Friday, July 27, 2012

Learning the easy(er) way and Psalm 119:100

I understand more than the elders
because I obey Your precepts.

Psalm 119:100

I am not a fan of the Holman Christian Standard Bible, but this verse is spot on.

David is not boasting in a prideful way as it might seem on the surface.  He is exalting the Word of God.  Thank about it.  Would you rather:
a) Learn the hard way through struggle and, possibly, punishment for sin, or
b) Learning ahead of time from studying the Word of God?

How many difficult situations could have been softened or even avoided (!) if you and I had heeded the warning or precept that speaks directly to that situation?

Or put it another way:

There is the option of learning from the examples of others.

You don't have to repeat the poor decisions others have had to pay for.


Monday, July 16, 2012

Jesus Wept... John 11:32-36

Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she qfell down at His feet, saying to Him, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died." Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. And He said,  "Where have you laid him?" They said to Him, "Lord, come and see." Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, "See how He loved him!"  John 11:32-36

"Jesus wept." (v35)

Not only is that the shortest verse in the Bible... it is a powerful one!

He wept: He was fully man.

He wept: He relates to our pain.

He wept: He loves us!

He wept: He is grieved over the effects of sin.

He wept: He is compassionate.

He wept: He is tasted death understanding fully well what would take place.

When you are down, distraught, lonely, or the like... take comorf in knowing Jesus loves you and showed it!


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Resurrection and the Life John 11:23-25

Jesus said to her,  "Your brother will rise again." Martha said to Him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."
Jesus said to her,  "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.  And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?" John 11:23-25

That is the BIG question.  

It's not how often you go to church, or how many "good deeds" you do.  It's not how you treat your pets, or what important cause you give your life to.

Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the life and life Giver?