Only willing love is worth the price that was paid on Calvary. Our God gives us freedom to choose, and His grace covers a multitude of sin. But as His Word and His Spirit reveal His will for us, if we reject His truth, God does get angry. Revelation refers to a Great White Throne Judgment for those who’ve rejected the Son’s sacrifice. Believers who have embraced that gift will be at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Judgment will come. Moved by God, the prophets, like Zechariah, warned mankind repeatedly.
The great Liberator is our Lord who freed us from the penalty of sin, the power of sin and, some day, the very presence of sin. Our liberation was planned before the foundation of the world. How we have benefitted! What we have as Americans could be lost, but we can never lose what we have in Christ.
Luke introduces many faithful servants who served even when service would bring public disdain or frustration. The gospel is full of good food – all kinds of leftovers. May we humbly ask for discernment and the will to respond as we should.
Busy? Hopefully, you are never too busy for the things of the Lord. We need to give careful thought to our ways. The Lord has the prophet Haggai make his people aware that without Him, they can labor and harvest little; they can eat, but never have enough. Peace and joy come from having the right priorities. Live with eternity’s values in view.
Like other minor prophets, Zephaniah answered the call upon his life to preach/teach God’s Word and warn a wayward people of God’s coming judgment. The words fell on hard hearts. The people would not respond to the prophet’s pleas. The Day of the Lord was coming, for the people continued to mix the true and the false – God and Milcom. Thankfully, a better day is coming.
Luke 10:25-37 Helpless, wounded, and abandoned by others is the experience many of us can identify with until God, the ultimate Good Samaritan, came along. The desire of our Good Samaritan is to reach people before these unfortunate things happen. The challenge for us who’ve been rescued is to be a part of His healing ministry to others.
Many good soldiers gave all for the freedom we have today. We salute them and remember their sacrifice this Memorial Day. Believers have also been called to be soldiers who battle the forces of evil and contend for the faith. We are warned to be watchful, for the enemy is subtle and he seeks to destroy. Let’s heed Jude’s warnings.
Habakkuk learned to trust God in spite of the fact that his people, Judah, were about to be judged by God who would use a nation worse than they were. Judah practiced plundering, violence, strife, and other forms of iniquity. Let’s warn our people while there is time, but no matter what happens, like Habakkuk, believe God is our strength and righteous in all He does
Who’s in control? What a comfort to know that God is! The rising cost of food, gasoline, healthcare, etc. could cause fear or worry, but our God wants to provide believers with needed assurance so they can rest while the world is caught up in a whirlwind. Stay in His will. It’s the safest place to be.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t sin? We know, however, that that is not the case. God loves us so much that He wants us to be secure in His love and know that we have eternal life. This is His gift to us so that we don’t have to wonder if the good in our lives outweighs the bad. It’s a matter of putting on His righteousness by acknowledging our need.