Monday, February 20, 2017
Since birth, Christ was accused of being a "son of fornication," by the ultra-religious (and legalistic) sect, the Pharisees. They claimed that his mother and father had sex before their marriage, at best, and that his mother was a harlot, at worst. Jesus, and his family, lived with this stigma all their lives.
The Savior did not carry any shame, however. He was shameless. And He was thus because He was sinless. Christ didn't allow taunts to absorb into His psyche. God was His father. Nothing any man could say would harm Him.
Matthew 1:18-21 (KJV) Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Because Jesus was born to save us from sin, we are free from its bondage. All we have to do is claim it. And that is where the trick lies. So many of us, me included, carry shame and other ugly weights around like old friends. They are not.
Trust Christ. Not shame.
Trust Christ. Not regret.
Trust Christ. Not sin.
Because He lives.
"Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He's going to be up all night anyway."--Mary C. Crowley
Monday, February 6, 2017
The surgery was a success. The patient had been wheeled into the recovery room, and the last surgical team member turned off the lights as she exited the room. The suite stood in disarray, soiled linens and used instruments littered the floor and tables. The weary surgeon headed home from the hospital.
There was a tragic car accident. A young man is badly injured. He will need immediate surgery. The orderlies rush him through the doors of the operating suite, only to find that it is still dirty from the last surgery. None of the team is dressed or ready to operate. There are no clean instruments to use. The surgeon sees that nothing is ready, so he turns and exits the room. There will be no surgery today.
Unprepared. There are days when I've got it all together, and others that it all falls apart. When I pray, read and study the Bible, I become disciplined in the ways of Christ. Not only that, but it helps me to discern the wiles of Satan.
Interestingly, there is no saturation point. You don't look back one day and call it good. The study of God and His Word is a lifelong pursuit.
The Surgeon only uses instruments that are sharp and ready. God wants His warriors to be prepared for battle.
"The study of God's Word, for the purpose of discovering God's will, is the secret discipline which has formed the greatest characters."--James Waddel Alexander
Monday, January 30, 2017
"Love means loving the unlovable, or it is no virtue at all."--G.K. Chesterton
John 13:35 (KJV) By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Matthew 22:36-40 (KJV) Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Our love for God can only be measured by our love for others.--Female in Motion
Monday, January 23, 2017
Titus 3:2 (KJV) To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
"Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you--not because they are nice, but because you are."--author unknown
Matthew 10:16 (KJV) Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
Monday, January 16, 2017
"Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to know about Plato and Aristotle or Einstein's Theory of Relativity or the Second Theory of Thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."--Martin Luther King, Jr.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 (KJV) Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
Monday, January 9, 2017
Honest and courageous people
have very little to say
about either their courage
or their honesty.--Hosea Ballou
Proverbs 3:3 (KJV) Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: