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May the Lord fill your life with the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

If God is not first in your life, then something else is (Deut 6:4-5, Matt 6:24, 33; 10:32-38, Mark 8:34, Luke 11:23, 1 John 5:21).

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Feelings come and feelings go, and feelings are deceiving; Our warrant is the Word of God; naught else is worth believing.” -Martin Luther
Since sin separates us from God, it is not surprising that those who do not believe in God say they feel separated from any spiritual connection. But why personalize, or humanize God’s love? Strangely, this is not unlike the experience of one who believes in God. Most believers will describe God as an extension of themselves. But what this does is create a god in one's own image. So, whether we believe or don't believe there is always a personal bias supporting that belief. This is the pitfall that we fall into when we confuse feelings over faith. Chuck Swindoll writes, “if we have a shallow view of God then we will have a shallow life; cheapen God and you cheapen life.”
When our world turns upside down and everything and everyone seems to be against us, we personalize the experience. We say, “nobody knows what I am going through” or “nobody can relate to my past experience.” But remember God has promised that He would never leave us. Faith is trusting God even when we don't understand things. Making it personal only attempts to understand things through our own knowledge, experience and feelings. The reality is, once we consider the greatness of God's wisdom and knowledge we can then recognize how unfit we are to understand God's ways. When we do, we can then accept God's hand as controlling everything and leave everything in His hands.
The simplest way to try and understand our relationship with God, however, is to look at the way we have relationships in the family. There is a reason why God refers to us as His children. Do we love our kids? Do we want our kids to be respectful, loyal and faithful? Do we want our kids to feel protected and safe? Do we want our kids to feel joy and happiness? And, is it ok for our kids to burden us with all the little things as well as all the big things? You see the point? If God just wanted the good and not the bad, then our relationship with Him would be far different. It would not be unlike the difference we see in kids when only good behavior is rewarded and bad ones are unpunished. Children learn that they can expect good things in the absence of love. Do we want to be a spoiled, bratty child? God wants us to come to Him because of love and not because we expect good things. His love is unconditional and insurmountable. There are no strings attached. He simply wants us to accept His GIFT (John 3:16) which can only be received when we give up our efforts to try and understand or control our lives and instead surrender to His power and His grace.
God is always just and always fair, and He has made promises to us that will be kept. Unlike what the enemy tries to do and manipulate words around, His Word never changes. It is the same today as it was when it was first told to us. God cannot sin, so He cannot break a promise nor can He lie! So when Jesus states that He was given authority by God, realize that Satan never had it nor ever will. Satan will lie, deceive and mislead in the form of scripture twisting and bias as well as all forms of feelings like guilt, insecurity, doubt, anxiety, depression, etc, etc. This is why we need to live by faith and not by feelings! Put your trust in the truth. Put your faith in Christ.
Jesus will return. It is God’s will. When He does, will you be ready to accept His gift of eternal life? You see, we have been repeatedly reminded to accept His Son as the bread of life (John 6:32-35). That all who believe in Him will be richly rewarded. Jesus was given the authority to judge and give eternal life. We know this for a fact, as truth. What we don’t know is when. That is why He tells us TODAY is the day for salvation. He just may appear tomorrow or as a thief in the night (1 Thessalonians 5:1-2, 2 Peter 3:10, Revelation 3:3). We all take that extra time to make sure our house is ready for our special guests, like making sure the house is clean, the table is properly set, the food and drinks are enough, etc. So ask yourself, is your house ready for the return of Christ? Or will you be unprepared and doing something that should have been cleaned-up?



Cares Of This World (by Mike MacIntosh)


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Created Wednesday, March 18, 2009