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God Bears Us Up

Yesterday I spent three hours with a young family showing them possible houses that might become their home. Their young children were excited about having their own rooms but the youngest, not yet able to walk, was left in the dust, crawling around in each living room. I must have looked like a giant to him as his small body struggle to stand but as he crawled and got up on one knee he looked at me and raised his right hand as if to say, "Pick me up and carry me in your arms." Several times I lifted him into my arms and he returned the favor with a big smile. The psalmist understood God's part in his daily life when he said, "Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens." (Psalm 68:19) He knew that his God so mighty, all knowing, identified as Creator, Sustainer, Deliverer, Rescuer, would stoop down to bear him up in His arms. To carry the burden with him and be his Father. The Newsboys in their song In the Hands of God say this in t…

Up the Ante

In poker you start with an ante placed in the middle of the table before receiving your cards. The bigger the stake, the bigger the game. Placing that amount of money is a statement of your expectation to play and of your hope that the ante will prime the pump for a big win. What do you expect from God? Do you understand how great He is and how much He wants to give to you? God has moved kings to do His bidding. He has taken a family and made them into a nation, ripping them out of the hands of the greatest nation on earth at that time, Egypt. I believe Paul understood the depths of God's power and willingness to use it at His children's request when he said, "Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…" (Ephesians 3:20) This phrase has been interpreted as "able to do all, above all, abundantly above all, and exceeding abundantly above all." That is multiplying His actions for us many fold above our expectations. Do you unde…

Contrast

There are many contrasts in life. The light and the dark. The water and the dry land. The animals and man. The good and the bad. Paul describes the greatest contrast of all in the work Christ performed on the cross. We know that God took a people group, Israel, and built them into a nation under the protection of the nation of Egypt, then, drew them out to become a nation with governance, religious principles (The Law), a military and a homeland. These were called the people of God and then Christ, their prophesied Messiah, came and they reject him. But still God used their Messiah, who is the Messiah of the whole world, to break down the original walls of distinction that He had set up around them. Those who were not a part of Israel were designated as "Gentiles" and seen as "separated from Messiah, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world." (Ephesians 2:12)  And now, God brings…

Comparison

What is your own evaluation of yourself? This is a good question, one that we should all address. Too often our evaluation of our self is based on a comparison of us with others. That could be in athleticism, intellectualism, spiritualism, or other aspects of being. We have a tendency to overrate ourselves or underrate ourselves depending on the vantage point we take. This is a relative rather than absolute foundation upon which to base your conclusions. We have no control over those around us and we have no need to be like them. In fact, if we do have a desire to be like them then we are missing the real purpose for the way God created us. Teens seek to conform, to be similar rather than unique because they don't want to stand out. But God has made us all unique. He has made no duplicates, neither does He want them. Therefore, we should compare our self only with our self. We should evaluate our own advancement against our own past. Paul said, "Each one should test his own …

Spirit Life

What are the options available to us when life begins? That may seem a weird question but let me expand. When we come into life we are all sinners. We have a sin nature that is evident. Take a look at any two-year old and doesn't he/she want his/her own way? If we are truthful, yes is the answer to that question. We are selfish by nature and selfishness is at the root of the sin nature within us. So, we continue to live that way as we walk through life until we are brought face to face with the good news about Jesus Christ. That Jesus actually died for our sins and rose again by the power of God to a new way of life. If we accept this and submit to Him as the Lord of our life, then we are given a new way to live life. Paul discussed this with the believers of Galatia when he said, "Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit." (Galatians 5:24-25) Paul wa…