Month: October 2015
Mastery Over Cravings
“God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sinb for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Have you ever said something like, “Lord, if You will just tell me what you want me to do, I will serve You to the best of my ability”? If God were to put you in that kind of assignment, could He trust you to handle it? Are you ready to go to the next level of faith in God?…God knows the exact limits of your faith.
Our own hearts can deceive us (see Jer. 17:9). We can often have a higher estimate of our faithfulness and trust in God than we should. God is never fooled. He always matches His assignments with our character and faith in Him. So trust Him. Don’t insist that God put you in a position you think you should have. Don’t strive to gain a position you think you deserve or can handle…Rather, trust Him and obey wholeheartedly where He has put you, and watch to see where He leads you next.
Remain faithful in what He HAS told you to do, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant it may appear. God knows what He is doing. Focus on deepening your communion with God, and out of that fellowship will inevitably flow effective service for God.
All the preceding words were taken directly from the book “Experiencing God” by Henry Blackaby. It’s truly an amazing journey through what it means to know and do the will of God. Every follower of Jesus should read it!
Greater Than Our Hearts
I’m on the tail-end of reading through the whole Bible this year. All I have left is to read through the books of the prophets…right now I’m about halfway through Jeremiah. Reading large portions of scripture, in-context and chronologically, has reinforced my sense of wonder and appreciation for The Lord. The truth of the fallen nature of all of us, and our great need for Him. He created us out of love and for fellowship, but with free will to choose. Over the ages of His interactions and covenants with His people, it is amazing to see His repeated dedication to REDEEM (restore, “buy back”) His people from the sins that separate them from Him… no matter how corrupt they become, and regardless of how severe their consequences had to be. That cycle repeats itself to this very day, in my life as well as everyone else who seeks Him. He is good, and He can be trusted.
The scriptures reveal the character of the One True God. The only thing more powerful than His hatred for sin is His relentless love for the sinner!
That’s why I love Him.
“If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.”
(1 John 3:20)