Saturday, May 27, 2017

Tempted By The Good

In the wilderness Jesus was tempted by evil, for this is the land of the knowledge of good and evil. 


In the wilderness we find ourselves tempted by both good and evil. God woos us with the word and tempts us with the good. In fact, it sounds too good to be true and that's the good news. 


It's true!

All People - 1 Timothy 3:1-4

1 Timothy 2:1-4 ESV 


First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.


When Jesus died for the world, it was an invitation to all people to come to the knowledge of the truth. This should be our prayer and desire. Salvation is not imposed, but for those who would come, so come and see. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

A Word

There is a word that holds the power of life and death, which opens and closes the door to both. 

The word is Jesus Christ. 

On This Island - Revelation 1:9

Revelation 1:9

I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.


The kingdom of Christ requires a constancy and endurance in the face of tribulation that is unique to those in Christ. The trials and experiences are not unknown to those outside the kingdom, but for the believer the encounters of life will result in an eternal refinement and learning. Now we experience them as we walk in the kingdom of heaven. This takes place after our baptism of repentance, as it was with Jesus. 


We then find that all things do work for the good of those who love the Lord. When we can give thanks to God in all things and circumstances because we can see that the Lord can work in the good and bad experiences that come our way. 


It is often in the wilderness and when alone that we encounter God. That was the case for Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Ezekiel, and Jacob. John encounters this vision from God in his solitude on this remote rock in the sea. 


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Consumed

When a man dies his body remains, but something leaves the body that is more the man than that which is left behind. 


Science is consumed with understanding a thing that will soon be a corpse. A follower of Christ is consumed by life. 

One

If God did not speak the truth, then truth is up to man. 

If truth is up to man, then there is no truth. 


God is one and He the truth. 

Man is many and has no one truth. 


One describes God and truth. 


May His light shine on you this day! 

Hear Me - Psalms 4:1

Psalms 4:1 ESV hear my prayer 


To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!

You have given me relief when I was in distress.

Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!


We are to wait on the Lord, even as He waits patiently for us.


Micah 7:7

But as for me, I will look to the Lord;

I will wait for the God of my salvation;

my God will hear me.