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From Song of Solomon

Friday, September 21, 2018

When we love someone, that relationship helps define who we are. As we reciprocate God’s love for us, for instance, we gain an identity as His people. Furthermore, our love for God enables us to love others. 

The Song of Solomon celebrates both our ability to love our spouse and the beautiful gift from God that is marital love. After all, God designed man and woman to enjoy a divinely created dimension of intimacy. When we experience romantic love as God intended, we find joy. 

 

Love, for spouse, children, or God is meant to be given completely as well as thoroughly enjoyed. The speakers in these songs are celebrating each other’s love. We see in their song that love is not passive but active and vigorous. 

Love is characterized by action more than affection.  Love also sees others in the best possible way.

 

How precious it is to be viewed by another through eyes of love! That is how we ought to view our spouse, and that is how God sees us. He looks upon us through forgiving eyes of unfailing love. We too can say, “He is mine, and I am His!”  Song of Solomon 2:16

 

Boldness from Christ

Friday, July 27, 2018

Early one morning while reading and drinking coffee, the verse Matthew 26: 75 reminded me about "seeing one's true self". “Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, "Before a rooster crows, you will deny me three times." And he went out and wept bitterly.” 

When Jesus his apostles walked to the Mount of Olives, Jesus told them that was the night the Shepherd would be struck down. He also spoke of meeting them in Galilee after the resurrection, but that comment seems muffled by Peter's bold assertion.  With great confidence, Peter announced, “I will never be made to stumble” (Matt 26:33). Jesus calmly reassured his well-intentioned friend that, as a matter of fact, before morning Peter would deny knowing Him, and would do so three times. With even greater conviction, Peter proclaimed, “Even if I have to die with you,  I will not deny you!” (vs 35).

Jesus knows us better than we know ourselves. He understands our natural weakness but also recognizes where we can find strength: in Him and Him alone.  Self-reliance will always get us into trouble, for we simply don’t always have the ability to do what we should. As a result, our limitations are revealed so we must learn to find our strength in God and God alone. As long as our confidence is based on ourselves, we will inevitably fail. Therefore, Our boldness must come from Christ!

 

First or Last Resort?

Thursday, May 10, 2018

“Do not put your trust in princes, Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help. Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the Lord his God” Ps. 146:3, 5

When the bottom falls out the market, do you call your stockbroker right away? When the pink slip has your name on it, do you open the Yellow Pages for “headhunters” instead of opening Scripture? When you’re in a jam, do you immediately call a friend? When heavy traffic is going to make you miss your flight, do you swear instead of pray?

Is God too often your last resort?

Our temptation and human tendency is to turn to people in our time of need rather to the One who is truly able to help us in any situation. Unlike human beings, God is not limited by time or space, power or knowledge, busyness or self-interest. The psalmist knew “there is no help” in princes and human beings. Ask God to do His work in our hearts so we will turn first to Him in confidence and trust, ready to accept is a solution, His timing, His love, and His perfect plan for us.

Who will you turn to first? 

 

Add to Your Faith ...

Friday, April 20, 2018

“But also, for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. “ 2Peter 1:5-7 

 

This is quite a list, isn't it?  We are to "add" all of these things to the faith in God that we had when he added us into His family.  The verb, “add,” suggests these are godly traits but, like every command in the Bible, God does not call us to do something without enabling us to fulfill His command. 

 

Knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love do not come naturally or easily to us. We need to be willing to work with God as He, through His Spirit, develops these characteristics in us.  He is willing and able because He loves us!   

 

Let us hunger and thirst for these qualities in our lives and strive to be more Christ-like as we serve him every day.  

 

Put Your Trust in God

Friday, April 06, 2018

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. “ Pro. 3:5-6

No matter your level of education, you don’t have all the answers to everything life throws at you. Whether it’s a difficult predicament, an unexpected turn of events, or a tragic loss you may find yourself struggling to solve a problem and explain why something negative has happened.

Sisters and brothers, God has all the answers. You don’t need to look any further or seek comfort from anyone else. He has your best interest in heart. Our Father and our God knows what we need. All we have to do is submit to Him, praise him for the successes in our life, and turn to Him at times of hardship. Our Lord will guide us through everything we do. Let us turn every area of our life over to Him. There’s no halfway with God. We can’t’ choose to follow Him some of the time and ignore Him other times.

If we make Him a vital part of everything we do, He will lead us because we will be working to accomplish His will. God knows what is best for us always! Our father is a better judge of what we need than we are, so we MUST trust Him completely in every choice we make. Amen.

“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:19

 

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