Monday, May 25, 2015

One of These Little Ones

Matthew 18:2-3 and 8.

And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, "Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." I have read these verses over, maybe hundreds of times, but this is the first time I saw it this way:

When a person is converted, he is a child in the Lord; "born again." The new birth makes us trusting and vulnerable, just like a child. If anyone offends a newly born again child in the Lord, that is to say, to cause a new Christian to question or abandon his salvation, it would be better for that person if "a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea."

I know it's been there all this time, but it just connected in my spirit. Was Jesus likening the child to a new believer? If He wasn't particularly doing that, it's still a valid connection to make for us.




                                          

Sunday, May 24, 2015

A Part, Not Apart

I was late getting started to work the other day, so my time with God was a little hurried. I didn't like the feeling of hurriedly reading the Bible and praying so I could get on with my day.

Writing it out makes it seem even more awful, but that day I told God that I didn't want to have leave His presence and go to work.

What did He say? "Let me be a part of your day, not apart from it."


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Real Christians

Thinking things over, I was inspired to look up "real Christians." I guess I'm not the only one who finds it hard to swallow the concept of Christians being "nice" and without personal problems. Of course, we know everyone has problems, but Christians don't have serious problems, right?

This stems from looking for a forum online where I could feel at ease. I didn't find one, in case you want to know.

What I did find was a board for "Non Christians asking for prayer," And "Non Christians with serious questions." Maybe I should have posed as a non Christian. '
Being a Christian does not mean that we are squeaky clean and nice all the time. We have bouts of anger, we have doubts and fears, and yes, we have addictions and ugly sins. Can't talk about that, though. Then we would look just like the world.

Well, no, we wouldn't. We are not like the world and if we are real and honest, we will never look like the world. What person battles an addiction with Christ on his side and doesn't give God the glory? What Christian, who, after spending an evening weeping before God, does not demonstrate power and victory?

Like the world? Oh, no... Real Christians are approachable by those who do not know Him. Real Christians don't always "have it all  together" but real Christians know, without a doubt, where to go to get it all together and they know, without a doubt that they are grounded on the Rock that will never, never fail them. No matter what.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Spirit of Truth

Although we are told that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7), and that confusion is not of God  (1 Corinthians 14:33), there are still times when we must fight that battle.

Confusion in the spirit can be devastating. It can seem impossible to discern right from wrong - God's voice from the imposter who comes as "an angel of light."

The stock advice says to compare the voice with what's in the Bible, but even then, it can be difficult.

The only way - and it's often hard work - is to pray until the light comes through. Even then, we must wait on God to reveal it to us.

He will. He promises that He will be with us always and He will, no matter what we are "feeling."

Sunday, May 17, 2015

For His Purpose

More often than not, what God does is done despite us, and not because of us. If you don't believe me, read Psalm 106. His people forgot the things He had done, over and over. They made an idol and they complained about His provision, yet he
continued, undeterred, with His plan. From them would come the Messiah and it needed to be done a certain way.

Today, He continues with a purpose; with one end result in mind and that is to secure the Bride of His Anointed, His Son. In spite of us, He will drag us complaining if must be, or bring us along peacefully, to do what He wants done next to fulfill everything He has set out to do.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Chipping Away

When we struggle with a sin and find it hard to get the victory over it, it's like a chick hatching. He has to work at it to gain strength for his new life outside the shell. It's the same way with us.

We cry out to God for help and sometimes He simply waits, allowing us to chip our way through the problem.

Not that we can overcome it on our own; it's all under His watchful eye. He knows when to help and when to wait it out so we can learn or see or gain strength - whatever it is we need.