Posts Tagged ‘God

04
Oct
18

Disposable Marriages

We live in a society where we throw things away quite readily. It seems like nothing lasts or they don’t make things like they used to. From TVs to computers to cell phones, we don’t expect things to last. Down in Atlanta, Georgia, they threw away a sports stadium. The Georgia Dome was less than 25 years old before they threw it away in favor of a new stadium. This lack of permanence even makes its way into our marriages. Jesus addressed the topic of divorce in Matthew 5. He said:

It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery. – Matthew 5:31-32 (NIV)

The Bible says that God hates divorce. I’ve seen friends go through so much pain because of divorce that it helps me understand why He hates it. To our modern ears, Jesus’ words may sound harsh. I think He wants us to think about our commitments before we throw away our marriages. We made solemn vows before God and asked Him to bless our marriages. We need to honor those vows and do whatever it takes to stay married before we lawyer up and divorce our spouses.
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18
Sep
18

Pointing People To Peace

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus begins with several beatitudes. These are little statements that point us in the right direction. It begins with a recognition of one’s own spiritual poverty. As Jesus goes along, He describes the path to a right relationship with God as your Heavenly Father. As we grow and discover how to have peace with God, we are to point others to peace with God. Jesus said:

Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God. – Matthew 5:9 (NIV)

Our Heavenly Father desires peace between Himself and people. Because of sin, humanity is at war with God. He sent Jesus to bring about peace between us. We did all of the sinning and Jesus does all of the saving. He makes peace possible through His death and resurrection. Those who have received His peace are now called to be peacemakers. Pray for someone you know who needs Jesus. May you have an opportunity to be a peacemaker today.
17
Sep
18

Purity Of Heart

Jesus describes what a person who is on the right track spiritually looks like in Matthew 5. It’s how He begins His “Sermon on the Mount.” We know this passage as “The Beatitudes.” He talks about the rewards for recognizing one’s spiritual poverty and need for God. Those who think that they’ve got it all together and have no need of a Savior will never find Him because they’re not looking for Him. Jesus continued by talking about the reward of being pure in heart. He said:

Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God. – Matthew 5:8 (NIV)

What does it mean to be pure in heart? It means that one has a pure devotion to God. God loves you with His whole heart. If you think that you can love Him with only half of yours, you are mistaken. God wants it all. He wants your whole heart. He wants all of you. Is it because God is insecure? Not at all! He’s your Creator and as your Creator, He knows what is best for His Creation. He alone can truly satisfy our every longing for true love because only His love is true and unconditional. Let’s commit ourselves to purity of heart today knowing that we will see God one day.
11
Sep
18

Hungry For God

When you begin your journey of faith, you start by realizing the depths of your spiritual poverty. You know that there is nothing good in you. You mourn and weep over your sinful condition. You humbly come before God for forgiveness. Once you acknowledge your brokenness and your propensity for doing the wrong things, you begin to desire the right things. Jesus said:

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled. – Matthew 5:6 (NIV)

If your deepest desire is to be made right with God, God will satisfy that desire in a way that only He can. You cannot earn His favor or grace by your righteous deeds. You have to want to be made right with Him by His grace through faith in Jesus. When you want that kind of relationship, God will give you that kind of relationship. It’s a loving relationship that satisfies like no other. If you’re hungry and thirsty for God, He alone will fill your every longing.
31
Aug
18

Complaining About Worship?

One of the things about which Christians complain the most often is worship. It seems that everyone has an opinion on worship services. I don’t like these new songs. I don’t like these old songs. I think that the music is too loud. I don’t think that the music is loud enough. I don’t like it when the lights are out. I don’t like it when the lights are turned up. Everyone has an opinion about worship. The apostle Paul might help us by directing us to the object of our worship. He wrote:

To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. – Philippians 4:20 (NIV)

In the statements that I listed above, they all had one word in common: “I.” When we let our personal preferences get in the way of our worship of God, we’re no longer worshiping God alone. We need to remember that God is the object of our worship. Instead of complaining about our worship services, why don’t you pray for the people preparing and leading them? Remember that they are trying to worship God, too. When you complain to them after a service, you’re distracting them from worshiping the Lord. Someone complained to pastor and author Francis Chan once and said that they didn’t think that the worship service was very good. He said that that was okay because “we weren’t worshiping you.”
20
Aug
18

The Peace Of God

After encouraging the Philippians not to worry about anything and to instead pray about everything, Paul then tells them about God’s peace. He wrote:

And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:7 (NIV)

When we worry, it robs our hearts and minds of God’s peace. I’ve heard it said that worrying is a lot like banging your head against a wall. It only feels better when you stop. When we put our trust in God for our daily needs, He replaces our worries with peace. Our faith in God overcomes our fears. We don’t understand this kind of peace. It goes beyond our comprehension. The situation about which we are worried hasn’t changed yet, but when we trust the Lord, our perspective changes. We have this inexplicable peace that comes from God. So whatever you’re worried about today, take it to the Lord in prayer and leave it with Him. You’ll find that He will replace your worries with His peace.
17
Aug
18

Praying For Yourself

We worry about so many things, don’t we? We worry about our health, our finances, our kids and our stuff. We worry about the past, the present and the future. We worry about our jobs, our security and our retirements. Where does all of this worry get us? Nowhere. Paul told the Philippians to stop worrying and instead pray. Here’s what he wrote:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

We are to pray about EVERY situation that we are going through. We need to pray with thanksgiving about our lives. Whatever request we have, we should take it to the Lord in prayer. Our Heavenly Father will not turn us away. He won’t accuse us of being selfish when we pray for ourselves. Be thankful for what you have and ask God for what you need. He’s listening and He cares for you. So don’t worry about anything. Instead, pray about everything.



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