that You, O Lord, are God, and that You have turned their heart back again."

What if we made it our goal and prayer today, and every day, that our actions be directed by His word? And, what if our fervent prayer was that He would answer so that people would truly know that His is God? We just might see an "Elijah revolution" that would shake and shape this world as He truly wants.


Steve
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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

July 5, 2017

He is absolutely incomparable. "O Yahweh, the God of Israel, there is no God like You in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing lovingkindness to Your servants who walk before You with all their heart" (1 Kings 8.23) 

In  a world of false gods and belief systems, the Creator of all is matchless. The true God, Yahweh, who has revealed Himself to Abraham and his descendants through Christ, establishes and keeps covenants. His gracious and generous covenants are promises of resurrection, immortality, forgiveness, and endless blissful existence on a new earth in the age to come. And in the present age, He shows "lovingkindness to Your servants who walk before You with all their heart."

He calls to us today:
 "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." (James 4.8) Isn't the incomparable God of the universe worthy of our time and effort to reach out to Him, knowing He will draw as near to Him? Surely there can be no more profitable pursuit this day. Seek Him out, because He is seeking time with you.

Steve
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

June 28, 2017

"His truth is marching on." These song lyrics reflect a concern and passion that the apostle Paul had. "Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you; and that we will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith." (2 Thessalonians 3.1-2)

It is of the utmost importance that God's word be shared far and wide, and that it be embraced as a life guide. It remains, as it always has been, God's expressed truth. To embrace it is to find the pathway of life; to reject it is the ultimate disastrous decision.

Those who have embraced and loved His truth can claim this promise: "
But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.  We have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing and will continue to do what we command. May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ." (2 Thessalonians 3.3-5) 

Those who love and practice truth find strength and protection. They sink roots down deep into the Father's love, and find steadiness in life through connection with Christ. Theirs is a productive and satisfying life. 

May His word be honored in your life, and may you readily share it with others. As those who do so, we are confident of His protection and strength, and your steadfast in life as you await and work fully for the coming King and kingdom.


Steve
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

June 27, 2017

It's a sordid story of sex, lies, and murder; hardly what we would expect from a man after God's own heart. Reading like a modern-day tabloid, all the details are there in 2 Samuel 11.

The problem begins with a king having too much time on his hands: "Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem." (2 Samuel 11.1) 


Idle time quickly led to a sinful scenario: "Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king's house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance." (2 Samuel 11.2) What follows is tragic story of sinful degradation: lust, sexual immorality, an unplanned pregnancy, deception, and murder. Although King David would eventually repent (Psalm 51) and be forgiven, life would never be the same. The sin legacy was a household of conflict and turmoil. 

All sin can be forgiven, but there are always consequences. Sin prevention is always better than sin confession. A key lesson from this tawdry tale of sin is avoiding situations conducive to moral failure. Sometimes we set ourselves up for a fall by deliberately placing ourselves in situations where sin is almost certain. Idle time, with too much opportunity to think about indulging. Lingering lustful looks, that lead to immoral action. Further sinful actions to "cover our tracks." It all so easily spirals downward.

Whatever we are preoccupied with becomes a pathway to action - good or bad. As such, this is the best advice of all: "
How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word ... Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You." (Psalm 119.9,11)

Steve
 
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