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Response

God is never early, nor ever late. He doesn't miss appointments or decide He doesn't need to meet. He always shares what to do and always cares as a shepherd for those who desire to be His sheep. You would think with that kind of reputation everyone would flock to Him. They would desire to be in His company and to listen and obey His words. But that is not the case. Many ignore Him; worship idols far inferior to Him. Blame Him for their problems and are angry with Him for not fulfilling their selfish desires. Zechariah spoke God's perspective about this type of people, "they refuse to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and stopped up their ears. They made their hearts as hard as flint and would not listen to the law or to the words that the Lord Almighty had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets." (Zechariah 7:11-12a) So, what was God's response? "the Lord Almighty was very angry. When I (The Lord) called, they did not listen; so wh…

Purpose

Have you thought much about God and you? Do you recognize His work in your life? These are deep and thought provoking questions if you are a thinker and a doer. King David was anointed at 16 to be King of Israel and follow the kingship of Saul but he did not sit on the throne until he was 30. How would you do with knowing that you have a purposed life and still waiting for it to happen? There is a group of psalms toward the end of the 150 presented in the Bible. In the first of these David seems to look back from the throne and say in confidence, "The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me." (Psalm 138:8) He is experiencing the promise of God's direction and purposed involvement in his life in this psalm. In Psalm 139 David speaks of his all-present God. From his time in the womb, then in dark places, in high places, God is everywhere present alongside David. Chapter 140 reveals more closely the dangerous circumstances that were before him. But God is his rescuer, protector,…

Blameless

I remember the day I stood in front of another person and asked them to forgive me for something I had done to them. What a day! They said, "Yes," and I walked away with a clear conscience. I felt blameless for a while. To become blameless for the things we messed up and see personal relationships restored is a great goal and can be achieved periodically, but because our flesh does not want to do what God wants us to, it tries to keep us from dealing with this challenge. The challenge to be blameless has been there even before Christ. Noah was "a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time and he walked with God." (Genesis 6:9) It was put to Abraham by God when He told him to "walk before me and be blameless." (Genesis 17:1) The people of Israel were told by Moses that they "must be blameless before the Lord your God." (Deuteronomy 18:13) However, there is another who has crossed the gulf for each of us, Jesus Christ, who died taking on t…

Spirituality

Everyone in the world has some kind of spirituality because God has placed within us a spiritual "hole" that needs to be filled. So spirituality is not "owned" by believer's in Christ. In other religions it may be seen as asceticism and for the "god deniers" it is secularism. It has been defined as "the state of deep relationship to God" so connection with God or for unbelievers connection with their "god" is spirituality. But as believers how can we understand this less as an ethereal concept and more as an actual activity? Consider the following connections as paramount to your spirituality: Connection to God the Father as a son. 1 John 3:1 says, "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" Romans 8:15b says, "you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, 'Abba, Father.'" We call Him "daddy." As a son there ar…