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Heard

When you pray, do you believe you are heard? When the very thing you are requesting does not happen as you thought it should, do you have a tendency to believe that God did not hear you?
There is a verse in Hebrews 5 which may help us in light of this quandary. Jesus “offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” (verse 7; Mark 14:35-36, 39; Matthew 26:39, 42, 44; Luke 22:42)
Jesus prayed fervently about deliverance from death. It was not an easy thing to know all his life that he was to ultimately lay down his life in a tortuous death. Yet, the author says, “he was heard.” He prayed, was heard, went to the cross and died. How are we to reconcile this?
If he was heard, and we believe he was, then the answer came not in the avoidance of death but in the deliverance from death through the resurrection. He was heard because of his sincerity, “because of his reverent submission.” So t…

Decision

Decision“God is the builder of everything.” This powerful and instructive statement is a quote from Hebrews 1:4b. How often do we clear our minds of every other thought and reflect on this particular thought?
God created all things that are seen. The mountains, water, humans, every animal and rock in nature, the stars and planets. But even more than this, God created all things that are not seen. Gravity, velocity, wind, humidity, air pressure, germs, all natural laws and much more.
As one person questioned, “How does that make you feel?” We tend to ignore this truth and live in light of our own faulty assumptions. We go about living in a world which continually acknowledges its creator and yet we miss it and even make up stories in opposition to this truth.
Our hearts are bent on doing the opposite of what He wants. He desires praise, acknowledgement, honor, and respect. He receives this from angels, seraphs and cherubs but not from His highest creation, man. When will we learn to live …

Fervent Lips

Often, warm lips can cover up cold and calloused hearts. We believe that we can hide the nature of our heart but it seeps out through our lips by our words of criticism, sarcasm and topics of conversation. Solomon spoke to this in Proverbs 26:23 when he said, “Like a coating of glaze over earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart.” Covering up dishes to make them seem more valuable does not change the fact of what they really are.
We think we can speak all the Christian verbiage in certain places and we are covered. But our language, which should be different than the world around us, betrays us by its innuendo and coarseness. Our tone of voice and pitch betray the pain and hurt inside us.
How can our words and heart be united in a good way? We are stuck with our sin nature till the day we die but how can we stop the sinful heart from expressing itself? What can we do to curb its control? It cannot be by our will alone that change happens. It starts with the salvation we find in C…

Picturing God

What is your picture of God? We all gather earthly representations of God like pictures of our father and mother and maybe other important people and the way they treated us. We parallel this to the way we are seemingly treated by God. We think of Him in human terms and we miss the eternal nature and greatness of Him.
Jeremiah in his Lamentations spoke much of the discipline of God. He wept over the destruction of God’s people and Jerusalem. Yet, he understood that God was using conquering nations to discipline a people who would not bow their knee before Him.
However, Jeremiah still had faith and hope in the future of the people of God. Note these verses: “Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.” (Lamentations 3:32-33)
Do you understand that God’s love and justice must unite and carry out the plan of God? It is not God’s desire to destroy but rather to build, however, the…

Blamelessness

In most discussions between two parties that have been fighting no one is blameless, both can be blamed for something which started their battle. David, as ruler over Israel, sought to uphold the Lord and praise his love (kindness) and justice.
In order to be a proper witness of his God, David felt the need to lead a blameless life. He felt that this was the only way God would abide with him. So, he reflects on those things necessary to be blameless. Psalm 101:2-8
He will walk in his own home “with a blameless heart.” Kindness and justice will prevail at home. Vs. 2bHe will not put before his eyes for viewing any “vile thing.” The eyes being the windows to the soul, David will protect. Vs. 3aHe will hate the deeds (not the persons) of “faithless men.” Or said in a more picturesque way, “they will not cling to me.” He will not be associated with any activities that link him to other persons who do evil. Vs. 3bHe will not allow “men of perverse hear…

Benefit of Forgiveness

We all need forgiveness because we all sin; it may be against yourself or another but all sin is also primarily against God. We have spoken of this before.
In Psalm 130, the writer cries out to God because of the depths in which he finds himself. He identifies these depths as the result of sin but also identifies God as full of forgiveness, so he waits for the Lord to cleanse him. The benefit of the forgiveness he receives from God is threefold.
He is refreshed and relieved. His conscience is cleared and there is peace in his heart.He is restored to a relationship with God. He reverences God because of His forgiveness. He says, “with you there is forgiveness, therefore you are feared.” (Psalm 130:4) God is respected not only because He can discipline because of sin but also because He can forgive.He brings hope to others who are also willing to seek forgiveness. He says in verse 7-8, “O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is …