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April 2, 2013

Great House of God

A Home for Your Heart, Lucado

The Great House of God; A Home For Your Heart by Max Lucado

I have asked one thing from the LORD. This is what I want: Let me live in the LORD’s house all the days of my life. ~Psalm 27:4

Did you know that God has built a House for your soul – a home for your heart? Just as you have a physical house to shelter your body, God has provided a Spiritual home to shelter your heart and house your soul.

The Lord’s Prayer sets this expansive floor plan in “The Great House of God,” while author Max Lucado takes you on a captivating room by room tour through the grandest and soundest of shelters you could ever know.

‘The observatory will stretch you.  The chapel will humble you.  The study will direct you.  And the kitchen will nourish you. The roof never leaks, the walls never crack, and the foundation never trembles. In God’s house, you are home. So come into the house built just for you. Your Father is waiting.’

Also included is an excellently detailed study guide that would make this an ideal book for small groups or book clubs to go into a deeper study or discussion of presented topics chapter by chapter.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this eBook free from the publisher, Thomas Nelson through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. 16 CFR, Part 255.

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January 17, 2013

I Like You. I Love You.

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  ~Jesus

“I don’t have to ‘like’ him. God didn’t say I had to ‘like’ him; He only said I had to ‘love’ him.” ~Stiff-Necked Person

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Ever heard this.? I have and my thoughts on it are many, fast and furious. But first let me ask you another question: Do you like yourself.? Chances are at some point in your life you may not have, if only for a brief moment.. And it is a rare individual that dislikes someone (including ones self) and is yet still able to sincerely seek their highest good; Or in other words to love.

To say that we love someone but that we do not like them is to insinuate that we understand this means we are to seek (which is an action) their highest good, no matter what are personal thoughts of them may be. This seeking to do good is not the same as passively seeking not to do them any harm.

Just to be clear on what’s being communicated.. Let’s step to a side herein for a moment and concede that no one wants, understandably so, to hang out with a rapist or the town gossip — the Bible warns of keeping such company while at the same time commanding we turn our check and actively do good to them also. Strong prescription.. Yes.

But we often dislike and withhold love from others for some majorly meager causes.. Do we even stop to ask ourselves why it is

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we have accepted some of the character traits in those close to us, while rejecting others for beholding them.? Do we sincerely question our Christlikeness when excluding others from fellowship just because we find them odd or different to us — them having done us no intentional wrong. The aforementioned,  Judging others from a far, and keeping them at a distance is neither actively seeking their highest good or seeking to do them good. It is not love.

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We are not, we cannot show God’s love when holding others at arms length in  “dislike.”  And while our disliking of others may not mean that we are evil, neither does it mean that we are Christlike. What we are is grieving. Grieving the heart of God.

This is not the love that Jesus came, suffered, died for us to know, and in turn show others.

‘A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.’ ~Jesus

Selah ~ Pause Calmly and Reflect on That.

August 9, 2010

Thou, O LORD

<< Psalm 3 (WBT) >>

LORD, how are they multiplied that trouble me? Many are they that rise up against me.

Many there are who say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.

But Thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of my head.

I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill. Selah.

I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.

I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me on all sides.

Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for Thou hast smitten all my enemies upon the cheek bone; Thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.

Salvation belongeth to the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.


August 4, 2010

Spurgeon ~ With blasting, With Mildew & With Hail

 

“I smote you with blasting and with mildew and with hail in all the labours of your hands.” ~Haggai 2:17
How destructive is the hail to the standing crops, beating out the precious grain upon the ground! How grateful ought we to be when the corn is spared so terrible a ruin! Let us offer unto the Lord thanksgiving.
Even more to be dreaded are those mysterious destroyers-smut, bunt, rust, and mildew.

These turn the ear into a mass of soot, or render it putrid, or dry up the grain, and all in a manner so beyond all human control that the farmer is compelled to cry, “This is the finger of God.”

Innumerable minute fungi cause the mischief, and were it not for the goodness of God, the rider on the black horse would soon scatter famine over the land. Infinite mercy spares the food of men, but in view of the the-lords-prayer-collage-ruth-palmer active agents which are ready to destroy the harvest, right wisely are we taught to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.”

The curse is abroad; we have constant need of the blessing. When blight and mildew come they are chastisements from heaven, and men must learn to hear the rod, and him that hath appointed it.

Spiritually, mildew is no uncommon evil. When our work is most promising this blight appears. We hoped for many conversions, and lo! a general apathy, an abounding worldliness, or a cruel hardness of heart!

There may be no open sin in those for whom we are labouring, but there is a deficiency of sincerity and decision sadly disappointing our desires. We learn from this our dependence upon the Lord, and the need of prayer that no blight may fall upon our work.

Spiritual pride or sloth will soon bring upon us the dreadful evil, and only the Lord of the harvest can remove it. Mildew may even attack our own hearts, and shrivel our prayers and religious exercises. May it please the great Husbandman to avert so serious a calamity.

Shine, blessed Sun of Righteousness, and drive the blights away.

July 30, 2010

Timeless Promise

Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.[1]

This promise decree’s to all – no matter who they may be, Israelites, Gentiles, Pharisees, Scoffers, Harlots, or even the very Castaways of the devil – a promise of unparalleled proportion.

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Timeless Promise

There are no limits to its duration – it is a timeless promise. It does not merely say, “I will not cast out a sinner only upon the first time he comes to me,”  but “I will in no wise cast out.” The original Greek reads οὐ μή (oo may).  This is a double negative strengthening His denial of ever responding with rejection; “I will not, not cast out,” or “I will never, never cast out.”  It means, that Christ will not at first reject a new believer; and that as He will not do it at the first, so He will not in the latter.

But suppose the believer sins after coming to Christ?  “If any man sin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” But suppose that believers backslide? “I will heal their backsliding,   I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.” But believers may fall under temptation! “God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” But the believer may fall into sin as David did! Yes, but he will “Purge them with hyssop, and they shall be clean; he will wash them and they shall be whiter than snow”; “From all their iniquities will I cleanse them.” Not from some sins, not from a few iniquities but all of them!

“Once in Christ, in Christ forever,
Nothing from his love can sever.”

I give unto my sheep,” saith He, “eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” What have you to say to this, O trembling feeble mind? Is not this the most precious mercy, that coming to Christ, you do not come to One who will treat you well for a little while, and then send you about your business, but He will receive you and make you His bride, and you will be His forever?

Then receive no longer the spirit of bondage to fear, but the spirit of adoption whereby you shall cry, Abba, Father! Oh! the grace of these words: “I will in no wise cast out.”

Sources:
[1] John 6:37 (KJV)
Daily Devotions by Charles Spurgeon

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