January 5, 2018

~ My Hope Is In The Lord ~



Ever since the fall, sin has wreaked havoc on the world and its inhabitants.  Paul, in the eighth chapter of Romans, describes how every part creation awaits restoration when he declares, “For the creation waits with eager longing... [to] be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. (19, 21)” If you are like me, then you connect with the thought expressed in these verses.  The consequences of living in a fallen world are palpable.  The weight of living for Christ is forever present and at times feels unbearable.  Yet, God continues to tarry and we continue to be Christians living in a fallen world.  

That being the case, the question is, then how are those who profess Christ live in a world, a culture opposed to Him and His way?  The answer is simple yet difficult.  It is simple in that answer is to have complete confidence in Him who calls us to Salvation.  It is difficult for thought our hope lies with Him who was victorious on the Christ, the battle still rages. 

It is my prayer that each of us will daily take into account the words of a few verses in Lamentation… and that we will live these out daily!  Let us remember the assurances found in Lamentations 3:22-24, that “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.   “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

December 20, 2017

ENTHUSIASTICALLY MAKING HIM KNOWN!



As we enter the New Year… as we think on what kind of person we want to be in the next year, I want to be one who belongs wholeheartedly to God.  I want to relish the fact that I am God’s cherished possession, that He liberated from my slavery to sin… that He rescued me from drowning in the sea of my sin… that He brought light and life to my soul.  

A particular section, the end of the second chapter of Titus, comes to mind when I think on New Year.  One particular verse reminds us of what we are and encourages the Christian to be one who eagerly seeks to do the work of God.  Titus 2:14 states, “who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”  The truth spoken here resounds in depth of who I am.  It tells me that I was a person in need of rescue.  That that rescue was brought through the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ.  And that that love ought to cause in me the desire to fervently declare the works of Him who saves.

That is my prayer for this New Year, for myself and for those called by His name, that we be people who passionately proclaim, in every word and in every deed, the one who saves.