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Wednesday's Word

Wednesday's Word

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

What Do You Want?



Take a moment and think of how many ‘wants’ were on people’s minds just this morning. Many woke up wanting a job, while many others woke up wishing they didn’t have to go to work. Some woke up lonely, wanting a special someone in their lives. Others wondering how to fake their own deaths to get out of a bad relationship. And while some woke up wanting a change of pace, others woke up terrified at how fast things were changing, just wanting it to stop. The idea of “want” or desire is very intriguing to me. I think it’s the purest expression of our individual “free will”.

As “proper” Christians, we know that it’s wrong to see God as a genie in a bottle, (even though many still act that way). However, there are times when God proves us by submitting Himself to an open request.

Here’s The Word:


2 Chronicles 1:7 In that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask what I shall give you.”

Mark 10: 35 -36 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

Mark 10:51 51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.(the blind man, Bartimaeus)

These 3 requests show God in all His power asking what these people wanted, and I believe that He (within reason of course) was ready and willing to “grant” them their desires which is made evident by His response to them when He received their requests.

In Chronicles, Solomon didn’t ask for riches, which he didn’t have yet – He asked for wisdom to lead God’s people right. Look at God’s response - 2 Chronicles 1:11-12 “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.”

In contrast, in Mark; James and John asked what they wanted – They wanted prestigious position.
Look at our Lord’s response –Mark 10 38-40 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?” “We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”

And lastly, we see Bartimaeus who of course, was blind. He like many others wanted to be healed from their physical predicaments; withered hand, blindness, leprosy, etc. I believe that each of these people could’ve either picked the Solomon route or the James and John route. It just depends on your own personal focus. In Psalm 23, David’s prayer to God acknowledges God as the divine Shepherd Who knows how to provide good for His sheep – even to the degree that we should never be concerned about our provision. I bring that up because some people think it’s wrong to desire and hopefully by seeing these examples in Scripture, they can come away with a better understanding. Paul says that he LEARNED to be content in any circumstance, that’s the road most of us are on.

A word of caution: We live in a world where Satan is called "The prince of the power of the air" and he does wield powers and abilities that draw us away from God with temptations of things we "want". He believes that we're no more than one thing waiting on the next, while being totally unpropitious to discomfort......but God delivers and strengthens those whose hearts are toward Him. Check yourself.

The take away is this: How deeply do you think about your desires? Are they more closely tied to relief of your current situation? More concerned with your future glory? Or are you mindful to see yourself as God’s and the most important thing you can ask of Him is that you’d be worthy to accomplish what He asks of you. One of my favorite requests someone ever asked of God was the Father of a possessed boy in Mark 9. Jesus says 9:23(b) - 24“All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”

We often look at our lives through the lenses of desires and choices and we don’t really factor in God the way we should. Why? Sometimes because we don’t believe that He’s that kind of God and sometimes because we just don’t know what kind of God He is at all. I pray that we get to know our God and what it means for us to truly have a will and desire to be shaped into His using. Where every want is properly aligned with Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.


In Him,
Cros

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wipe Your Feet



I believe that a true delivery of The Gospel is to be completely saturated by Grace. Mustering it should only be as hard a task as looking into the mirror and realizing that even with your darkest days behind you, not one single day yet before you could find you deserving of something so wondrous; that The Darling of Heaven would subject Himself to such a low, pitiful estate to secure your ransom.
I can confidently say that a presentation of The Gospel lacking a preponderance of grace is no proper presentation at all.

But then there’s this other thing;

When you read the Bible, look at both sides of the message. Look deeply at how each is presented. The Gospel message is free, and sufficient, and the clearest expression of a loving God that no man can ever boast in anything but it’s universal application to all who would humbly receive it.

Now look at the message of sanctification – growing in righteousness. This is the appropriate response of appreciation that comes from highly valuing not only the fact that a Sovereign God would, but the lengths He went to - What it cost Him personally to redeem us.

When you enter The Door, you wipe your feet
Out of respect for the place that you’ve entered.
You don’t dishonor that you’ve been invited
Or prove yourself a rebellious dissenter.

The fact that you’re able to walk through the door
Can hardly be attributed to merit
For if you were able to see the filth of your sin
For certain you’d not be able to bear it.

Look down at your feet and the rug that you’ve trampled
Now spotted and splattered with grime
Reminiscent of the sin we took pleasure in
Yet, unable to pay for our crime.

As we wipe our feet, God wipes our slate
Our crimson is purged, white as snow
There’s an expectation of appreciation
That we’d walk in the truth we now know.

Yet many continue and keep getting into
The temptations and trappings of sin
They come back to the rug, with a nonchalant shrug
Wiping again and again

God gave us His Spirit, that we should walk in it
To give us the strength to resist
To become children of light, in power and might
Reach for perfection. Persist!

Let’s not cheapen this Grace, as we all run our race
Until the perfection of our Faith is complete
Let’s honor the cost of inconceivable loss
And remember what it cost to wipe our feet.

Here's The Word:


John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

Hebrews 6:4-6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

Hebrews 10:22 - 24 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

Hebrews 10:26 - 27 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

Remember, I'm all about the proper context of Bible verses, and with the one from Hebrews, I'm not trying to get into a theological debate about losing salvation (which I don't believe is possible).
However, I am drawing simple attention the Bibles emphasis on how valuable salvation is and how continuing in sin is not compatible with it. No, none of us will ever be perfect this side of Heaven but it should most certainly be our goal. Meaning, we shouldn't look at sin as something so flippant, like an occupational hazard. But we should give every effort(in the strength of The Spirit) to eradicating it from our lives.

It's a wonderful thing, this salvation we've been given and we absolutely need Christ to clean us up, but it needs to be proclaimed and appreciated, not cheapened underfoot. If God tells us not to cast our pearls before swine (Mt 7:6) you can best believe that He doesn't do it with His pearl of such a great price!


In Him,
Cros

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Better





It's funny how little things can present such obvious sways in our disposition, changing our mood. For instance, if you saw your name on the ladder and you recognize the name of anyone who's ahead of you, it can be disconcerting. Just like if you recognized a name further down than yours, a little feeling of satisfied accomplishment probably came to your mind. Even though it's a picture and of course the names aren't placed in any particular order on purpose. That's simply the nature of our pride - we may not feel comfortable admitting it out loud but it gets 'affected' when someone else is in a place of prominence over us OR if we feel we're being placed lower than someone else; they're similar but not exactly the same thing.
This is actually about those who are better than us, but not in a way that should affect our pride. This is not about envy but embracing the task before us.

If you’re anything like me, you realize how wholly unrelenting this all seems sometimes. I make choices, make remarks, make mistakes and make a total mess of things, requiring me to repent, regroup and try it again. Since I've been at this for a while, I realize that there's no where else to turn, so I can't say that I feel like giving up, but I can say that sometimes it's hard going on.
Then I think - Whew! Thanks be to God that it's in those times that I have to remember WHO’S doing the making and what method HE’s using.

The same way God uses people (man & woman) to make people, who also uses Disciples to make disciples. So who’s around you? Who's doing this Christian walk thing ‘better than you’? Don’t let your pride get in the way, making you feel icky about someone better than you – remember, if this is going the way God plans someone should also be looking at you because you’re better at it than them.

Notice the picture of the very TALL ladder – There’s Jesus at the top rung and we’re all somewhere NOT at the top rung. You need to see that you’re not reaching past the next rung, but for it. Someone who’s got their tongue under a little better control, someone who’s got their thought life a little cleaner. Someone a little better at being slow to anger and slow to speak. Someone who makes that next rung close enough to be reachable. Those are the kinds of friends we should be looking to get close to. They're the kind of friends that would be all too pleased to help you get to your next rung as they reach for theirs.

Often times its our imaginations that are our biggest enemies. We look at people ahead of us and begin to assume how life must be that much better for them - Uhhh...let's not forget, no matter where anyone else is on the ladder, they're still ON A LADDER and although we may pause here and there, there are no hammocks on the ladder, no lemonade stands in the shade, no places to take an extended break in lasting comfort, we ALL still have climbing to do. This is about being okay with seeing people as better than us - People who actually see themselves as better are either due for a fall, correction, or are simply a ladder rung themselves and we'll learn how to get past them.


Here's The Word;

1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 1:7 - 9 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God

Philippians 4:9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

Ultimately, Christ is the goal. He's also the strength. He's the author and finisher, perfecting of our faith.
Let's put our pride aside and choose to feel inspired rather than antsy. Let's appreciate and encourage those ahead of us, just as we encourage and lead by example those who are coming up behind us. Remember, no one has it easy.

Some may take issue with the use of the word 'better' in this and I totally understand. I'm just being honest about what goes on in the quietness of our hearts when that old man tries to impose 'attitude'. If we can take it, embrace it and turn it into praise, we rob him of that tool and are able to see more clearly to move ahead. I'm thankful for every 'better' friend that I have and I hope that I can provide the same steadfastness to others as they have provided to me.

For each rung of 'this' ladder, one things stands true; I won't be here long and someone else will be here soon. This isn't about bragging rights, this is about the business of us all, getting better.

In Him,
Cros

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Eyeglasses, a Bicycle and an Oven Mitt



Life is busy. Even when we consider ourselves “bored”, we really just mean that we haven’t found anything interesting or otherwise worth our while, but that doesn’t stop our day after day from passing by at a regrettably irretrievable clip.
Unless we have a reason to stop and take note, so many things pass by our eyes as random.
As fast as things zip by, once you’re able to look at things with Spiritual eyes, much of the random world begins to look a lot different than you could ever imagine.

In the hands of The Holy Spirit, ordinary things become extraordinary, and can have a lasting impact. In the same way, ordinary men in His hands are transformed and enabled to impact lives to the glory of God.

Look at the glasses, I remember when I didn’t have a use for them at all. Although I can still see very well at a distance, reading small print up close requires the use of magnifiers. When I see the glasses, I think about God’s provision and perfection. Often times we pride ourselves on the things we’re able to do well, especially if it’s a talent we’ve been at for a while. We may not overly express patting ourselves on the back but all the same, we can be (and even seek to be) overly pleased within ourselves. We should never forget our glasses – If it were not for the Holy Spirit showing us things up close, we would still be afar off and blind, but His illumination of The Truth has brought us near to God.

Here’s The Word;

Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

The Bicycle – Some see the bicycle and think, why not a motorcycle or a car? All I can say to that is, He gave me 'bicycle' and I try to stay very careful about writing down; what He shows me, how He shows me, without my help. That actually upstages the fact that He’s personally particular with each one of us. He may show you something different, but it all leads to a revealing of who God is in Truth.
Now, back to the bike – The bicycle isn’t just about transportation, but transformation. To “Go places” on a bike, you have to peddle. You have to be committed to the change of scenery and the change you personally experience as you go.
Peddling is hard and life doesn’t present many opportunities to ‘coast’. That’s not why we’re here. Through toil and endurance, we’re here to be remade.
Most times, our “first” bike is an answer to prayer. We SO want a bike and hopefully there comes that Christmas or birthday morning where we stumble out of bed to see our new bicycle and we rejoice! “YES!!!!!”
Not a glancing thought goes into the work presented by a bike. When we’re older, bikes look very different but it’s that maturity that gives us an appreciation for the transformation.

Here’s The Word;

2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

Ahhhhh, and the oven mitt – I remember hearing it preached in churches how we are to go “Boldly, before the throne of Grace.” And honestly, I think as much as I’ve heard it, I still had an issue with something that sounded arrogant about that statement. Maybe it’s just me but I saw a conflict between humility and boldly going before God Almighty. Thanks be to God that I can see it differently now.
Ever go after something in a hot oven without the aid of an oven mitt? Or even just touch the unprotected part of your arm to the hot rack? Nothing like searing pain to grab your attention, right? An oven mitt doesn’t make you bold (or arrogant), it just makes you protected. That’s how I interpret the Scripture now. If we’re covered with Christ, He’s like our Supernatural oven mitt providing protection, allowing us to have confidence when going before Almighty God, Whom the appropriately Bible calls – A consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:29)

When you look at the whole of Scripture, God isn’t simply waiting to enjoy the final judgment where He can release His pinned up anger. Although it true that His wrath is being held back: He’s done WAY more than anyone else could expect in providing us a pardon, sparing us from the searing heat to come.
Remember, we’re His creation and yet, it was HIS Son who was provided to save us. He’s endured teaching us lesson after lesson that His holiness can’t be compromised and our stubbornness holds no escape and no promise of blessing. He’s waited patiently, given us all things that pertain to life, and personally suffered our wanderings toward selfish desires instead of life in Him.

Here’s The Word;

2 Peter 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

I leave you with this: Take the time to look out at your world. Not simply at a glance but pray that God would start to "show" deeper things in the seemingly mundane. Pray that your spiritual eyes would opened and developed to reignite the endurance of your transportation and the excitement of your transformation.
And lastly, that would stay in the place of protection and hold confident in the sufficiency of Christ to safeguard us in the presence of God as we confidently go before Him, seeking mercy and His grace to help in our time of need (Hebrews 4:6).


In Him,
Cros

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Devil, pt. 3



The last 2 posts of this series used a picture that people usually associate with the ‘classic’ look of Satan, the devil: Red, horns, tail & pitchfork. Since this imagery is not in The Bible, you have to ask; Who's behind the propagation of that image?
In late 2010, M. Night Shyamalan produced a movie, 'Devil'. When I’d seen the previews earlier in the year, my righteous self was like “Oh, I’m never going to watch that movie – no reason to subject myself to something so obviously evil”.
As I think back, I don’t even know what changed my mind about seeing it, but I saw it and I’m glad I did.

Without giving anything away, the movie is sort of like a “Who done it?”, or more to the point “Who’s doing it?” but it’s intriguing because as the watcher, you’re really trying to figure out WHO the devil is and there’s enough twist and turns to keep you guessing.
I don’t know Mr. Shyamalan’s theology when it comes to Satan, but I would say that he’s more on the mark than the “red guy”. I remember looking at the situation where Jesus says to Peter “Get behind me Satan” and first I thought “Whoa! That’s harsh!” Later I thought, was Jesus serious? Was He really calling Peter THE DEVIL?
When I look at the rest of Scripture in context – I think He was.

Here’s The Word;

1 John 3:8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.

Genesis 4:7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.”

Acts 5:3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land?

Matthew 16:23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

The Bible tells us that Satan “prowls” around looking for an opportunity. He doesn’t have the means or physical form (like the red guy) to show up and commit mayhem on his own. His method is to influence a person to victimize into fulfilling his will. Once he’s found his puppet, isn’t it right to look past the strings and call out the puppet master by name? This is what we see in Scripture. We are told to be on guard, watchful and wise when it comes to the devil and because we know he tries to use us as well as other people – that’s where we look for manifestations of ‘devilishness’.

Do you think Peter could’ve gotten away with one of the main phrases we hear today? “Hey! Don’t judge me.”
We must not allow ourselves to be lulled into being unprepared for fear of making someone feel judged: Being watchful, assessing your situation and acting accordingly (resist when appropriate, or flee when necessary) are all important things we do to keep our feet on the ‘straight way’ and some people will see it and feel a certain way. Be biblical and tender, speak the truth IN love and like Christ did with Peter, don’t just hurl an accusation; explain the concern.
Remember, if we’re not actively guarding our hearts and keeping a watchful eye, we run the risk of being influenced by Satan or running into him, clothed in any random smiling, good intentioned person we’re likely to meet.


In Him,
Cros

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

I Died



My life was my own and I’d found my stride.
Until one day, broadside, Christ crashed into me.
I almost died

At first I’d resisted, just tried to tone down my pride.
But Christ kept showing me ME in ways that couldn't
be denied.

Every time I would stand, I would then start to slide.
“You’re using your own strength and not mine”,
He replied.

I really couldn’t understand, though His word clarified.
Something didn’t connect. I couldn’t get across
the divide

My head was engaged but my heart sat ring-side.
I could debate and talk churchy, yet full surrender remained
untried.

Until after so many failures and oh so many tries,
I wanted Christ to become MORE, now He helps my ME
subside.

Longing for meaning, I thought my eyes were open wide.
Didn’t realize my blindness until Christ came, and
I finally died.

He stretched forth His grace, when He was crucified.
Now I mortify my members, using the strength that
He provides.

Now I see things differently, I stay close and abide.
I know how hard “self” wants to resurface and
preside.

But in Christ I have strength, so in Christ I confide.
I put no confidence in the flesh that just wants to
backslide.

Life is all about Him and He will not be denied.
When all of this is over, As King, He'll stand...
Glorified.

T'was The Father’s purpose, to have Christ’s death applied.
So we could become His righteousness, seated
by His side.

In Him there is fullness, and fulfillment amplified
'Blessings all mine, with ten thousand
beside.'

Now I’m thankful and sober as I know deep inside.
Any and everything good about me began that day
I died.


Here's The Word:

Colossians 3:1 - 11 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

Romans 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.


Dead, yet living In Him,
Cros

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Deserve



I don’t know if I’d call it a peculiar thing about myself but I really enjoy taking notice of minutiae. The little things. Nuance. I'm aware of how irritating that can be in conversation so I’m also careful of the context with which I embrace it, but when appropriate…I like finding understanding and meaning in the subtle.
I blame Romans 1, which talks about how God’s divine nature and eternal power are ‘clearly’ evident in creation itself. On a grand scale as well as the tiny, creeping things; this world is quite magnificent, but compared to the vastness of God’s divine nature and eternal power, I would call nature inexcusably clear, yet subtle…there’s much more to God.
So I look for fingerprints – little evidences of the powers at work in our world. Often times I’m provoked to say out loud, “See, that’s how you know…” (that there's a LOT going on behind the scenes)

This idea applies to good things as well as bad.
Take for instance, the things that affect our disposition. A few days ago, I had my Fitbit confiscated at work. Now if I were one of those people who live and die by a Fitbit, I can see how that can be a pretty big deal. I’m not that guy but because work has been a bit heavier lately with a few changes and challenges, I saw a subtle thing happening: a feeling started to try and seize control of my heart and steal my joy – I started feeling like “I don’t deserve this”. Those were the words, and they could’ve just as easily been “I deserve better than this”…or several other variations, maybe you know a few.
Thank God! Paying attention to the little things pays off: I recognized those fingerprints – That’s how you know there’s a devil.


Here’s The Word:

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, Yes, has God said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Genesis 3:4 – 6 And the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die: For God does know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took

When you look at the interaction between Eve and the serpent, notice the subtlety. He first asks a question about something she should’ve already been more solidified in, but his question leads her to question.
Then, his outright lie passes by the eyes rather quickly – he doesn’t spend much time at all lying about God’s words, he simply says “you won’t” and proceeds to influence a personal enticement of how she deserves the good of the fruit. He doesn’t force her to do wrong, he makes her want to do wrong by putting her in a position of feeling she deserves better.

This is where we need to be wise of the enemy’s tricks and respond rightly when they come upon us. The devil don't mind you having a big red letter bible engraved in gold with you and your pastor's name on the dedication page as long as he can still draw you away from righteousness by simply impressing you with what “you deserve”.

This goes easy for him because most of us have such an aversion to a “hard” life. However, the Bible is replete with evidence that we are often called to make hard choices and endure hard things...even suffering for righteousness sake (1 Peter 3:14). It proves who we are in Christ since most times it takes the power of the Holy Spirit to make those choices, endure and trust that God will fulfill the good of it in His time, not ours.

Remember, the correct expectation is faithful obedience. What payment should we expect for simply doing what we're supposed to do? This helps us understand that ANY good in our lives is not OWED to us, especially knowing that our obedience is 'lacking' to say the least. The bible says that every good and perfect gift comes from above(James 1:17) ...so everything good in your life IS a gift that we should be thankful (and show appreciation) for.

Foregoing what we deserve in order to better represent the Name and Character of Christ would change things for us: It would change how we act in traffic, change how deal with a bad boss, change how we feel to retaliate when we feel someone is disrespecting us and change how tenderly we seek peace with people even when they’re the wrong one. All of these examples have bible references that deal directly with them. Don’t believe me, check Colossians 3.

Be thankful! If we can really get past ourselves and consider what we REALLY deserve – we’re fallen, stubborn, unappreciative and wholly undeserving of much else other than stern correction or outright destruction from a Sovereign God, to Whom I’m sure that our ‘fist waving deservings’ reek of that stench first emanated in Genesis 3 which has been recorded and given to us so we would take caution and know …
…that’s how you know there’s a devil.


In Him,
Cros